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Islamic World News ( 5 May 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Mumbai attacks: Qassab gets the death penalty

Poppy seeds with honey: The first online sex shop for Muslims

Army Major caught spying for Pak, tip-off came from US

Taliban cut off hands of three tribesmen

Boy rescued from ‘maniac child rapist’

Marrying is prohibitive for many Saudi men

Qassab reads book on Tipu Sultan's life before D-Day

UN has ‘no evidence’ of Hezbollah Scud smuggling

Bangladesh war crime probe chief quits

Afzal Guru's mercy plea is not yet on President's table

Iran ready to address ‘rights abuse’ charges 

Libya wastes state cash on women, says Kadhafi's son

Big' burqa-clad woman in air scare

 Major, rifleman killed in gunbattle

Jordanian beauty muscles her way into male bastion

‘I was expecting you. Are you NYPD or FBI?’

Now, 'war porn' growing in numbers!

Pak, India back channel diplomacy restored

Gulf states vow combined efforts to tackle terror threat

Can the terrorists halt India’s peace deal with Pakistan?

Marathi, Urdu schoolchildren bake cookies, learn English

Muslim women speak out against misrepresentation

Six juniors held in torture case: Policewomen get bail, men sent on judicial remand

'Embracing Islam just for marriage is against religion'

Recognise right to worship Ram Lalla'

Accused in Marriott Hotel suicide attack acquitted

Militants launch deadly suicide attack on Afghan city

Banning burqa an infringement of rights

Obama calls war council after NY plot

Five Kurdish rebels killed in Iran 

Iran welcomes Brazil mediation over nuclear issue

Swiss region wants nationwide burqa ban

Court: Nothing to prove Salman was minor during blasts

Obama welcomes Indonesian announcement to ratify CTBT

Schism in J&K Congress

4 killed in deadly suicide attack on Afghan city

Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua dies

Saudi diplomat attacked in Kenya

Al-Qaeda sympathizer surrenders to Saudi authorities

Man sends son-in-law to jail, forces daughter to go with new husband

Malaysia top court hears landmark religious dispute

Yemen bans Arab conference on Darfur crisis’

Iraq’s Shiite parties edge out Sunni-backed coalition

Palestinians say talks must deal with core issues

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Mumbai attacks: Qassa bgets the death penalty

May 6, 2010

Judge M L Tahaliyani has awarded the death sentence to Pakistani terrorist, Ajmal Amir Kasab. The judge felt Qassab’s crime fell under the judicial definition of "rarest of rare" and death by hanging was well deserved.

Qassab was given the death penalty on four counts. The court said there was no chance of Qassab reforming.

This man had lost the right of getting humanitarian benefit, the judge said.

Qassab will now set out on a long journey where legal and moral issues will be considered by authorities for years, even decades, before he is finally put to death.

Immediately after pronouncement of the death sentence judge Tahaliyani will have to send his order for confirmation to the Bombay HC. He is bound by the Section 366 of the Criminal Procedure Code to do so. In normal cases it is the convicted man who goes in appeal to the HC but where it is the case of his life being taken away, the trial court must send the case papers to the high court.

The Bombay HC will call for all the evidence and weigh it at its own discretion. It is a practice for the high court to be satisfied on the facts as well as the law of the case, that the conviction is right, before it proceeds to confirm the sentence. This could take a few months.

Even after the high court has given its nod to the death sentence, Qassab has the option of going in appeal to the Supreme Court. For instance last year Surinder Koli, the man whose death sentence in the Nithari case was confirmed by the Allahabad High Court, went in appeal to the Supreme Court. His petition is still pending. Similarly, Qassab's appeal too would be considered in detail by the highest court as it looks at all the arguments in favour of and against the death sentence.

Going by past record, the longest wait in execution of the death sentence will start once it is out of hands of the judiciary and into the domain of the government. After the Supreme Court too gives assent to the death sentence, Qassab will have the legal right to file a mercy petition before the President of India under article 72 of the Constitution. While this petition is pending Qassab's execution will stay suspended — maybe for decades.

The President's powers under Article 72 are always exercised with the aid and advice of the Council of Ministers. There is no time limit for how long this consultation takes place and the whole process can remain in abeyance for years. Currently mercy petitions of 32 death row convicts are pending decision with the President for over five years and the oldest mercy petition dates back to 1998.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Mumbai-attacks-Kasab-gets-the-death-penalty/articleshow/5897555.cms

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Poppy seeds with honey: The first online sex shop for Muslims

By Thomas Burmeister

May 6, 2010

Amsterdam - He got the idea while making a pilgrimage to Mecca.

'Even near to the holy sites there is, like in other Arab countries, a boutique for lingerie,' says Amsterdam resident Abdelazai Aouragh. 'Many people can hardly believe this is possible because they regard Muslims as being hostile to lust.'

So, in order to prove the opposite, the 29-year-old family man has now opened the world's first internet erotic shop which adheres to the religious rules of Islam. And with great success.

'Orders and queries are coming in from many parts around the world,' Aouragh reports. 'The interest is enormous.' In fact, at the website launch, the server turned out to be too small as it collapsed after the 70,000 clicks which the site got - in its first hour online. In the meantime, the El-Asira.eu site is now stable and firmly in the internet - and 'Sharia law compatible.'

Aouragh's line of massage oils, lubricant jellies and various aphrodisiacs are produced in Sweden and made without any alcohol or pork fat, or from any other products from animals which have not been slaughtered according to Islamic law.

If there was a Halal stamp of approval for erotic products, then El Asira would deserve one. Even the website front page makes clear that traditions are being carefully observed: there are separate doors, one for men, another for women. The layout is also Islam-compatible.

'It goes without saying that we don't have any nude pictures much less any pornographic depictions,' says Aouragh, who is a devout Muslim, born in Amsterdam as the son of a Moroccan carpenter. 'And on the packages themselves there are no images which would be looked down on by our culture.'

Naturally he wants to earn money with El Asira, Aouragh says. After all, he has absorbed the mercantile trading instincts of the Dutch. But at the same time he also would like to help to correct a 'wrong image of Islam' in society. 'The picture of the woman in the kitchen, subservient and forced to wear a burqa is not representative. There is much love, lust for life and eroticism for Muslim couples.'

He adds, 'we also want to stimulate the discussion within the Islamic community. That's why we called the website El Asira, which means community.'

However, there are some Muslims for whom the topic of 'sex and Islam' are taboo. 'It is no wonder that we receive protest and threatening emails. But that was above all before the website was launched. Some people were imagining some very bad things.'

As to those critics from Islamic circles, the online entrepreneur refers them to the Imam Boularia Houari. The 35-year-old who preaches in the Netherlands and, among other things, provides counselling to Muslim couples regarding sexual topics, sought and received advice from Islamic scholars in Saudi Arabia who are generally regarded as being conservative.

'They confirmed to us that sexuality in Islam is to be regarded positively, both by men as well by women,' Houari said. After all, going back for centuries Muslims have known of means for stimulating sexual lust and desire.

'It's still the same case today,' Houari added in remarks to the Dutch paper NRC Handelsblad. 'Many people may have some reservations about Viagra, but only because it is regarded as a medication.

'But in Islam there are instead herbs. Scholars for example recommend oil from poppy seeds, together with honey.'

Beyond this, Islam's position towards sex is clear: 'It is forbidden outside the marriage, but within the marriage it is encouraged.'

But this is precisely where there can be a problem which Aouragh cannot solve for Muslims with his online erotic site. How is he to know whether the person buying such products as 'Masculine,' 'Lovpil,' or 'Pure Power' is married or single? The imam has assured him that this is not his responsibility. 'For one's sins each person will be punished individually after death.'

http://www.monstersandcritics.com/lifestyle/life/news/article_1553693.php/Poppy-seeds-with-honey-The-first-online-sex-shop-for-Muslims

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Army Major caught spying for Pak, tip-off came from US

Ritu Sarin

May 06, 2010

New Delhi : Around the time last month when the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) was alerted about the possibility of one of their officers being involved in espionage, another sensitive counter-intelligence operation involving the Ministry of Defence (MoD) was in progress.

For over two weeks now, top Government sources say, an Army Major has been kept in “safe custody” of the Military Intelligence (MI). The officer—posted in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands—is alleged to have passed on classified information to Pakistan.

The first tip-off in what could develop into another espionage scandal, according to sources, came from American authorities. Suspicious internet traffic first came to the notice of American intelligence agencies when intercepts showed a user in Andaman and Nicobar Islands had dispatched a picture of a serving Indian Brigadier, who was attending a training programme in the US, to Pakistan.

Indian agencies quickly zeroed in on the officer and a quiet operation was planned to call him to New Delhi. Sources say the officer pleaded ignorance of the traffic from his computer to Pakistan saying it could have been generated by some virus or unknown software.

However, suspicion persisted since the Major’s computer had been recently formatted and cleaned of all contents. An early forensic examination done in New Delhi revealed the dispatch of classsified military information, some of which should not have been in the officer’s possession. The hard disk of the officer’s computer has since been sent by military authorities to a Hyderabad laboratory for accessing the erased contents.

“I do not have any information yet. I will have to find the details and then can get back to you,” Army spokesperson Col S Om Singh said when contacted for a reaction.

Both Defence Minister A.K. Antony and Home Minister P. Chidambaram are learnt to be aware of the developments in the case, given the serious implications involved.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/army-major-caught-spying-for-pak-tipoff-came-from-us/615795/

 

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Taliban cut off hands of three tribesmen

06 May, 2010

PESHAWAR: Taliban militants Wednesday cut off the hands of three alleged thieves in a troubled Pakistani tribal region, police and hospital officials said.

The incident took place in the remote Ghaljo village of Orakzai, which is controlled by the Taliban. “A Taliban court ordered the cutting off of the right hands of three local tribesmen in Orakzai tribal region after finding them guilty of theft,” a police official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

He said that the three men were later taken to the northwestern town of Kohat for medical treatment.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/provinces/06-taliban-cut-off-hands-of-three-tribesmen-rs-04

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Boy rescued from ‘maniac child rapist’

06 May, 2010

SIALKOT, May 5: Police claimed on Wednesday to have arrested an alleged maniac child rapist and seized a minor boy from him whom he had kidnapped for rape three days ago.

District Police Officer (DPO) Waqar Ahmad Chohan told reporters at the Daska ASP office that Tauheed had abducted 11-year-old Hamza from outside the Government MC Primary School some three days ago. Tauheed put the child on sedatives while moving him to his hideout in Kotli Chambwali, Daska.

The Daska city witnessed a complete strike in the last two days over several kidnap for rape incidents of minor children prompting the province’s top court to take an independent notice of the issue.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/boy-rescued-from-maniac-child-rapist-650

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Marrying is prohibitive for many Saudi men

By SULTAN AL-TAMIMI

May 6, 2010

JEDDAH: Getting married these days is seen as a mission impossible for many young Saudis. The rising cost of living expenses hinders many wanting to get married. Families who demand big wedding ceremonies are also discouraging young Saudis struggling to get by on a minimal income.

There are no figures on how much Saudis earn per month in the private sector. Some studies estimate average income at between SR3,000 and SR5,000.

Estimated figures on the cost of living published in Eqtisadiah reveals that Saudis pay a monthly average of SR500 for gas, SR200 for their mobile phone/telephone, up to SR2,500 for their groceries and at least SR2,000 for rent.

Saudis working in labor jobs such as security guards are regarded as living below the minimal wage, with salaries not exceeding SR1,500 per month.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article50571.ece

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Qassabreads book on Tipu Sultan's life before D-Day

Mateen Hafeez

May 6, 2010

MUMBAI: As guards monitored Ajmal Amir Kasab's special cell at Arthur Road Jail through close-circuit television cameras on Wednesday, they could help but wonder what was going through the mind of the 23-year-old terrorist who will be sentenced today. Qassabwas found guilty on 80 counts for the role he played during the 26/11 terror strike in Mumbai.

Clad in a kurta and pair of trousers, Qassabdid not seem to be overly disturbed or worried about his fate, said an official, adding that he spent the better part of Wednesday reading the book, 'Aur Talwar Toot Gayee' (And the Sword is Broken) by Pakistani author Sharif Husain, who wrote under the pseudonym Naseem Hijazi.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Kasab-reads-book-on-Tipu-Sultans-life-before-D-Day/articleshow/5896100.cms

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UN has ‘no evidence’ of Hezbollah Scud smuggling

06 May, 2010

 BEIRUT - A UN peacekeeping force said in a newspaper report on Wednesday that it has no evidence of any Scud missiles in southern Lebanon, after Israel accused Syria of smuggling the missiles to Hezbollah.

“We have no evidence of any Scud missiles in UNIFIL’s area of operations” in southern Lebanon, the daily An-Nahar quoted Major General Alberto Asarta Cuevas of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, or UNIFIL, as saying.

“These missiles are large and difficult to hide,” he added in comments made in English.

Israel’s President Shimon Peres sparked controversy in April when he accused Syria of supplying the Shiite Hezbollah movement with long-range Scud missiles, a charge Damascus has staunchly denied.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/May/middleeast_May79.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Bangladesh war crime probe chief quits

06 May, 2010

DHAKA, May 5: The lead investigator at Bangladesh’s new war crimes tribunal, set up to prosecute perpetrators of atrocities during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan, resigned on Wednesday, an official said.

Abdul Matin, a former top bureaucrat, submitted his resignation in the wake of allegations by senior officials that he had ties to the country’s main Islamist party, Jamaat-i-Islami, which sided with Pakistan during the war.

“He resigned citing personal reasons,” the home ministry’s senior information officer Mohammad Sahenor Miah said.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/bangladesh-war-crime-probe-chief-quits-650

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Afzal Guru's mercy plea is not yet on President's table

Prafulla Marpakwar

May 6, 2010

MUMBAI: Though it has been widely believed that the mercy petition of Mohammed Afzal Guru, who was sentenced to death in the December 2001 Parliament attack case, has been pending at Rashtrapati Bhavan since January 4, 2006, a senior official on Wednesday said that the petition is not yet ready to be considered by President Pratibha Patil. "Afzal Guru's mercy petition is not pending with the President's office. As per official records, it is currently pending with the government of New Delhi," the official said.

While the President's office has received 27 mercy petitions from 49 death-row inmates across the country, only 25 petitions are awaiting the President's decision. Two of the petitions—Guru's and one from Bandu Tidake in Karnataka—are still being considered by the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA), which seeks details and opinions from the respective state governments.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Afzal-Gurus-mercy-plea-is-not-yet-on-Presidents-table/articleshow/5896109.cms

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Iran ready to address ‘rights abuse’ charges

06 May, 2010

TEHRAN, May 5: Iran is willing to address accusations of rights violations and host UN human rights chief Navi Pillay and experts, a senior official was quoted as saying on Wednesday.Human rights chief Mohammad Javad Larijani made the comments as Iran faces mounting international pressure over its controversial nuclear programme and risks further sanctions.

Iran has also come under fire by international rights organisations over its handling of the post-vote unrest and violence against protesters rejecting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election last June.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/iran-ready-to-address-rights-abuse-charges-650

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Libya wastes state cash on women, says Kadhafi's son

May 6, 2010

Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi's son Seif al-Islam said on Wednesday that state resources were "wasted" on women who prefer to get married and stay at home rather than work.

"Women don't face any kind of discrimination in Libya. Women and men are equal," Kadhafi told students, academics and dignitaries at the American University in Cairo.

"Women are very powerful in Libyan society. They are in the army, they are pilots... women are taking part in every company, any ministry," he told the packed auditorium, adding "they can drive" in a dig at Saudi Arabia, with which Libya had tense relations for years.

"The problem in Libya is that they waste the resources of the society... the state spends a lot of money to educate women and then they get married and stay at home. "This is the problem in Libya -- the women."

Seif al-Islam's father, Moamer Kadhafi, who has ruled Libya for over 40 years and who has in the past described himse

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/africa/Libya-wastes-state-cash-on-women-says-Kadhafi-s-son/Article1-539847.aspx

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Big' burqa-clad woman in air scare

May 6, 2010

KOLKATA: This was Russian citizen Albi Evoasle Onara's maiden visit to the country. Seems it will be her last. "This is really too much," her husband Asal Becov Artur repeatedly muttered in disgust after the couple was grilled for four hours on their arrival at the airport on Wednesday afternoon.

For Onara, it was sheer humiliation as she was first suspected of being a man disguised as a woman and then interrogated on why she wore a burqa when she was fair! The treatment meted out to the duo could trigger a diplomatic row, with Russian diplomats reportedly seeking an explanation on why their citizens had been harassed at the airport.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/City/Kolkata-/Big-burqa-clad-woman-in-air-scare/articleshow/5895707.cms

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Major, rifleman killed in gunbattle

May 6, 2010

SRINAGAR: Two Army soldiers, including a major, were killed in a protracted gunbattle with terrorists in a densely forested area at Chattibandi in north Kashmir's Bandipora district on Wednesday.

Defence spokesperson Lt Col J S Brar said the encounter was triggered on Tuesday when Army launched an operation on a tip-off that terrorists were hiding in the area. "The operation was on when the reports last came in," said Lt Col Brar. He said the terrorists fired at the Army patrol when they were closing in on them. "Major Yogendra Rajbar and rifleman Uttam Singh were injured when terrorists sprayed bullets at the patrol," he said. He said the two later succumbed to their injuries at a military hospital.

Major Rajbar was from Dehradun and had been posted in the area for two years. The officer was credited with breaking the back of insurgency in the area, once a known militant hub due to its treacherous terrain.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Major-rifleman-killed-in-gunbattle/articleshow/5896002.cms

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Jordanian beauty muscles her way into male bastion

May 6, 2010

HER HIGHLY muscled body is smothered in tattoos, she is constantly criticised by her fellow Jordanians and she suffers deep inner torment.

No matter what it takes, however, 26- year- old Farah Malhass is determined to become the first Arab woman to enter an international bodybuilding competition.

“ Everyone is against me. No one understands why I want to become an international star in figure bodybuilding,” she said. “ If I win first prize, I would then be able to participate in professional competitions.” Her pursuit comes at great personal cost. Many Jordanian men have strict views on “ correct” behaviour for women.

The Jordanian bodybuilding federation has difficulty accepting a woman into its ranks. “ Aren’t you ashamed of parading in front of the world in a bikini,” she is asked.

Malhass is a sitting target for Jordan’s hardliners, not least of all because her body is covered in tattoos: a bare- breasted angel is depicted on her upper thighs, angel wings cover her back, and edgy statements are branded across her arms.

So far only one Jordanian athlete, Zeid al- Far, has supported her.

He is also competing in Toronto and they are sharing the cost of their training.

“ You are somebody when you stop being nobody,” reads one of her tattoos. She insists she wants to reach her goal by herself, without family help.

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‘I was expecting you. Are you NYPD or FBI?’

May 6, 2010

Failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad jeered at his captors...

Pak govt detains 7 others in bomb link

Faisal’s elite origins baffle investigators

THE PAKISTANIAMERICAN who has confessed to trying to blow up a car bomb in New York’s Times Square was only caught “ at the last second”, authorities have admitted.

In scenes that could have come straight from a Hollywood film, Faisal Shahzad managed to give authorities the slip and board a flight out of the US. He was actually belted into his seat, the Emirates flight to Dubai on the runway waiting for take- off, when federal agents managed to stop the plane. “ I was expecting you. Are you NYPD or FBI,” Newsweek magazine claimed he said as he was arrested. Despite the best efforts of highly trained investigators armed with the most advanced technology in the world, two simple security failings appear to have allowed Shahzad to come within minutes of escape.

Full report at:

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Now, 'war porn' growing in numbers

May 6, 2010

New York : Videos featuring the gruesome killing of Iraqi soldiers and civilians in the Iraq war are growing in numbers online, earning them the name “war porn” as they are viewed for entertainment.

According to Newsweek, thousands of gruesome videos of Iraqi soldiers getting shot in the head, rocket-propelled grenades destroying buildings, and others, are being watched millions of times over.

But the so-called “war porn” videos, which vary in the amount of violence they depict, always show attacks on enemy soldiers and civilians, not Americans, thereby serving up a one-sided perspective of the conflict.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/now-war-porn-growing-in-numbers/615428/

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Pak, India back channel diplomacy restored

06 May, 2010

ISLAMABAD—Backdoor diplomacy between India and Pakistan has been restored and in this regard a 10 member delegation headed by former Army Chief General Jahangir Karamat has left for India on Wednesday.

According to a private TV channel, track two diplomacy between both the countries have been restored after the deadlock created due to Mumbai Attack, while the governments of US and UK have played pivotal role in this regard.

The 10 member delegation headed by former Army Chief including Sherry Rehman, Ahsan Iqbal, Jahangir Badar, Najam-ud-Din, Humayun Khan, Shafqat Mehmood and Aziz Ahmed Khan would stay for 3 days in India.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0510/06/FrontPage/FrontPage5.php

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Gulf states vow combined efforts to tackle terror threat

By GHAZANFAR ALI KHAN

May 6, 2010

RIYADH: Ministers of interior from the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) pledged on Wednesday to work together to tackle terrorism, money laundering and organized crime.

“The move to step up security and stability, as discussed by the interior ministers, requires coordination between all nations in the region,” GCC Secretary-General Abdul Rahman Al-Attiyah said after a ministerial meeting in Riyadh.

“Gulf states are facing serious challenges in the forms of terrorism and organized crime that call for increased vigilance and intelligence sharing.”

The ministers, who were attending the consultative meeting, discussed a whole range of security issues currently confronting the Gulf region, as well as plans and policies to tackle terror cells, drug traffickers, pirates and swindlers.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article50548.ece

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Can the terrorists halt India’s peace deal with Pakistan

May 6, 2010

INDIANS are inured to violence and death. Yes and no. Over the years as far back into history as one can go there have been famines, wars, ethnic killings and plagues. At the time of independence there was the division of the country into two as Pakistan, a Muslim state, was created. The breakup of India led to massive pogroms.

In recent years in India there have been a regular if intermittent Muslim-Hindu clashes, some resulting in the deaths of hundreds or more. There was the murder of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her Sikh bodyguards who were persuaded to commit their dastardly act by the militant movement fighting for a separate Sikh state. People who know India and have watched India and Pakistan go to war three times and be on the verge of a nuclear war in 1999 say that if the nationalist drum roll reached a certain crescendo public opinion would welcome an Indian nuclear attack on Pakistan, totally careless of the consequences. Today also there is the insurgency of the Maoists in eastern India, fuelled by the deep poverty of India’s tribal people who rarely live beyond the age of forty.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/opinion/columns/article50485.ece

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Marathi, Urdu schoolchildren bake cookies, learn English

Vignesh Sridharan

May 06, 2010

On Tuesday afternoon, students of the Urdu medium Anjuman-i-Islam Girls’ High School and Marathi medium Anuyog Secondary School pored over dictionaries in groups of five at the Vidyanidhi complex in Juhu.

They competed to complete a word search for the ingredients of chocolate-chip cookies, which most had probably never eaten before.

Next they unscrambled a jumbled up recipe to make the cookies and shouted out the steps to Lynne Gadkowski, who has been running the Access Microscholarship Programme to teach the 14-year-olds English for the last six months.

“We find the Access Programme a good way to interact with young people,” said Gadkowski, acting director of the American Centre.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Marathi-Urdu-schoolchildren-bake-cookies-learn-English/Article1-539971.aspx

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Muslim women speak out against misrepresentation

May 6, 2010

While the headlines haggle over whether burkas and nikabs should be banned in Switzerland, Muslim women are speaking out. They say they are feeling misunderstood and misrepresented. Mouna Ben Dhaou is a PhD student at the University of Lausanne. She came to Switzerland two and a half years ago from her native Tunisia to study accounting and finance, and no, she doesn’t wear a burka or a veil. WRS’s Carla Drysdale asked her if she felt Swiss feminists were patronizing Muslim women, by telling them not to wear the burka:

http://worldradio.ch/wrs/news/switzerland/muslim-women-speak-out-against-misrepresentation.shtml?18942

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Six juniors held in torture case: Policewomen get bail, men sent on judicial remand

06 May, 2010

FAISALABAD, May 5: Former station house officer of the women police station and her three other subordinate policewomen secured bail from the court of a judicial magistrate immediately after their arrest on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the former investigation in charges of the Civil Lines police station and People’s Colony police station Nasrullah Niazi and Raja Toheed, respectively, were sent on judicial remand.

Sources said the Rail Bazaar police station SHO inspector Rehman Qadir took into custody former women police station SHO Zahida Tariq, SI Gulnaz Rohi, constables Bushra and Zahida, besides SHO Niazi and SI Toheed, from the Police Lines.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/six-juniors-held-in-torture-case-policewomen-get-bail,-men-sent-on-judicial-remand-650

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'Embracing Islam just for marriage is against religion'

May 6, 2010

Muzaffarnagar : Islamic seminary Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband has said conversion to Islam just for the sake of marriage is against religion.

Its comments came after a Hindu man in Garhi Pukhta village said he wanted to convert to Islam to marry his domestic help, who is a Muslim.

Last month, 82-year-old Om Prakash, also a freedom fighter, and Gasia Begum (50) had applied at the marriage registrar office. Following stiff opposition to the relationship by his two sons, Prakash said he would convert to Islam if he was not allowed to marry Gasia.

Their decision attracted the attention of the Islamic seminary, which termed any such move against the 'Shariat'.

Deputy In-charge of the fatwa department of Deoband, Mufti Ahsan Kasmi, said conversion of person to Islam for the purpose of getting married is "against the Shariat".

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/embracing-islam-just-for-marriage-is-against-religion/615497/

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Recognise right to worship Ram Lalla'

J. Venkatesan

May 6, 2010

New Delhi: The right to worship Ram Lalla at the disputed site at Ayodhya must be recognised by court. For, this place has been believed to be the birth place of Lord Ram by millions of Hindus for several centuries, senior counsel Ravi Shankar Prasad argued in the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court.

A Full Bench comprising Justices S.U. Khan, Sudhir Agarwal and D.V. Sharma is hearing final arguments in the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute. In the suits pending since 1989 Muslims sought a declaration that the area in dispute be declared a Babri mosque.

After the completion of arguments on behalf of the plaintiffs in March, senior Supreme Court lawyer Prasad, representing the interest of Hindu worshippers, who claim as of right worship of the deity of Ram Lalla at Ram Janmasthan at Ayodhya, commenced his arguments on May 3.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/05/06/stories/2010050660151100.htm

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Accused in Marriott Hotel suicide attack acquitted

By Khalid Iqbal

May 06, 2010

RAWALPINDI. Justice Malik Muhammad Akram of the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) No-I here on Wednesday acquitted the accused involved in the Marriott Hotel suicide attack case as the police failed to provide evidence against them.

As many as 60 people were killed and scores injured in the incident on September 20, 2008. The court acquitted four accused namely Dr Muhammad Usman, Rana Muhammad Ilyas, Muhammad Hameed Afzal and Tehsinullah Khan. The accused filed an acquittal application of 265-K in the court taking a plea that the police failed to provide evidence against them.

Secretariat Police Station registered a case against Dr Muhammad Usman, Rana Muhammad Ilyas, Muhammad Hameed Afzal and Tehsinullah Khan for their alleged involvement in the Marriott Hotel suicide attack.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=28677

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Militants launch deadly suicide attack on Afghan city

05 May, 2010

HERAT: Militants armed with guns and suicide vests launched a coordinated attack in an Afghan city on Wednesday, setting off a series of explosions and killing three people, officials said.

Such coordinated attacks targeting the Western-backed government have become increasingly prevalent in Afghanistan, underscoring the increasing sophistication of Taliban-led insurgent attacks nine years into the conflict.

Eight suicide bombers managed to detonate their explosives outside government buildings in Zaranj, the capital of Nimroz province, where witnesses reported gunbattles between police and militants in government offices.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/04-afghanistan-militant-attack-qs-08

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Banning burqa an infringement of rights

Mustafa Farooq

MAY 6, 2010

On April 30, the lower house of Belgium's government passed a law that would ban women from wearing the burqa in public. This follows a series of similar events going on in France, Italy, and Switzerland where governments, following popular fervour, have moved to restrict the head covering. Closer to home, in Quebec, the Charest government recently introduced landmark legislation that would ban women wearing the niqab from accessing public services.

Part of the debate stems from the confusion around both the purpose and the form of what the Muslim "dress code" is. The point of the code, in essence, is to preserve modesty for both males and females. Muslim males, for example, are required to cover everything from directly below the knee to the navel. For females, while the purpose of being modest remains the same, the form differs.

Full report at:

http://thegatewayonline.ca/articles/opinion/2010/05/06/banning-burqa-infringement-rights

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Obama calls war council after NY plot

06 May 2010

An image of Faisal Shahzad is seen on a tv screen as security officials hold a meeting over the NY failed bombing.

US President Barack Obama is to convene a war council, in wake of a failed New York City bomb attack, for security talks on Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The meeting on Thursday will bring together Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, top US commander in Afghanistan General Stanley McChrystal and other intelligence and counterterrorism officials.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=125623&sectionid=3510203

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Five Kurdish rebels killed in Iran

06 May, 2010

TEHRAN, May 5: Five Kurdish rebels, including two women, were killed after they battled Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards in the western province of Kermanshah, Fars news agency reported on Wednesday.

The clashes erupted on Tuesday when the Guards “ambushed a terrorist team from PJAK in the region of Dalahu and after clashes five of them, including two women were killed,” Guards commander Ali Akbar Nouri was quoted as saying by Fars.

The Party of Free Life of Kurdistan, or PJAK, is closely allied with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, which operates in Turkey and is listed as a “terrorist” group by Ankara and much of the international community.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/five-kurdish-rebels-killed-in-iran-650

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Iran welcomes Brazil mediation over nuclear issue

May 06, 2010

TEHRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has agreed "in principle" to a Brazilian role in breaking the deadlock over a U.N.-backed nuclear fuel swap with the West.

Under the U.N. plan first put forward in 2009, Western powers would send nuclear fuel rods to a Tehran reactor in exchange for Iran's stock of lower-level enriched uranium. The U.S. and its allies fear Iran's disputed nuclear program aims to build nuclear weapons, and view the swap as a way to curb Tehran's capacity to do so.

Iran, which insists its nuclear program only aims to generate electricity, rejected the original exchange proposal. At the same time, the country's leaders have worked to keep the offer on the table, proposing variations, though without accepting the terms set in the U.N. proposal.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=104252

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Swiss region wants nationwide burqa ban

May 6, 2010

Lawmakers in Switzerland's northern canton (state) of Aargau have called for a nationwide ban on burqa-style Islamic garb in public spaces, Swiss newspapers reported on Wednesday. Aargau's parliament voted to introduce a motion in Switzerland's Council of States - representing the 26 cantons - that would forbid people from wearing the dress that covers women from head to toe with only a small mesh to see through.

The move, which was approved by 89 votes to 33, follows a decision by the Belgian parliament last week to back a bill banning burqa-type clothing on security grounds.

In France, a bill that would outlaw the veils in all public places will be introduced in parliament later this month despite a ruling by the country's highest administrative body that it could be unconstitutional.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/europe/Swiss-region-wants-nationwide-burqa-ban/Article1-539883.aspx

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Court: Nothing to prove Salman was minor during blasts

Zahid Rafiq

May 06, 2010

New delhi : After two months of arguments over suspected IM militant Salman Ahmad’s age, a city court on Wednesday decided that he was an adult at the time of the 2008 Delhi blasts. After the ossification test conducted by a panel of AIIMS doctors said Salman was about 26 years old, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kaveri Baweja ruled there were no documents to prove he was a minor at the time of the blasts.

The decision has come as a relief to the Special Cell which arrested him on March 3. If Salman was declared a minor, the case would have been transferred to the Juvenile Justice Board and he could not have been sentenced.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/court-nothing-to-prove-salman-was-minor-during-blasts/615681/

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Obama welcomes Indonesian announcement to ratify CTBT

May 6, 2010

WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has welcomed Indonesia's announcement to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and said that the United States is also committed to ratify it and its early entry into force.

"The United States is committed to the ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and to its early entry into force, and we will work with the United States Senate to help achieve advice and consent to this important international agreement," Obama said in a statement.

The US stands ready to work with all states and encourages them to ratify the treaty and to help bring it into force, he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Obama-welcomes-Indonesian-announcement-to-ratify-CTBT/articleshow/5891957.cms

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4 killed in deadly suicide attack on Afghan city

06 May, 2010

HERAT: Taliban militants armed with guns and suicide vests launched a coordinated attack on a city in south-western Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing four people, officials said.

Police said at least eight attackers took part in the siege on government buildings in Zaranj, the capital of the province of Nimroz, which has seen levels of violence creep up in recent years, and that all were killed.

Coordinated attacks targeting the Western-backed government have become increasingly prevalent in Afghanistan, underscoring the increasing sophistication of Taliban-led insurgent attacks nine years into the conflict.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\05\06\story_6-5-2010_pg7_37

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Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua dies

By RANDY FABI & CAMILLUS EBOH

May 6, 2010

ABUJA: Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua has died at age 58 after a long illness, presidential aides said. State television said on Thursday that acting President Goodluck Jonathan had been informed of Yar'Adua's death and the government would make a statement shortly

Yar'Adua had been absent from the political scene in Africa's most populous nation since November, when he left for medical treatment for a heart condition in Saudi Arabia. He returned to Nigeria in February but remained too sick to govern.

Acting President Jonathan assumed executive powers in February and has since appointed a new cabinet and his own team of advisers.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article50616.ece

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Saudi diplomat attacked in Kenya

May 6, 2010

JEDDAH: A Saudi diplomat in Kenya, Muhammad Mahmoud bin Muhammad, came under attack on Tuesday from unknown gunmen and has been admitted into the intensive care unit of a hospital in Nairobi.

A source close to Muhammad, who is working as a religious attaché at the Saudi Embassy in the Kenyan capital, told Arab News that four gunmen attacked the diplomat at his home.

The source added that the diplomat’s condition was critical. The Saudi Foreign Ministry did not comment on the shooting when this report went to press.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article50562.ece

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Al-Qaeda sympathizer surrenders to Saudi authorities

May 6, 2010

JEDDAH: A Saudi militant and former Al-Qaeda sympathizer has surrendered himself to the Kingdom’s security authorities, Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said on Wednesday.

“The man, who had gone to a region of unrest, contacted his family, expressing his desire to return to the Kingdom and surrender to the authorities,” said Al-Turki in a statement.

He said the ministry made arrangements to facilitate the man’s return to the Kingdom and that he has been reunited with his family.

He added that the man would be called to complete legal procedures. “We have taken his initiative into consideration.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article50557.ece

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Man sends son-in-law to jail, forces daughter to go with new husband

May 6, 2010

MADINAH: A Shariah Court in Madinah is looking into the case of a married woman who has filed a complaint against her father that he has misused his parental authority to marry her off to a man even though she wants to continue living with her first husband.

The first husband, a Tunisian expatriate, has also complained to Madinah Gov. Prince Abdul Aziz bin Majid that he was jailed by the Passport Department after his father-in-law, who is also his sponsor, filed a false allegation against him, Al-Madinah newspaper reported.

The husband claims a judge in Madinah sided with his father-in-law to take away his rights over his wife while he was in prison. Prince Abdul Aziz has ordered the Passport Department to investigate why the man was put in jail.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article50572.ece

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Malaysia top court hears landmark religious dispute

By RAZAK AHMAD

May 6, 2010

PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia: Malaysia's highest court began proceedings on Monday on a landmark inter-religious child custody dispute whose outcome could further raise political tension in this mainly Muslim country.

The Federal Court heard objections by lawyers representing an ethnic Indian couple fighting each other for custody of their two children and adjourned for two weeks before hearing the case.

A Hindu woman, Shamala Sathiyaseelan, won temporary custody of her two children in 2004 following her husband's conversion to Islam. She is seeking full custody and a declaration that it is illegal under Malaysia's constitution for a parent to convert a minor to Islam without the other's consent.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article49783.ece

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Yemen ‘bans Arab conference on Darfur crisis’

6 May 2010

SANAA - Yemen on Wednesday slapped a last-minute ban on a meeting of Arab parliamentarians to discuss the crisis in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, the head of one group due to attend said.

“We were surprised a few hours before the conference began when security men blocked participants access to the hall,” Yemen’s Social Democratic Forum secretary general Nabil Abdulhafiz said.

He cited the security men as saying they had “received instructions to do so.”

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/May/middleeast_May87.xml&section=middleeast

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Iraq’s Shiite parties edge out Sunni-backed coalition

6 May 2010

 BAGHDAD - Iraq inched towards a new government Wednesday with power set to be vested once more in the hands of Shiite religious parties that have close ties to Iran, pushing Sunni-backed secularists to the margins.

A deal was struck late on Tuesday between the war-torn country’s two biggest Shiite Muslim alliances, allowing them to squeeze out a secular coalition that won a March 7 general election but failed to build a parliamentary majority.

The agreement, struck after two months of haggling that paralysed politics and alarmed the United States ahead of its planned military withdrawal from the country, was condemned by the secular bloc as “a sectarian merger.”

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/May/middleeast_May86.xml&section=middleeast

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Palestinians say talks must deal with core issues

06 May, 2010

Jordan — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that U.S.-brokered indirect peace talks with Israel could quickly collapse if they do not focus on core issues like the final borders of a Palestinian state.

Israel says it is willing to address key issues in the indirect talks beginning Wednesday but maintains that their resolution can only come in direct negotiations.

“Negotiations will focus on final status issues and there’s no need to enter into details and small matters because we have had enough of that in the previous negotiations,” Abbas said after talks with Jordan’s King Abdullah II in the Jordanian capital.

Abbas gave the talks four months to make progress. After that, he said, he will seek Arab League advice on next steps.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/May/middleeast_May80.xml&section=middleeast&col

 

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