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Mideast Asia

More and More Jewish Parents against Circumcision

Hamas Chief Revives Talk of Reuniting With P.L.O.

Iran 'will press on with uranium enrichment'

Israel ‘won’t null’ accords with Palestinians over UN bid

Israel Seizes 2 Gaza Boats near New Offshore Limit

Palestinians certain to win recognition as a state

Sanctions side-effect: Iran's food system hit

 

Arab World

Egypt Constitution Party Head’s 'Holocaust' Comment Draws Fire from Islamists

Wave of attacks in Iraq kills at least 30 people

Syria names 142 slain foreign fighters from 18 countries

Egypt panel to vote on divisive charter Thursday: member

Syria Rebels Kill Ruling Party Official with Bomb

Panel Drafting Egypt’s Constitution Vows Quick Finish

Mursi to Speak as Egypt's Islamists Seek Way Out of Crisis

'We're learning how to be free,' says Egypt's Morsi

Saudi programmers to compete in international contest

Egypt crisis raises fears of 'second revolution'

Kuwait could ban 100,000 from travel over dues -paper

Five Jordanians nabbed for Syria plot: Police

Cash crisis, Arab ferment threaten Jordan's stability

 

Europe

Dutch approve move to scrap blasphemy law

UN set to recognise Palestinian state despite US, Israel threats

UN war crimes court acquits former Kosovo PM

Russia jails terror plotter for 15 years

 

South Asia

Government “cynically used xenophobia, nationalism and religious extremism”

Roadside bomb kills 10 in Afghanistan

Five jailed for 10 yrs, four juvenile offenders for 8 yrs for provoking suicide

Hasina urges Khaleda not to save war criminals

Karzai 'unaware' of campaign cash from corrupt bank

Panchagarh freed this day in '71

 

North America

U.S. and Israel Look to Limit Impact of U.N. Vote on Palestinian Authority

CAIR Repudiates Egypt 'Blasphemy' Death Sentences

CAIR Seeks Federal Charges for Threat of Texas Mosque Shooting Spree

Headley, Rana to be sentenced in January next year

In 'Defeat Jihad' Lawsuit, WMATA Paid $35K in Attorney Fees and Costs

Big Issues Are Lost in Focus on Libya Talking Points

U.S. Weighs Bolder Effort to Intervene in Syria’s Conflict

Bin Laden raid doctor Shakil Afridi 'on hunger strike'

CAIR: US Should Explain Probe of Halal Company

Ohio Muslims, Christians Seek Common Ground

 

India

Taliban threaten to avenge Quassab death in a month

Israel pips US in anti-tank guided missile supply to India

India seeks global action against terror in Afghanistan

No room for Muslims in BJP line-up

Rise in J&K influx, drop in attacks baffle agencies

Hyderabad cops question BEST bus blast accused

'Two Indians involved in Kabul Bank fraud case'

Pakistan major source of fake currency in India: Govt

Aligarh Muslim University suspends three students for eve-teasing

Disappointed by govt response to my letters: Kargil martyr’s father

No trace of missing Sukhbir Singh Badal relative in Pakistan

Indo-Pak Cricket series: 3,000 visas for Pakistani fans

 

Africa

With Shabab on the run, Somalia gets a breather

Protesters Shut Down Western Libya's Main Oil Refinery

Benghazi Violence Is beyond the Control of Even the City’s Powerful Militias

Ethiopia to stay in Somalia until ‘AU takeover’

 

Pakistan

Hindus in Pak's Dera Ismail Khan forced to bury their dead

US drone attack kills two suspected militants in South Waziristan

Eight killed in Karachi violence; police arrest 15 suspects

Taliban commander Mullah Nazir injured in Wana suicide attack

Three Mohajir Qaumi Movement activists shot dead in Karachi

Stay on naming Lahore Chowk after Bhagat Singh extended

Pakistan to get new counter-terror body

Former Pakistan minister offers help to Saurabh Kalia family

Pakistan foreign minister: U.S., Pakistan ties fully repaired

 

Southeast Asia

Indonesian Islamist Group Demands Russia Release Members

Indonesians Abused After Football Game in Malaysia

Statue of India's Literary Figure Unveiled at Borobudur Temple

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Mideast Asia

 

More and More Jewish Parents against Circumcision

Nov 29 2012

Jerusalem: Circumcision is one of Judaism's most important laws and for generations of faithful it has symbolized a biblical covenant with God.

But in Israel, more and more Jewish parents are saying no to the blade.

"It's such a taboo in Israel and in Judaism," said Gali, nursing her six-week-old son, about the decision not to have him circumcised.

"It's like coming out of the closet," she said, asking to be identified by her first name only because she had not told her relatives yet.

Nearly all baby boys in Israel are circumcised. Be their parents ultra-Orthodox or totally secular Jews, it is by far the most common choice. Most Israeli-Arabs also keep with a practice that is widespread in the Muslim world.

Jewish circumcisions are done when the baby is eight days old. The majority are performed by a mohel, a religious man trained in the procedure carried out in a festive religious ceremony called a "brit", Hebrew for covenant.

But an increasing minority fear it is a form of physical abuse.

"It's the same as if someone would tell me 'it's our culture to cut off a finger when he is born'," said Rakefet Kaufman, who also did not have her son circumcised.

"People should see it as abuse because it is done to a baby without asking him," she said.

When Gali learnt she was carrying a baby boy it was obvious to her that he would be circumcised. But she started to think again after a conversation with a friend whose son was uncircumcised.

"She asked me what my reason was for doing it, was it religious? I said no. Was it for health reasons? No. Social? No. Then it began to sink in. I began to read more about it, enter Internet forums, I began to realize that I cannot do it."

PHENOMENON GROWING

"The phenomenon is growing, I have no doubt," said Ronit Tamir, who founded a support group for families who have chosen not to circumcise their sons.

"When we started the group 12 years ago we had to work hard to find 40 families ... They were keeping it secret and we had to promise them we'd keep it secret," she said. "Then, we'd get one or two phone calls a month. Nowadays I get dozens of emails and phone calls a month, hundreds a year."

Tamir believes Jews in today's Israel find it easier to break religious taboos.

"People are asking themselves what it means to be Jewish these days," she said, and that leads some to question rules of all kinds, including circumcision.

In societies around the world who circumcise boys for non-religious reasons, out of habit or tradition or because of the perceived health benefits, the practice can be controversial.

Rates of circumcision in Europe are well under 20 percent, while in the United States, according to 2010 statistics cited by the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), more than half of newborn boys continue to be circumcised.

The American Academy of Paediatrics said in August that the health benefits of infant circumcision - potentially avoiding infection, cancer and sexually-transmitted diseases - outweighed the risks, but said parents should make the final call.

But where the decision is ultimately a matter of personal choice for many families around the world, for Jews who question the tradition, it is more complicated.

"It is the covenant between us and God - a sign that one cannot deny and that Jews have kept even in times of persecution," said one well-known mohel who has been performing circumcisions in Israel for more than 30 years. He asked not to be named to avoid being connected to any controversy.

He pointed to the Book of Genesis, where God said to Abraham: "And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskins; and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and you."

It is this covenant that, the mohel said, that "keeps the people of Israel together".

The Bible goes on: "And the uncircumcised male child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he has broken my covenant."

Scholars have differed over the years what this means in practice.

BEING DIFFERENT

Tamir is unswayed by the ancient verses.

"This edict is painful, irreversible and maims," she said. The Internet was helping to spread the word, she said, allowing parents to find information about circumcision and seek advice anonymously.

Some Jewish groups in the United States which oppose circumcision offer alternative religious brit ceremonies that do not include an actual circumcision.

"There is definitely a growing number of Jewish families in the U.S. who are choosing not to circumcise," said Florida-based Rebecca Wald. In 2010 she started a website to connect parents who are unsure about what to do.

"Since then, in phone calls, emails, and on social networking sites I have connected with hundreds of Jewish people in the U.S. who question circumcision." she said in an email interview. "Many of them have intact (uncircumcised) sons or plan to leave future sons intact."

Wald's son was not circumcised.

"I have a very strong sense of Jewish identity and, believe it or not, having an intact son has only deepened it," she said.

In Israel, where the vast majority are circumcised, the dilemma may be particularly difficult.

Although she is confident of the choice she and her husband made, Gali still has one concern.

"The main issue which still troubles me a little is the social one, that one day he may come to me and say 'Mom, why did you do that to me? They made fun of me today'," Gali said.

The Health Ministry does not keep records on circumcisions but estimates about 60,000 to 70,000 are held in Israel every year, which roughly corresponds to the number of boys born in 2010, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.

The ministry said it treats about 70 cases a year of circumcisions gone wrong, mainly minor complications such as excessive bleeding.

Kaufman said "people were shocked" to learn that her son is not circumcised.

"In Israel everybody does it, like a herd," she said. "They don't stop and ask themselves about this specific procedure which has to do with damaging a baby."

Watching her son rummage through a stack of toys, Kaufman said: "The way he was born is the way his body should be."

http://www.indianexpress.com/in-israel-some-rebel-against-circumcision/1037918/

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Hamas Chief Revives Talk of Reuniting With P.L.O.

By ANNE BARNARD

November 29, 2012

BEIRUT, Lebanon — On the eve of the United Nations vote on whether to declare the Palestinian Authority a nonmember state, the leader of Hamas revived a long-percolating proposal for his militant party to join the Palestine Liberation Organization, the group that, with Israel, signed the Oslo Accord, which Hamas has long derided.

Speaking at an academic conference here by video link from his new base in Doha, Qatar, the Hamas leader, Khaled Meshal, called on Wednesday for the politically divided Palestinians to unite through new P.L.O. elections that would rebuild the organization “on a correct basis that includes all Palestinian forces.”

There are rumored discussions about giving Mr. Meshal a leadership role in the P.L.O., either through an appointment by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, or through a vote by a P.L.O. body called the Palestine Central Council, said a political analyst close to the P.L.O. and the ruling Palestinian Fatah party. The move could help heal the bitter political split between Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and Fatah, the party that controls the P.L.O. and the West Bank.

By taking an influential role in the P.L.O., Hamas could follow allied Islamist movements that have come to power through elections in the wake of the Arab uprisings in early 2011, gaining legitimacy and assuming what it considers its rightful place in Palestinian politics.

Yet joining the P.L.O. is a difficult issue for Hamas, which pioneered suicide bombings against Israel, and for Mr. Meshal’s Islamist base of support throughout the Arab world. In his remarks, he was careful to insist that Hamas was not abandoning its uncompromising stance.

“Hamas will always be with the resistance,” he said. “Resistance is not a hotel that we can check into and out of.”

But Mr. Meshal faced skeptics at the conference, which was organized by the Al-Zaytouna Center for Studies and Consultations in Beirut. The meeting focused on empowering the movement against Israeli occupation after the collapse of pro-Western dictatorships in the region, and some presenters criticized Mr. Meshal for abandoning the cause just as it was gathering strength.

“You can be for the resistance or against the resistance,” said Talal Atrissi, a Lebanese political scientist who is close to the Lebanese Islamist party Hezbollah, an ally of Iran.

He said that by joining the P.L.O., Mr. Meshal would be accepting its goal of a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza, which is at odds with Hamas’s refusal to recognize Israel.

“They just don’t go together; it’s impossible,” Mr. Atrissi said, rolling his eyes as he noted that Mr. Meshal spoke against the backdrop of the Doha skyline in Qatar, a country that many in Hamas view as an errand runner for the West.

Hamas is flush over what it is billing as a victory for its armed resistance against Israel, after fighting in Gaza last week ended with a cease-fire and promises to remove some Israeli restrictions that have devastated the coastal strip’s economy. Mr. Meshal’s remarks suggested that he believed Hamas now held more cards to influence the P.L.O., and the wider Arab world, to take a tougher stance in dealings with Israel.

Although the desire to join the P.L.O. could be viewed as moderating Hamas’s position, Mr. Meshal also called on the Arab world to take a tougher stance against the West and Israel. That would more accurately reflect the wishes of populations newly empowered by the Arab Spring, he said, especially in Egypt, one of two Arab countries that have signed peace treaties with Israel.

He called the treaties “a very heavy inheritance,” and said that Arab countries should support Palestinians if not with “actual wars” then by preserving “the golden option of resistance.”

The position and language of Arab governments toward Israel and the West after the uprisings “cannot be the same,” Mr. Meshal said. “We need an Arab strategy,” he added, saying it was time for the Arab nation — he used the word ummah, indicating the Muslim community — to “come back” after a long absence on the world stage.

At the same time that Mr. Meshal was reaching out to liberal and Christian Palestinians and to Fatah, he also seemed to be trying to justify himself to his base and more radical rivals. Some have criticized him for not opposing Mr. Abbas’s appeal to the United Nations for nonmember status for a Palestine based on the 1967 borders, anathema to those who want a state that includes what is now Israel.

He explicitly addressed those who complained that he was being too accommodating by agreeing to the Gaza cease-fire and in refraining from attacks on Israeli positions in the West Bank, restraint he said was necessary for the security of Palestinians there.

“To those who view the cease-fire with suspicion,” he said, “we will be committed to the path of resistance until we liberate Palestine. But escalation and calm, this is a management decision.”

In principle, Hamas still opposes the 1993 Oslo Accord that created the Palestinian Authority to govern the territories, he said, but found it necessary to “join our role in resistance to our role in the Authority, to serve the best interests of the citizens.”

Long before its Muslim Brotherhood allies took power in Egypt and Tunisia, Hamas entered politics by running in, and winning, elections in the Palestinian territories in 2006. But it was unable to govern in the face of Western opposition and in 2007 took power in the Gaza Strip by force, deepening the political split.

Mr. Meshal said that pragmatic decisions sometimes advanced Palestinian interests.

“Resistance is a path and not a goal,” he said. “We are not fighting the Jews because they are Jews; we are fighting the Zionists, the Jews that are colonists, and we shall fight all those who oppress and plunder our land, regardless their religion, regardless of their race.”

He implied that Hamas would not settle for a symbolic role in the P.L.O. but would seek to toughen its policies. Elections would be meaningless if some parties remained “bystanders.”

He said Hamas insisted on “liberation first, then a state,” because a state based on “compromise or settlement is not a real state.”

Hwaida Saad contributed reporting from Beirut, and Jodi Rudoren from Jerusalem.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/29/world/middleeast/leader-of-hamas-calls-for-palestinian-unity.html?ref=middleeast

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Iran 'will press on with uranium enrichment'

28 November 2012

DUBAI: Iran will go on refining uranium “with intensity” and the number of enrichment centrifuges it has operating will rise substantially in the current year, the country’s nuclear energy chief said yesterday.

The comments by Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, signalled continued defiance in the face of international demands that Tehran halt enrichment to the higher 20 percent fissile purity level, close down its Fordow enrichment plant, and ship out its stockpile of the material.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/iran-will-press-uranium-enrichment

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Israel ‘won’t null’ accords with Palestinians over UN bid

 29 November 2012

JERUSALEM: Israel will not cancel any agreement with the Palestinians over the vote scheduled for Thursday for a “non-member observer state” at the UN, but rather uphold them “to the letter,” an official said.

“We have no intention on canceling any agreement, particularly in the economic field,” Israel foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told AFP. “What we will do after this vote is to apply the agreements to the letter.”

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/israel-%E2%80%98won%E2%80%99t-null%E2%80%99-accords-palestinians-over-un-bid

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Israel Seizes 2 Gaza Boats Near New Offshore Limit

By FARES AKRAM and JODI RUDOREN

November 29, 2012

GAZA — Despite an Israeli concession to permit Gazans to fish up to six nautical miles from shore rather than three, Israeli forces detained a Palestinian fisherman and seized two boats as their crews tried to venture farther into the Mediterranean Sea.

Hamas, the militant faction that controls Gaza, denounced the action as a threat to the week-old cease-fire agreement that ended eight days of cross-border violence.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/29/world/middleeast/israel-seizes-gaza-fishing-boats-

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Palestinians certain to win recognition as a state

November 29, 2012

The United States, Israel’s closest ally, mounted an aggressive campaign to head off the General Assembly vote, which the Palestinians view as a historic step in their quest for global recognition.

The Palestinians are certain to win U.N. recognition as a state on Thursday but success could exact a high price - delaying an independent state of Palestine because of Israel’s vehement opposition.

The United States, Israel’s closest ally, mounted an aggressive campaign to head off the General Assembly vote, which the Palestinians view as a historic step in their quest for global recognition.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/certain-to-win-recognition-as-a-state/article4145998.ece

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Sanctions side-effect: Iran's food system hit

Nov 29 2012

London/Dubai : Iran's food distribution system is in crisis even though Western sanctions do not directly target the market, badly hurting the poor and turning some staples into luxuries.

Private importers are shrinking away from deals made risky by turmoil in the rial currency, and many foreign banks are reluctant to finance even trade exempt from the sanctions for fear of drawing fire simply for doing business with Iran.

The result is that the Iranian state is under growing pressure to import and allocate more goods as it tries to avoid any social unrest due to shortages and soaring prices.

An increasingly shaky state apparatus will struggle to fill the gap often left by private companies, analysts say.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/sanctions-sideeffect-irans-food-system-hit/1037922/

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Arab World

 

Egypt Constitution Party Head’s 'Holocaust' Comment Draws Fire from Islamists

Muslim Brotherhood website makes light of Mohamed ElBaradei's assertion to German magazine that Islamist members of Egypt's Constituent Assembly include those 'who deny Holocaust'

Ekram Ibrahim

27 Nov 2012

"Another who denies the Holocaust?" The phrase, spoken by Constitution Party head Mohamed ElBaradei in an interview with Germany's Der Spiegel magazine on Monday has been seized upon by the Muslim Brotherhood's official website (ikhwanonline) and other websites.

The phrase came in response to the interviewer's question: "Almost all of the liberal and Christian members of Egypt's Constituent Assembly [tasked with drafting a new constitution] have withdrawn. Why is that?"

ElBaradei replied that many feared that Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood might draft a heavily Islamist-leaning constitution, so most liberal and Christian assembly members had withdrawn. Those to remain, said ElBaradei, "include one who wants to ban music...another who denies the Holocaust and another who openly condemns democracy."

News quickly spread on social media that remaining assembly members deny the Holocaust. Many on social media mocked ElBaradei's statement, asking if one's take on the Holocaust was what differentiated 'liberals,' 'leftists' and 'secularists' from 'Islamists.'

One Facebook page appeared with the name "You are a holocaust guy," which feature interesting reactions to ElBaradei's statements, such as: "My heart feels pain for the Holocaust, yet the constitution has a cold heart towards me," "the Holocaust is against God's rule," and, "If you're asking who we are, we're the Holocaust guys."

ElBaradei's statements often come in for criticism by his detractors, which have included the ousted Mubarak regime, the Muslim Brotherhoods and Salafist groups.

In the interview, ElBaradei warned that President Mohamed Morsi's controversial constitutional decree, issued Thursday night, would turn Egypt into a "new dictatorship." ElBaradei is expected to attend a planned Tuesday rally against Morsi's decree organised by Egyptian opposition groups.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/59292/Egypt/Politics-/ElBaradeis-Holocaust-comment-draws-fire-from-Islam.aspx

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Wave of attacks in Iraq kills at least 30 people

November 29, 2012

By Sinan Salaheddin

BAGHDAD: Officials say a wave of bombings in two Shiite Iraqi cities south of Baghdad has killed at least 30 people and wounded up to 110 others.

The deadliest of Thursday's attacks was in the city of Hillah where a police officer said back-to-back explosions in a busy commercial area killed 24 people and wounded up to 90. He says the attack started with a roadside bombing that was followed by a car bomb explosion when rescuers rushed to the scene.

Another police officer says a car bomb blast at the gates of the nearby city of Karbala killed six people and wounded 20 just hours earlier.

Two health officials confirmed the causality figures. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the media.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Nov-29/196524-wave-of-bombings-south-of-baghdad-kills-16.ashx#ixzz2DbhT8CvP

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Syria names 142 slain foreign fighters from 18 countries

Almost 142 Al-Qaeda-associated fighters from 18 states were killed in Syria's 20 months conflict, a pro-regime newspaper says

 27 Nov 2012

A Syrian newspaper on Tuesday published the names of 142 foreign fighters from 18 countries the regime says were killed alongside rebels in Syria's conflict.

Pro-regime Al-Watan published a list, which it said Damascus sent to the United Nations Security Council last month, that included Arab, North African, Central and South Asian "terrorists," giving the date and place of their death.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/59294/World/Region/Syria-names--slain-foreign-fighters-from--countrie.aspx

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Egypt panel to vote on divisive charter Thursday: member

 November 29, 2012

CAIRO: A controversial panel boycotted by liberals and Christians will vote on a new Egyptian constitution Thursday, a member said, as critics accuse it of railroading the charter amid a standoff between government and the opposition.

The charter is at the centre of a power struggle involving President Mohamed Morsi, the opposition and the judiciary that has plunged the country into its worst political crisis since Morsi took office in June.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/29/egypt-panel-to-vote-on-divisive-charter-thursday-member/

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Syria Rebels Kill Ruling Party Official With Bomb

November 29, 2012

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian rebels have bombed the house of a top member of the president's ruling Baath party in the south, and activists say he was killed.

Rebels detonated a car bomb near the house of Hussein Rifai in the city of Daraa, killing him and three of his bodyguards Thursday, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Observatory relies on reports from the ground.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/11/29/world/middleeast/ap-ml-syria

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Panel Drafting Egypt’s Constitution Vows Quick Finish

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

November 29, 2012

CAIRO — Leaders of the assembly drafting a new constitution said Wednesday that they would complete their work by the next morning, a move that appeared aimed at trying to sidestep a power struggle between Egypt’s president and the courts over control of the political transition.

President Mohamed Morsi set off a political crisis a week ago when he sought to declare his own decree above judicial scrutiny until the constitution was complete, saying he needed to protect the assembly from dissolution by judges appointed by the former president, Hosni Mubarak.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/29/world/middleeast/wrangling-in-egypt-as-constitution-deadline-looms.html?hp

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Mursi to Speak as Egypt's Islamists Seek Way Out of Crisis

November 29, 2012

CAIRO (Reuters) - The body writing Egypt's new constitution will start voting on a final draft on Thursday, a move President Mohamed Mursi's allies in the Muslim Brotherhood hope will help end a crisis prompted by a decree expanding his powers.

Mursi is expected to call for national unity in a public address at 7.00 p.m. (1700 GMT) to ease the crisis, which has set off a week of protests and threatens to derail early signs of economic recovery from two years of turmoil.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/11/29/world/middleeast/29reuters-egypt.html?ref=middleeast

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'We're learning how to be free,' says Egypt's Morsi

In a TIME magazine interview, President Mohamed Morsi claims his chief responsibility is to maintain 'the national ship to go to through the transitional period' and vows to give up special powers once constitution is ratified

29 Nov 2012

President Mohamed Morsi vowed in an interview published Wednesday to surrender his new special powers when a new constitution is in place, and pleaded for patience as Egypt learns to be free.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/59427/Egypt/Politics-/Were-learning-how-to-be-free,-says-Egypts-Morsi.aspx

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Saudi programmers to compete in international contest

 29 November 2012

In a search for talents in Saudi Arabia, Arab Net and Bab Rizq Jameel (BRJ) launched contests for web and mobile programmers in the Kingdom.

The contest is one of five similar events organized by Arab Net in five Arab states. Arab Net has already organized several successful events for the digital sector in Beirut and Cairo. The contests are seeking to gather developers and programrs to compete for Best Developer in the Arab World. The first four winners from each country will get a cash prize of $ 5,000 (SR 18,750) and an opportunity to represent their country in the Arab Net Programrs Championship, which will be organized during Arab Net Digital Summit in March 2013.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-compete-international-contest

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Kuwait could ban 100,000 from travel over dues -paper

 Nov 29 2012

Kuwait: Kuwait could ban nearly 100,000 of its residents from leaving the country for failing to pay dues owed to the state, local newspaper reported, quoting a senior Justice Ministry official.

The policy is part of a government plan to collect nearly 12 million Kuwaiti dinars ($42.

6 million) in fees for the use of state services, or as fines in felony and misdemeanour cases, Thursday's edition of the Kuwait Times quoted Mohammad al-Duaij as saying.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/kuwait-could-ban-100000-from-travel-over-dues-paper/1037976/

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Five Jordanians nabbed for Syria plot: Police

Jordanian police raid house in Syrian border town, arrest five, including 'terror' convict for planning to infiltrate into Syria armed with Kalashnikovs, police claim

28 Nov 2012

Jordan police said it arrested on Wednesday five Jordanian men, including a terror convict, for planning to infiltrate into neighbouring Syria with automatic weapons.

"Police today raided a house in the border town of Torra and arrested five Jordanians and seized automatic weapons, including Kalashnikovs," a police statement said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/59396/World/Region/Five-nabbed-for-Syria-plot-Police-.aspx

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Cash crisis, Arab ferment threaten Jordan's stability

Economy-motivated demonstrations in Jordan produced unprecedented chants against King Abdullah despite some arguably reformist constitutional changes ahead of parliamentary poll in January

29 Nov 2012

Violent protests that shocked Jordan this month have mostly subsided, but unprecedented chants for the "fall of the regime" suggested a deeper malaise in a kingdom so far spared the revolts reshaping the Arab world.

Anger over fuel subsidy cuts undoubtedly drove the unrest, in which police shot dead one man during a confrontation at a police station. The government's planned electricity price rises starting next year may well ignite more popular fury.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/59422/World/Region/Cash-crisis,-Arab-ferment-threaten-Jordans-stabili.aspx

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Europe

 

Dutch approve move to scrap blasphemy law

November 29, 2012

Dutch authorities have decided to approve a motion abandoning a law under which it is a crime to insult God.

A majority of parties in parliament said the blasphemy law was no longer relevant in the 21st Century.

The legislation, introduced in the 1930s, has not been invoked in the last half century.

However, it still remains illegal under Dutch law to be disrespectful to police officers or to insult Queen Beatrix, the country's monarch.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20530428

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UN set to recognise Palestinian state despite US, Israel threats

Nov 29 2012

New York : The UN General Assembly is set to implicitly recognize a sovereign state of Palestine on Thursday despite threats by the United States and Israel to punish the Palestinian Authority by withholding much-needed funds for the West Bank government.

A Palestinian resolution that would change the Palestinian Authority's UN observer status from "entity" to "non-member state," like the Vatican, is expected to pass easily in the 193-nation UN General Assembly.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/un-set-to-recognise-palestinian-state-despite-us-israel-threats/1037931/

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UN war crimes court acquits former Kosovo PM

 29 November 2012

THE HAGUE, Netherlands: A UN war crimes tribunal on Thursday acquitted the former prime minister of Kosovo and two of his former Kosovo Liberation Army comrades for the second time of murdering and torturing Serbs and their supporters in Kosovo’s war for independence.

The verdicts came in the UN court’s first ever retrial, which was ordered after appeals judges branded the 2008 acquittal of former Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj and KLA fighter Idriz Balaj and the conviction of a third KLA commander, Lahi Brahimaj a “miscarriage of justice” because of widespread intimidation of prosecution witnesses.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/un-war-crimes-court-acquits-former-kosovo-pm

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Russia jails terror plotter for 15 years

 29 November 2012

MOSCOW: A Russian court yesterday sentenced a suspected militant to 15 years in a penal colony for participating in a failed plot to stage twin suicide bombings in Moscow on New Year’s Eve in 2010.

The Moscow City Court found Ilyas Saidov guilty on several counts of banditry, terrorism, weapons smuggling and murder, including bringing two bombs to the capital to be used by two female suicide bombers in an attack, the Investigative Committee said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/russia-jails-terror-plotter-15-years

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South Asia

 

Government “cynically used xenophobia, nationalism and religious extremism”

By JJ Robinson | November 28th, 2012

Additional reporting by Neil Merrett and Mohamed Naahii

The Waheed government’s decision to void the GMR contract and issue the developer a seven day ultimatum will “put off potential investors for decades,” former President Mohamed Nasheed has said.

“Waheed’s government has cynically used xenophobia, nationalism and religious extremism to attack GMR, the country’s largest foreign investor. Waheed is leading the Maldives down the path to economic ruin,” Nasheed said, following Attorney General Azima Shukoor’s issuing of the ultimatum on Tuesday (November 27) evening.  The ultimatum was made while arbitration proceedings are pending in the Singapore courts.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/government-cynically-used-xenophobia-nationalism-and- ------------

 

Roadside bomb kills 10 in Afghanistan

 November 29, 2012

KANDAHAR: A roadside bomb killed 10 civilians, including a woman and five children, and wounded eight when it ripped through a van in southern Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said.

The families were on their way to visit a relative who had recently returned from Mecca when their vehicle was hit in Dih Rawud district in rural Uruzgan province, district governor Nematullah Khaliqi told AFP.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/29/roadside-bomb-kills-10-in-afghanistan-officials/

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Five jailed for 10 yrs, four juvenile offenders for 8 yrs for provoking suicide

November 29, 2012

Rajshahi Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal-1 on Monday awarded ten years rigorous imprisonment (RI) to five people in the case for provoking suicide of Serafina Mardi, an indigenous girl of Godagari upazila in Rajshahi.

EKM Ekramul Haque, the judge, also fined Tk two lakh each, in default, to suffer three years more.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=259160

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Hasina urges Khaleda not to save war criminals

November 29, 2012

Taking a swipe at the opposition leader for "trying to protect the war criminals," Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged Khaleda Zia to shun her "ill-efforts" to obstruct the war crimes trial.

“You (Khaleda) had tried earlier to save the killers of Bangabandhu, but couldn't, now you're trying to save the war criminals…don't try to do that because the people of Bangladesh won't accept that.”

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=259177

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Karzai 'unaware' of campaign cash from corrupt bank

November 29, 2012

Afghan President Hamid Karzai was not aware that a major bank now mired in scandal had contributed millions of dollars to his re-election campaign, a spokesman said Thursday. A foreign-funded inquiry on Wednesday reported on how a $900 million fraud ruined the Kabul Bank, how cash was

smuggled abroad in airline food trays, and said top politicians dictated who should be prosecuted over the theft.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Karzai-unaware-of-campaign-cash-from-corrupt-bank/Article1-965919.aspx

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Panchagarh freed this day in '71

November 29, 2012

The people of Panchagarh will observe different programmes today, marking liberation of the area from the Pakistan occupation forces in 1971.

On this day in 1971, valiant freedom fighters hoisted the flag of independent Bangladesh in Panchagarh town by defeating the Pakistan occupation forces.

On November 20, the freedom fighters intensified their attack on the Pakistani occupation army from three sides of the then thana headquarters and captured one after another the enemy camps -- Amarkhana on November 20, Jagdalhat on November 25, Shingpara village on November 26, Talma village on November 2, and Panchagarh CO Office, Atwary, and Mirzapur on November 28.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=259163

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North America

 

U.S. and Israel Look to Limit Impact of U.N. Vote on Palestinian Authority

By MICHAEL R. GORDON and MARK LANDLER

November 29, 2012

WASHINGTON — After failing to head off a vote in the United Nations on Thursday that would upgrade the Palestinian Authority’s status, the United States and Israel are looking ahead to how they can contain the damage from the approval of a resolution that even some European allies have signaled they will support.

 The draft resolution calls on the United Nations General Assembly to upgrade the Palestinian Authority to a nonmember observer state. It is virtually certain to pass, despite the opposition of the United States and a handful of other nations.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/29/world/middleeast/us-and-israel-look-to-limit-impact-

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CAIR Repudiates Egypt 'Blasphemy' Death Sentences

11/28/12

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/28/12) -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties organization, today repudiated death sentences handed down by an Egyptian court for charges linked to the anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims" that attacked the Prophet Muhammad.

An Egyptian court reportedly found the defendants, most of whom live in the United States, guilty of harming national unity, insulting and publicly attacking Islam and spreading false information. Capital punishment decisions must be approved or rejected by Egypt's top religious authority. A final verdict is due on Jan. 29.

Full report at:

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CAIR Seeks Federal Charges for Threat of Texas Mosque Shooting Spree

11/28/12

(SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, 11/28/12) -- The San Antonio, Texas, chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-San Antonio) today called on federal law enforcement authorities to consider bringing charges against a man arrested Tuesday for vowing to "shoot as many people as possible" at a local mosque.

Full report at:

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Headley, Rana to be sentenced in January next year

Nov 29, 2012

CHICAGO: The sentencing of American-born Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist David Headley, accused of involvement in 26/11 Mumbai attacks, has been fixed for January 17 next year while that of his accomplice Tahawwur Rana has been rescheduled for January 15 from December four.

According to Chicago court spokesperson Randall Samborn, US district Judge Harry Leinenweber will announce the sentence of the two accused, who have been charged with conspiracy of 2008 Mumbai attack and plan to attack a Denmark newspaper.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Headley-Rana-to-be-sentenced-in-January-next-year/articleshow/17409194.cms

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In 'Defeat Jihad' Lawsuit, WMATA Paid $35K in Attorney Fees and Costs

NOVEMBER 27, 2012

After a Washington federal judge ruled last month that local public transit officials ran afoul of the First Amendment in delaying the posting of a controversial advertisement in rail stations, the agency agreed to pay $35,000 in attorney fees and costs to the group behind the ad, according to a document (PDF) recently obtained by Legal Times.

The American Freedom Defence Initiative, a New York-based organization, sued the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in September after learning that the agency was postponing the ads. The ad read: "In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man," with the tag, "Support Israel/Defeat Jihad."

Full report at:

http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2012/11/in-defeat-jihad-lawsuit-wmata-paid-35k-in-attorney-fees-and-costs.html

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Big Issues Are Lost in Focus on Libya Talking Points

By SCOTT SHANE

November 29, 2012

WASHINGTON — Three days after the lethal attack on the American Mission in Benghazi, Libya, Representative C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, asked intelligence agencies to write up some unclassified talking points on the episode. Reporters were besieging him and other legislators for comment, and he did not want to misstate facts or disclose classified information.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/29/world/africa/with-focus-on-talking-points-benghazi-attacks-big-issues-fade.html?hp

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U.S. Weighs Bolder Effort to Intervene in Syria’s Conflict

By DAVID E. SANGER and ERIC SCHMITT

November 29, 2012

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, hoping that the conflict in Syria has reached a turning point, is considering deeper intervention to help push President Bashar al-Assad from power, according to government officials involved in the discussions.

While no decisions have been made, the administration is considering several alternatives, including directly providing arms to some opposition fighters.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/29/world/us-is-weighing-stronger-action-in-syrian-conflict.html?hp

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Bin Laden raid doctor Shakil Afridi 'on hunger strike'

November 29, 2012

The Pakistani doctor jailed for his role in the US raid that killed Osama Bin Laden is on hunger strike, sources including a relative told the BBC.

Shakil Afridi reportedly began a strike to protest against conditions in jail, where he is in solitary confinement.

A senior prison official said he had no knowledge of any hunger strike, adding that he was being properly treated.

He was jailed for supporting a militant group, but it is widely believed he is being punished for helping the US.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20537411

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CAIR: US Should Explain Probe Of Halal Company

 Associated Press

November 29, 2012

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A national civil rights organization called on U.S. authorities Wednesday to explain their investigation into a leading maker of food for observant Muslims, saying it is troubled by the secrecy surrounding the seizure of the company's bank account and records.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation's largest Muslim civil liberties group, said it is seeking more information about the Oct. 16 raid of the Midamar Corp. and the related investigation. Spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said it was unacceptable for the Cedar Rapids-based company to be crippled by the seizure of operating funds without being charged with a crime or formally told what the government is investigating.

Full report at:

http://thegardenisland.com/news/national/watchdog-us-should-explain-probe-of-halal-

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Ohio Muslims, Christians Seek Common Ground

Nov 26, 2012

For the past five years, a small, dedicated group of Muslims and Christians has been meeting in Greater Cincinnati, debunking myths and dissolving stereotypes, one personal relationship at a time.

The local Muslim-Christian Dialogue confronts tough topics head-on, says organizer Bill Lonneman of College Hill. “Even open-minded people are coming in with fears and concerns about terrorism. We don’t shrink away from addressing those issues.”

Dozens of such groups have been meeting for years across the nation and around the world, but co-organizer Karen Dabdoub thinks many Greater Cincinnatians would be surprised to learn that such an organization has been quietly at work here.

Full report at:

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20121126/NEWS/121126001/Muslims-Christians-seek-common-ground?nclick_check=1

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India

 

Taliban threaten to avenge Quassab death in a month

Nov 29, 2012

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani Taliban faction has claimed that its fighters were holed up in Amritsar and Hyderabad to carry out attacks to avenge 26/11 convict Ajmal Quassab's execution last week.

"We will avenge the death of Ajmal Quassab on Indian soil within a month,'' Ahmed Marwat, a spokesman for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan's Jundullah group told the TOI from an undisclosed location on Wednesday. "His death will not go waste. (Our) group has a number of fighters in Amritsar and Hyderabad Deccan, who will soon take revenge of Ajmal Quassab. With the death of one Quassab, scores of his other comrades are ready for martyrdom.''

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Taliban-threaten-to-avenge-Quassab-death-in-a-month/articleshow/17408963.cms

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Israel pips US in anti-tank guided missile supply to India

By Rajat Pandit

 Nov 29, 2012

NEW DELHI: Israel has upstaged the US in the ongoing race to bag the huge deal to supply third-generation anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) to the Indian Army, in a project which could well be worth $1 billion eventually.

Defence ministry sources said the plan to go in for the American FGM-148 Javelin ATGMs has "virtually been shelved" because of Washington's reluctance to provide full military knowhow - licensed "transfer of technology (ToT)'' - to allow India to indigenously manufacture the "tank killers'' in large numbers after an initial off-the-shelf purchase.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Israel-pips-US-in-anti-tank-guided-missile-supply-to-India/articleshow/17407482.cms

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India seeks global action against terror in Afghanistan

 Nov 29 2012

India has described as “worrisome” the continued presence in the Afghan region of terror infrastructure and has sought concerted global action to isolate and root out the syndicate of extremist groups.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-seeks-global-action-against-terror-in-afghanistan/1037641/

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No room for Muslims in BJP line-up

Nov 29 2012

Ahmedabad : For all Narendra Modi’s efforts at building bridges with Muslims, the BJP has not fielded any candidate from the community in the Gujarat elections. The decision was apparently driven by the theory that doing so could have meant gifting victory to the party’s new rival, Keshubhai Patel’s GPP.

The GPP has not fielded a Muslim either. It has announced candidates for only the first phase and been noncommittal about the second. “The party would like to field a few Muslims and is looking for suitable candidates,” general secretary Gordhan Zadaphia said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/no-room-for-muslims-in-bjp-lineup/1037609/

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Rise in J&K influx, drop in attacks baffle agencies

By Bharti Jain

Nov 29, 2012

NEW DELHI: There is a curious situation in the Kashmir valley this year. A rise in infiltration reported from Pakistan has not led to a corresponding increase in terror activity in J&K, leaving security agencies wondering if the figures are a correct estimate or is there a more sinister reason behind the calm.

Keen to resolve the puzzle, a high level meeting on infiltration convened by the home ministry last week decided to review the methods employed by different agencies like Army, BSF and state intelligence to calculate infiltration and accordingly assess their efficacy and reliability.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Rise-in-JK-influx-drop-attacks-baffle-agencies/articleshow/17407783.cms

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Hyderabad cops question BEST bus blast accused

Rahul Mahajani, Hindustan Times

November 29, 2012

A team of police officials from Hyderabad has been in the city for the past two days questioning Tajul Islam Qazi, 34, a software engineer, who was arrested on November 23 for his alleged involvement in the 2002 Ghatkopar BEST bus blast case.

Crime branch sources said Qazi had been living in Hyderabad for the past 10 years under an assumed name - Siddiqui Taj Qazi.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Mumbai/Hyderabad-cops-question-BEST-bus-blast-accused/Article1-965761.aspx

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'Two Indians involved in Kabul Bank fraud case'

 November 29, 2012

Fraudulent lending and embezzlement by officials, including by at least two Indian citizens, led to failure of Afghanistan's Kabul Bank resulting in misuse of about $935 million Afghan public money, according to an independent report. The 87-page 'Report of the Public Inquiry into the

Kabul Bank Crisis', prepared by the Independent Joint Anti-Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, was released in Kabul on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Afghanistan/Two-Indians-involved-in-Kabul-Bank-fraud-case/Article1-965925.aspx

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Pakistan major source of fake currency in India: Govt

Nov 29, 2012

NEW DELHI: Maximum consignments of high quality fake Indian currency notes are being supplied in the country from Pakistan, the Parliament was informed on Thursday.

"As per available inputs from central intelligence and investigation agencies, consignments of high quality fake Indian currency notes (FICN) have been directly or indirectly sourced from Pakistan," minister of state for finance Namo Narain Meena said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-major-source-of-fake-currency-in-India-Govt/articleshow/17414741.cms

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Aligarh Muslim University suspends three students for eve-teasing

Nov 29 2012

Aligarh : Three students of Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) have been suspended for their alleged involvement in an eve-teasing incident on campus.

Shadab Alam, Arpit Maheshwari and Shahnawaz Khan were suspended for the incident that took place at the faculty of law on Monday, and are barred from entering the campus, an official said here today.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/aligarh-muslim-university-suspends-three-students-for-eveteasing/1038070/

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Disappointed by govt response to my letters: Kargil martyr’s father

 Nov 29 2012

Shimla, Palampur : Disappointed with the cold response he received during the past 13 years, despite approaching the highest authorities in the country, N K Kalia, the father of Kargil martyr Captain Saurabh Kalia who was subjected to brutal torture in captivity by the Pakistan Army, has moved the Supreme Court, seeking a direction to the government for taking up his son’s case in an international judicial forum.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/disappointed-by-govt-response-to-my-letters-kargil-martyr-s-father/1037638/

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No trace of missing Sukhbir Singh Badal relative in Pakistan

Nov 29 2012

Lahore : Pakistani investigators are yet to trace a Canadian woman of Indian-origin, a distant relative of deputy chief minister of Indian Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal, who went missing in Lahore nearly three months back.

Investigators here believe Rajvindar Kaur Gill had come to the city in connection with her gems business. She went missing shortly after she arrived in Lahore in August.

Authorities stepped up efforts to trace her after Badal took up the matter with Shahbaz Sharif, the Chief Minister of Pakistani Punjab, during a recent visit to Lahore.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/no-trace-of-missing-sukhbir-singh-badal-relative-in-pakistan/1038059/

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Indo-Pak Cricket series: 3,000 visas for Pakistani fans

Nov 29, 2012

NEW DELHI: India will be issuing 3,000 visas to Pakistanis to watch the upcoming Indo-Pak cricket series from December 25 to January 6.

Pakistani fans applying for the visas will have to compulsorily attach proof of their confirmed return journey tickets, hotel bookings for their stay in India as well as the match tickets. No arrivals by crossing the Wagah border checkpost on foot will be allowed.

According to sources in the Union home ministry, the proposal for having an Indian sponsor for every Pakistani spectator has been dispensed with.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/cricket/series-tournament/pakistan-in-india/top-stories/Indo-Pak-series-3000-visas-for-Pakistani-fans/articleshow/17416456.cms

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Africa

 

With Shabab on the run, Somalia gets a breather

AMAN SETHI

November 29, 2012

“Al-Shabab is literally defeated now, they are on the run,” said Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud at a press conference in Addis Ababa on Wednesday, but did not provide a firm timeline for the withdrawal of international troops from the troubled east African state.

Mr. Mohamud said Somali and international troops had disrupted the al-Qaeda affiliated al-Shabab militia’s command and control structure and training centres and that his government was focused on rebuilding his war-torn nation. “Security is the first and foremost priority”, he said, “Followed by the judicial system and public finance management. A national stabilisation plan has already been designed and is in place”.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/with-shabab-on-the-run-somalia-gets-a-breather/article4143938.ece

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Protesters Shut Down Western Libya's Main Oil Refinery

November 29, 2012

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Protests at western Libya's main oil refinery closed operations on Thursday for a second time this month, a company spokesman said, raising concerns of a gasoline shortage in the capital.

Essam al-Muntasir, of the Zawiya Oil Refining Company, said many wounded veterans of the civil war which ousted Muammar Gaddafi last year were demonstrating in front of the plant.

"We are in a state of total shut down at the refinery," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/11/29/world/africa/29reuters-libya-refinery-

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Benghazi Violence Is Beyond the Control of Even the City’s Powerful Militias

By KAREEM FAHIM

November 29, 2012

BENGHAZI, Libya — The killing was not a shock here, in the city where Libyans started their quest to shake off dictatorship and now struggle, nearly two years later, to douse the simmering violence that is a legacy of the revolt.

One evening last week, a car screeched down a residential street. Three men stepped out and with startling ease gunned down Faraj Mohammed el-Drissi, the man whose job it was to ensure this city’s security.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/29/world/africa/benghazi-violence-beyond-control-of-militias.html?ref=world

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Ethiopia to stay in Somalia until ‘AU takeover’

29 November 2012

ADDIS ABABA: Ethiopian troops will remain in Somalia until African Union forces fighting rebels can take over, Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said yesterday, as he met with his Somali counterpart.

“We are waiting for AMISOM (African Union Mission in Somalia) force to come and replace us, and until we get that assurance then we will be waiting there,” he told reporters.

 Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/ethiopia-stay-somalia-until-%E2%80%98au-takeover%E2%80%99

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Pakistan

 

Hindus in Pak's Dera Ismail Khan forced to bury their dead

Nov 29 2012

Islamabad: Hindus in Dera Ismail Khan are forced to bury their dead due the unavailability of proper cremation grounds.

Sawan Chudhry, a resident of DI Khan, who had to bury his father Jawarya Chudhry after his death in 1965, says he still regrets not being able to cremate his father's body.

"My father was buried at the Munawar graveyard in Madina Colony. It is unfortunate that his final rites could not be performed according to our faith," The Express Tribune quoted Chudhry, as saying.

"In 1985, Pandith Kahdaree Lal was cremated and he is the only Hindu whose remains were incinerated in the district since the inception of Pakistan," said 67-year-old Chudhry, adding that the ceremony had prior approval from the local government and was performed within the premises of the army cantonment area. RC Sharma, a priest at Balmeek Mandir, said: "Hindus in DI Khan have to bury their dear ones because there are no cremation grounds here. Our relatives in other parts of Pakistan can perform funeral rites according to Hindu custom and we also want to do the same."

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/cremation-banned--hindus-in-pakistans-dik-forced-to-bury-their-dead-ever-since-countrys-birth/1038031/

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US drone attack kills two suspected militants in South Waziristan

 November 29, 2012

PESHAWAR: Two suspected militants were killed in a US drone attack inside Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal region, DawnNews reported on Thursday.

Three missiles were fired in the Sheen Warsak area of Wana, which is the main town of the South Waziristan Agency.

According to local sources, the attack came late afternoon and was targeted at a house, resulting in the death of two suspected militants.

http://dawn.com/2012/11/29/us-drone-attack-kills-two-suspected-militants-in-south-waziristna/

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Eight killed in Karachi violence; police arrest 15 suspects

 November 29, 2012

KARACHI: At least eight people were killed on Thursday in separate incidents of firing in Karachi, DawnNews reported.

In the most recent incident today, a man and his wife — both doctors — were killed when armed gunmen opened fire at their clinic in Karachi’s Abulhasan Ispahani road.

Meanwhile, the biggest incident of target killing today took place in Quaidabad area when gunmen shot dead four people traveling in a taxi. All four victims were activists of a political party.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/29/two-killed-in-karachi-violence-police-arrest-15/

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Taliban commander Mullah Nazir injured in Wana suicide attack

 November 29, 2012

WANA: Taliban commander Mullah Nazir was wounded Thursday in a suicide attack in South Waziristan’s largest town, Wana, that killed two other people, security officials said.

The bomber blew himself up near Nazir’s vehicle as it passed through the market in the town, the officials said.

Two people were killed and at least five others were wounded, including Nazir, the officials told AFP on condition of anonymity, though accounts differed over the gravity of the warlord’s injuries.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/472696/taliban-commander-maulvi-nazir-injured-in-wana-blast/

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Three Mohajir Qaumi Movement activists shot dead in Karachi

 November 29, 2012

KARACHI: Four people, three reportedly belonging to the Mohajir Qaumi Movement, were gunned down on Thursday in Mansehra Colony of Karachi, Express News reported.

According to Express News correspondent Wasiq Muhammad, the deceased were on board a taxi, which stopped for refueling at a petrol pump near National Highway.

Four unidentified gunmen on two motorcycles surrounded the car and opened fire on it. Two people died on the spot, while the other two were moved to Civil Hospital, where they succumbed to their injuries.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/472694/three-mohajir-qaumi-movement-activists-shot-dead-in-karachi/

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Stay on naming Lahore chowk after Bhagat Singh extended

ANITA JOSHUA

November 29, 2012

The renaming of Lahore’s Fawara Chowk in the Shadman area after revolutionary freedom fighter Bhagat Singh got further delayed on Wednesday with the Lahore High Court extending a stay on the proposal by three weeks.

The stay was extended because the Punjab Government and the City District Government of Lahore failed to respond to a petition filed by Tehreek-Hurmat-e-Rasool against giving the roundabout a non-Islamic name.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/stay-on-naming-lahore-chowk-after-bhagat-singh-extended/article4143939.ece

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Pakistan to get new counter-terror body

Nov 29, 2012

Pakistan's cabinet on Wednesday approved a draft law to establish a new counter terrorism body aimed at better coordinating efforts to defeat Taliban and al-Qaida- linked violence, a minister said. Pakistan says 35,000 people have been killed as a result of terrorism since the 9/11 attacks and the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan. Suicide attacks, bombings and shootings are a day-to-day reality, particularly in parts of the northwest near the Afghan border. Information minister Qamar Zaman Kaira said the main objective was to defeat terrorism.

Times of India

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Pakistan foreign minister: U.S., Pakistan ties fully repaired

Nov 28 2012

Islamabad : Pakistan and the United States have restored full military and intelligence ties after relations hit a low point last year, and Islamabad will take further steps to support a nascent Afghan peace process, Pakistan's foreign minister said on Wednesday. Full cooperation between Islamabad and Washington is critical to U.S. efforts to stabilise Afghanistan before most NATO combat troops withdraw by 2014. "There was a fairly difficult patch and I think we've moved away from that into a positive trajectory," Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar told Reuters in an interview, referring to Pakistani-U.S. relations.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistan-foreign-minister-u.s.-pakistan-ties-fully-repaired/1037608/

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Former Pakistan minister offers help to Saurabh Kalia family

By Yudhvir Rana

Nov 29, 2012

AMRITSAR: International support poured in for Captain Saurabh Kalia as Pakistan's former federal minister for human rights Ansar Burney vowed to back the family if the allegations of torture levelled against Islamabad were proved. UK-based rights activist Jas Uppal has also promised support to the Kalia family.

While talking to TOI over phone from Karachi on Wednesday, Burney said if the allegations of torture were proved, he would take up the case with Pakistan government and generate public support for Kalia.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Former-Pakistan-minister-offers-help-to-Saurabh-Kalia-family/articleshow/17408136.cms

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Southeast Asia

 

Indonesian Islamist Group Demands Russia Release Members

November 29, 2012

Around 200 Indonesians from the Islamist group Hizbut Tahrir rallied Thursday outside Russia’s embassy, demanding the release of six of its leaders and accusing Moscow of planting weapons to smear them.

Women in black robes and white headscarves, men and children held portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin above the words “The real terrorist.”

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/indonesian-islamist-group-demands-russia-release-members/558860

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Indonesians Abused After Football Game in Malaysia

Camelia Pasandaran | November 29, 2012

The leader of an Indonesian youth organization in Malaysia and two other Indonesian crowdgoers were reportedly beaten up on Wednesday after a football match between Indonesia and Singapore.

“The victim, named Sagir Alva, heard noise behind him when he was talking to an Indonesian reporter,” Suryana Sastradiredja, a spokesman for the Indonesian Embassy in Malaysia, told the Jakarta Globe on Thursday. “When he turned around to look, someone hit him in the face. He ran to avoid the crowd, but they chased him and hit his ear.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/indonesians-abused-after-football-game-in-malaysia/558863

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Statue of India's Literary Figure Unveiled at Borobudur Temple

November 28, 2012 | by Ian Dulkowski

A statue of Indian Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore was unveiled on Monday at Borobudur Temple in Yogyakarta.

The sculpture was presented at a ceremony attended by Indian Ambassador to Indonesia Gurjit Singh and the director of South and Central Asia at Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Listyowati.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/lifelived/statue-of-indias-literary-figure-unveiled-at-borobudur-temple/558699

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