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Muslim Brotherhood HQ stormed in Cairo; 16 dead in Sunday's protests

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: An Egyptian protester looks at the damaged Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in the Muqatam district in eastern Cairo, Egypt on Monday

 

Arab World

Muslim Brotherhood HQ stormed in Cairo; 16 dead in Sunday's protests

Iraq: Gunmen kill 8 anti-al-Qaeda Sunni fighters

Wrong to equate Syrian victims with perpetrator of violence: Saud

KSA says EU needs to speed up arming of Syrian opposition

Al Azhar Scholar: "Shia Killing in Egypt Is Political Crime"

Assad's forces battle to tighten control of central Syria

Tahrir bursts into life after months of calm, the target was Mohamed Morsi

Egypt opposition gives Morsi a day to quit

Warning over use of lethal 'bomb' pesticides in UAE

Bahrain: Iran can help ease Syrian civil war

 

India

Former AIADMK MLA stirs hornet’s nest over triple Talaq, filed a PIL in Madras HC

Wanted, a leader for BJP minority front in Gujarat

VHP leader arrested for serial blasts in Mathura

Malegaon blast: NIA may term 9 Muslim accused innocent

Muslim students for RTE Act implementation

Like British, Narendra Modi believes in divide & rule: Shakeel Ahmed

India getting Saudi exit visas for Nitaqat-hit emigrants

Kashmir clash: Militants and policemen die in gun battle

Ishrat case: IB officer Rajendra Kumar won't be named in first chargesheet

 

South Asia

US encouraging Xinjiang ‘terrorism’: Chinese state media

77 percent schoolboys in Dhaka indulge in porn

China may put Xinjiang terror on Sharif menu

Rioters renew violence in Myanmar

 

Europe

Britain inks billion-dollar deals in ‘strategic’ Kazakhstan

'We have a different kind of Islam,' say Bosnia's Muslims

UN peacekeepers take over ahead of Mali polls

Nigerian troops kill civilians: Rights panel

 

Africa

Nigeria: Boko Haram Kills 15, Sacks 7 Communities in Borno

Somalia: Extra Judicial Killings by Kenyan Police to Muslims

Somali forces lure and arrest Islamist leader Sheikh Aweys

Nigeria: APC Leadership Is Not Muslim-Dominated, Says Fani-Kayode

Libya wants to join European security body

 

Pakistan

Hafiz Saeed asks Pakistan govt not to buy electricity from India

Pakistan to follow investor-friendly policy towards India: Nawaz

ISI has infiltrated US think tanks, Pak scholar says

Altaf withdraws resignation, in another U-turn

‘Pashtun nationalists may suffer at the hands of PTI’

Four terrorists killed in 1,382 encounters: report

Death toll in Pakistan attacks climbs to 52

Two policemen killed in Peshawar attack

Police names three TTP suspects in Peshawar attack

Four volunteers, three soldiers killed in blasts

Pakistani intruder killed in IED blast during infiltration bid in Poonch

 

Southeast Asia

Dy PM of Malaysia defends religion conversion bill for children

Indonesia And The Arms Trade Treaty

"Mahdavism in Religions" Seminar held in Indonesia

 

North America

'NSA bugs EU embassies, infiltrates their computer networks'

Dearborn’s changing garage regulations worry hangout-loving Arabs

Muslims gather in Hillsborough, discuss faith's effect on youth

Kerry says progress made in peace talks

 

Mideast

Abbas less upbeat than Kerry over Mideast peace deal

Iran: Visual translation of Quranic verses to be displayed at Quran fair

Deafening silence in Gaza Strip underground tunnels

U.S. spokesperson Resistance of Iran: Stop appeasing Iranian mullahs

 

Australia

Australia's first Muslim frontbencher sworn in

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Arab World

 

Muslim Brotherhood HQ stormed in Cairo; 16 dead in Sunday's protests

AFP | Jul 1, 2013

CAIRO: Egyptian protesters on Monday stormed the headquarters of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood after deadly clashes there between supporters and opponents of President Mohamed Morsi who hails from the group, an AFP correspondent said.

The building in Cairo's Moqattam district was set ablaze before people stormed inside and began throwing things out of the windows, as others were seen leaving with items including furniture.

Witnesses told AFP there were no Brotherhood members still inside the building, after they were escorted out by a group of people early on Monday.

16 killed in Sunday's protests

At least 16 people died in protests across Egypt on Sunday, including eight in clashes between opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo, the health ministry said on Monday.

A further three people died in the central province of Assiut and one in each of the provinces of Fayoum, Beni Sueif and Kafr el-Sheikh.

One protester suffocated to death at the rally outside the presidential palace in Cairo and another died of wounds in the coastal city of Alexandria, the ministry said.

Egypt opposition gives Morsi a day to quit

Egypt's opposition on Monday gave Islamist Mohamed Morsi a day to quit or face civil disobedience after deadly protests demanded the country's first democratically elected president step down after just a year in office.

"We give Mohamed Morsi until 5:00pm (1500 GMT) on Tuesday July 2 to leave power, allowing state institutions to prepare for early presidential elections," the Tamarod movement said in a statement on its website.

Otherwise, "Tuesday, 5:00pm will be the beginning of a complete civil disobedience campaign."

In Cairo, the seat of the powerful Muslim Brotherhood from which Morsi hails was set ablaze before people stormed and looted it, an AFP correspondent said.

People were seen leaving with petrol bombs, helmets, flak jackets, furniture, televisions and documents.

"This is a historic moment. The Brotherhood ruined the country, so stealing from them is justified," protester Mohammed told AFP.

Tamarod — Arabic for Rebellion — is a grassroots campaign which says it collected more than 22 million signatures declaring a lack of confidence in Morsi.

It was behind Sunday's protests that saw millions of people pour onto the streets demanding his departure on the first anniversary of his inauguration.

As Morsi stood firm and insisted the only way forward was dialogue, calls for army intervention increased.

Tamarod urged state institutions to support the protesters, calling on "the army, the police and the judiciary to clearly side with the popular will as represented by the crowds".

Opposition leader Hamdeen Sabbahi urged military intervention if Morsi refused to quit.

The army, which led a tumultuous transition after Mubarak, had already warned it would intervene if there was major unrest.

"The armed forces must act, because they have always been on the side of the people "which has expressed its will", said Sabbahi, who was third in the 2012 presidential election.

The best outcome would be for Morsi to go willingly, he added.

But Morsi's spokesman Ehab Fahmy told reporters: "Dialogue is the only way through which we can reach an understanding ... The presidency is open to a real and serious national dialogue."

Five people were killed in clashes late on Sunday and another person died overnight from injuries, a health ministry official said.

Television pictures showed the Muslim Brotherhood building in Cairo burning as people pelted it with petrol bombs.

Brotherhood supporters fired buckshot in a bid to repel the attackers, an AFP journalist said. Later, automatic weapons fire was heard.

In Tahrir Square, where hundreds of protesters spent the night, demonstrators blew whistles and chanted anti-Morsi slogans around tents.

Outside the presidential palace, hundreds of others staged a sit-in after the army estimated that millions had heeded the opposition call to protest.

Sunday's turnout — on the first anniversary of Morsi's inauguration — was described as the largest protest in Egyptian history.

"Long live the people," read Monday's headline in the independent daily al-Tahrir, while Al-Masry al-Youm called it the "June 30 revolution".

Anti-Morsi protests were held in the coastal city of Alexandria, the Nile Delta cities of Mansura, Menuf, Tanta and Mahalla, the canal cities of Suez and Port Said and the president's hometown Zagazig.

In Tahrir Square, protesters brandished red cards and Egyptian flags as patriotic songs played.

"The people want the ouster of the regime," they chanted, echoing the signature slogan of the 2011 revolt that ousted Hosni Mubarak and eventually brought Morsi to power.

His supporters have staged counter rallies to defend his legitimacy and there had been fears of major confrontations.

But Sunday's anti-government protests eclipsed the loyalists' gathering in Cairo's Nasr City neighbourhood, which the army estimated attracted some 25,000 people.

Police and troops had deployed at key buildings nationwide, including at vital Suez Canal installations.

Hospitals also went on high alert as banks and most offices closed on Sunday, a working day.

Last week, eight people including an American were killed and scores were injured as rival demonstrators clashed.

Morsi, previously a senior Brotherhood leader, is Egypt's first freely elected president, catapulted to power by the uprising that ended three decades of Mubarak rule.

His opponents accuse him of betraying the revolution by concentrating power in Islamist hands and of sending the economy into freefall.

Morsi supporters say he inherited many problems from a corrupt regime, and that he should be allowed to complete term which ends in 2016.

Any attempt to remove him would be a coup against democracy, they say.

Opponents insist calls for his resignation are aimed at restoring the revolution's cornerstones of democracy, freedom and social justice.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Muslim-Brotherhood-HQ-stormed-in-Cairo-16-dead-in-Sundays-protests/articleshow/20860130.cms

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Iraq: Gunmen kill 8 anti-al-Qaeda Sunni fighters

 July 01, 2013 

BAGHDAD — Iraqi officials say gunmen have killed eight anti-al-Qaeda Sunni militiamen north of the capital, Baghdad.

A police officer says the men were snatched from their houses in the town of Mishahda and surrounding villages during the past two days. He added that their dead bodies were left in an orchard on Monday with gunshots wounds to their heads and chests. Some had their hands bound behind their backs.

The town is 30 kilometers (20 miles) north of the capital.

A health official confirmed the casualty figure. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to release information.

The government-allied militiamen, or Sahwa, joined forces with US troops to fight al-Qaeda. They are a frequent target for al-Qaeda in Iraq, which considers them traitors. — AP

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130701171929

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Wrong to equate Syrian victims with perpetrator of violence: Saud

July 01, 2013 

MANAMA – Minister of Foreign Affairs Prince Saud Al-Faisal said here on Sunday that it was wrong to equate the Syrian victims with the perpetrator of daily violence and human rights violations on the ground.

“How can we compare the two parties and stances? One is unconditionally supplied with weapons to use in killing its own people and sparking sectarian sedition, while the other party is deprived of weapons supplies although in grave need of them for legitimate self-defense, because some states use the justification that they might end up in the hands of terrorists and thus spark a sectarian conflict,” Prince Saud said, addressing the 23rd GCC-EU Joint Ministerial Council’s meeting.

He said the EU “must immediately implement its decision” to lift an arms embargo on weapons destined for Syria’s opposition. This, he said, was essential to offset assistance Damascus received from “Hezbollah and other forces backed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards who get unlimited supplies of Russian weapons”.

“The international community must ban the supply of weapons to the Syrian regime and demand that foreign occupation forces withdraw from Syria,” said Prince Saud.

The Gulf Arab nations and the European Union pledged to pool their efforts to help convene a peace conference on Syria, as they wrapped up a one-day ministerial meeting. The gathering attended by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and the foreign ministers of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council also called on Iran to play “a constructive role” in the region.

The ministers “reiterated the utmost urgency of finding a political settlement of the Syrian conflict,” said a statement issued at the end of the meeting. – SG

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130701171887

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KSA says EU needs to speed up arming of Syrian opposition

1 July 2013

Foreign Minister Prince Saud Al-Faisal has urged the European Union to speed up arming Syria’s opposition forces.

He also called upon the UN Security Council to take a united stand on the crisis.

Addressing a joint GCC-EU meeting in Manama, Prince Saud stressed the need to change the balance of power on the ground in favor of Syrian people to achieve a peaceful settlement.

"The ?Syrian opposition is not only fighting an illegitimate regime, but also fighting a foreign occupier," Prince Saud said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/456644

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Al Azhar Scholar: "Shia Killing in Egypt Is Political Crime"

 Jul 1, 2013

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Mustafa Al-Sawaheli, Arabic language and literature professor at Al-Azhar University, made the remark in an interview with IQNA, adding that all Egyptian citizens are facing lack of security due to government’s failure to ensure security.

He underlined the sanctity of all humans’ blood no matter what their faith or religion is, saying that based on Islamic teachings, even the life of non-Muslims such as Christians, Jews and Buddhists who live in the Muslim world must be respected.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=435470

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Assad's forces battle to tighten control of central Syria

Reuters | Jun 30, 2013

AMMAN: President Basharal-Assad's forces pounded Sunni Muslim rebels in the city of Homs with artillery and from the air on Sunday, the second day of an offensive to expand loyalist control over Syria's strategic centre, activists said.

They said rebels defending the old centre of Homs and five adjacent Sunni districts had largely repelled a ground attack on Saturday by Assad's forces but reported fresh clashes and deaths within the city on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Assads-forces-battle-to-tighten-control-of-central-Syria/articleshow/20848307.cms

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Tahrir bursts into life after months of calm, the target was Mohamed Morsi

 July 01, 2013

A few blocks from Tahrir Square, the eerie silence of a shuttered downtown Cairo suddenly erupts into a roar of horns, drums, whistles and chants.

The smell of popcorn, cigarette smoke, grilled meat and freshly-squeezed oranges fills the air, as hundreds of thousands of protesters clap, cheer and wave the red-white-and-black Egyptian flag.

After months of calm, Tahrir, the festive heart of the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, has burst back into life.

But in a reminder of the darker side of that protest encampment, women's activists said more than 30 women suffered organised sexual assaults by gangs of men in the square during Sunday's rally.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/africa/Tahrir-bursts-into-life-after-months-of-quiet/Article1-1085254.aspx

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Egypt opposition gives Morsi a day to quit

 July 01, 2013

Egypt's opposition Monday gave Islamist Mohamed Morsi a day to quit or face civil disobedience after deadly protests demanded the country's first democratically elected president step down after just a year in office.

"We give Mohamed Morsi until 5:00 pm (15:00 GMT) on Tuesday July 2 to leave power, allowing state institutions to prepare for early presidential elections," the Tamarod movement said in a statement on its website.

Otherwise, "Tuesday, 5:00 pm will be the beginning of a complete civil disobedience campaign."

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/africa/Egypt-opposition-gives-Morsi-a-day-to-quit/Article1-1085044.aspx

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Warning over use of lethal 'bomb' pesticides in UAE

Anwar Ahmad

Jun 30, 2013

ABU DHABI // Householders have been warned about unlicensed pest-control companies using a pesticide called “bomb” that is potentially fatal.

“Bomb”, or aluminium phosphide, has been banned from public sale since 2009 and only licensed operators are permitted to use it.

“In the right environment it is a highly effective product but it should never be used in residential properties,” James Nicholson, general manager of the licensed pest control company Rentokil, said yesterday.

“You have to look at the training of an individual and the management structure of a company as to how these products are used in such environments – there is clearly gross negligence when people are dying from pesticide application.”

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/warning-over-use-of-lethal-bomb-pesticides-in-uae#ixzz0Vdvy64qX

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Bahrain: Iran can help ease Syrian civil war

July 01, 2013          

MANAMA: Bahrain’s foreign minister Sunday urged Iran’s newly elected president to seek the withdrawal of Tehran-backed Hezbollah fighters from Syria as a gesture to try to ease the civil war there. The appeal by Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmad al-Khalifa, during meetings between the European Union and Gulf Arab foreign ministers, showed the widening shadow of Syria’s 27-month conflict that has spilled across borders, involving Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey in varying degrees.

Full report at:

http://dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Jul-01/222102-bahrain-iran-can-help-ease-syrian-civil-war.ashx#ixzz0VdfCfau2

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India

 

Former AIADMK MLA stirs hornet’s nest over triple Talaq, filed a PIL in Madras High Court

 July 1, 2013 

Chennai: An independent practitioner of law in the High Court of Madras and former AIADMK MLA from Triplicane in Chennai, Badar Sayeed has stirred a hornet’s nest once again through filing a PIL in the Madras High Court over issuance of triple Talaq by men, demanding an end to the practice of unilateral issuance of Talaq (divorce) certificates by the Quazis. Needless to say, the Quazis, local Muslim politicians and their supporters didn’t like this.

A big number of men from the community marched in protest towards Sayeed’s house at Seshadri Street in Alwarpet, at a stone’s throw from Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence, threatening to surround her house. The protestors were stopped by the police, 100 of whom were taken into custody. While en route to meet the activist lawyer, RNI correspondent encountered a good number of derogatory posters against Badar Sayeed, which she herself cites as vindication of her stand. “Which sharia allows a man to paste photos of a woman on the walls so that others could see it,” says Badar adding that the Quazis, by unilaterally issuing such certificates of divorce, are denying Muslim women their right to lead a married life enshrined in Article 21 of the constitution.

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2013jun29/badar_sayeed_stirs_hornet’s_nest_over_triple_talaq.html

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Wanted, a leader for BJP minority front in Gujarat

Amit Arora, TNN | Jul 1, 2013

AHMEDABAD: Chief Minister Narendra Modi may be reaching out to Muslims across the country to boost his prime ministerial chances, but the BJP is finding it difficult to find a recognizable face to head its minority front in Gujarat.

The vacancy was created after the incumbent president Kadar Salot died of heart attack on June 10, two months after taking over Gujarat BJP Minority Morcha. "Sad to hear of untimely demise of Kadarbhai Salot," Modi had tweeted on the day of his death. "A dedicated karyakarta, Kadarbhai did significant party work among minorities. Even yesterday he was busy with a party function in Surat."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Wanted-a-leader-for-BJP-minority-front-in-Gujarat/articleshow/20851589.cms

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VHP leader arrested for serial blasts in Mathura

Ashish Tripathi, TNN | Jun 30, 2013

LUCKNOW: Jagdish Anant, Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP’s) district president of Mathura, has been arrested on charges of engineering serial blasts in Kosi Kalanarea of Mathuraon May 30.

Senior superintendent of police of Mathura, RKS Rathore, when contacted, confirmed arrest of Anant but denied any communal motive. "It was turning into a communal issue but we managed to bring things under control. Our investigation has revealed that the blasts were minor in nature and bombs were like fire crackers. It was a mischievous act done to protest poor power supply in the area," he said. He also described Anant as a small leader.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/VHP-leader-arrested-for-serial-blasts-in-Mathura/articleshow/20846598.cms

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Malegaon blast: NIA may term 9 Muslim accused innocent

Deeptiman Tiwary, TNN | Jul 1, 2013

NEW DELHI: The nine Muslim men arrested and charged in connection with the 2006 Malegaon blast case may soon find an official stamp of their "innocence". The National Investigation Agency (NIA), which has chargesheeted Hindutva radicals in connection with the case, is likely to tell a Mumbai court that the arrested men do not stand accused in the Malegaon blast case.

The NIA's statement will be in reply to a discharge application filed by two of the nine accused in Mumbai's Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act ( MCOCA) court on the basis of NIA's chargesheet. The two accused, Mohamed Ali Shaikh and Asif Bashir Shaikh, on Wednesday filed an application seeking discharge from the case stating the NIA chargesheet had proved the involvement of a right-wing terror group.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Malegaon-blast-NIA-may-term-9-Muslim-accused-innocent/articleshow/20852195.cms

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Muslim students for RTE Act implementation

01st July 2013

The Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) here has demanded that the state government implement the provisions of the Right to Education (RTE) Act across the state. The state government’s estimate that only three lakh children in the state are not enrolled in government schools is false, and the actual figure could be around 18 lakh, it alleged.

“The state Human Development Report 2007 stated that about 12 lakh children between the ages 6 and 14 were out of school in the state, but the state government says only three lakh. NGO statistics put the number at 18 lakh,” said Iqbal Hussain, member of SIO, at a press conference here on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/Muslim-students-for-RTE-Act-implementation/2013/07/01/article1661387.ece

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India getting Saudi exit visas for Nitaqat-hit emigrants

J. BALAJI

 Jul 1, 2013

"There is no way except to obey the Saudi Arabian law," says Vayalar Ravi

As the deadline for expatriates without valid work permits or employment in Saudi Arabia is set to end on July 3 under the Nitaqat (naturalisation) labour law, the Indian government has made elaborate arrangements for their smooth exit as they have to leave the Kingdom before the expiry of the deadline.

Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi told The Hindu over telephone from Kochi on Sunday that the process was being carried out by the Indian Embassy in Riyadh and its consulate in Jeddah and so far he had not received any complaint. “There is no way except to obeying the Saudi Arabian law,” he said, adding that he had no information about the possibility of the King extending the deadline.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-getting-saudi-exit-visas-for-nitaqathit-emigrants/article4866440.ece

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Kashmir clash: Militants and policemen die in gun battle

 Jul 1, 2013

Two militants and a policeman have been killed in a gun battle in Indian-administered Kashmir, police say.

The shooting took place in Tral, south of Srinagar city, on Monday when security forces launched an operation after being informed that militants were in the area.

Meanwhile, a day-long strike is being held in Srinagar and nearby areas to protest against Sunday's killing of two people in a military operation.

Shops, schools and businesses are shut.

Soldiers and police cordoned off a home in Mandoora village in southern Kashmir on Monday following a report that suspected militants were hiding there, Associated Press quoted paramilitary spokesman Kishore Prasad as saying.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-23124231

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Ishrat case: IB officer Rajendra Kumar won't be named in first chargesheet

PTI | Jul 1, 2013

NEW DELHI: Special director of Intelligence Bureau (IB) Rajendra Kumar will not be named in the first chargesheet to be filed by CBI on July four as the agency will be seeking more time from court to probe the conspiracy angle in the fake encounter case of Ishrat Jahan and others.

"We have promised the Gujarat HC that we will file a chargesheet on July 4 in this case and we will maintain our time limit. We will file a preliminary chargesheet," CBI director Ranjit Sinha told reporters on the sidelines of an Interpol conference.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ishrat-case-IB-officer-Rajendra-Kumar-wont-be-named-in-first-chargesheet/articleshow/20857241.cms

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South Asia

 

US encouraging Xinjiang ‘terrorism’: Chinese state media

AFP

 Jul 1, 2013

URUMQI: The United States is encouraging “terrorism” in Xinjiang, Chinese state media said Monday, also claiming separatists in the region – which has a large Uighur minority – had fought alongside Syrian rebels.

Beijing denies the unrest in the vast region bordering Central Asia – which last week left at least 35 people dead – is due to ethnic tensions between Uighurs and China’s majority Han.

It has vowed to crack down on “terrorist groups”, ordering military exercises ahead of Friday’s anniversary of major riots in 2009 that left around 200 dead.

But rights groups for the mostly Muslim Uighurs blame unrest on economic inequality and religious repression, and Washington has raised concerns about discrimination.

The People’s Daily, a mouthpiece for the ruling Communist Party, slammed the US government and media for what it said was its role in the violence.

“For fear of a lack of chaos in China,” it said in a commentary, the US was “conspiring to direct the calamity of terrorist activities toward China”.

“America’s double standards on the issue of countering terrorism is no different than incitement and indulgence... How is this different than those who act as accomplices to terrorism?” it said.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1022027/us-encouraging-xinjiang-terrorism-chinese-state-media

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77 percent schoolboys in Dhaka indulge in porn

 Jul 1, 2013

Almost 77 percent of the male schoolchildren in Dhaka city are involved in watching, sharing and producing pornography according to a study, said Abdullah Al Mamun, programme manager of the governance division of Manusher Jonno Foundation (MJF), in a seminar yesterday.

Males of the age group of 12-25 were found to be most susceptible to these activities, he added, citing the study done by MJF.

“Girl children are often tricked or forced into being the subjects of such material,” said Mamun in his keynote address.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/77-percent-schoolboys-in-capital-indulge-in-porn/

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China may put Xinjiang terror on Sharif menu

Saibal Dasgupta, TNN | Jul 1, 2013

BEIJING: China's Communist Party has blamed terrorists from "outside the country" for the rise in violence in the restive Xinjiang province, which borders Pakistan and Central Asia. Last week's clashes in the province, scene of a decades-old separatist movement involving Uighur Muslims, left 35 dead and 21 injured.

The official Xinhua news agency quoted Yu Zhengsheng, member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) central committee , as saying that "separatists in and outside the country have been escalating their efforts", to cause disturbances.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/China-may-put-Xinjiang-terror-on-Sharif-menu/articleshow/20853036.cms

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Rioters renew violence in Myanmar

Reuters

 Jul 1, 2013

Rioters torched two houses in a coastal town in Myanmar’s Rakhine State in the latest violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims, a government spokesman said, but a resident said security forces had restored order on Monday.

At least 237 people have been killed in Myanmar in religious violence over the past year and about 150,000 people have been displaced.

Most of the victims were Muslim and the most deadly incidents happened in Rakhine State, where about 800,000 Rohingya Muslims live, according to the United Nations.

In the latest flare-up, about 50 people gathered outside a police station in Thandwe on the west coast on Sunday after hearing a woman had been raped by “a man of another religion”, government spokesman Ye Htut said on his Facebook page.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/rioters-renew-violence-in-myanmar/

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Europe

 

Britain inks billion-dollar deals in ‘strategic’ Kazakhstan

AFP

 Jul 1, 2013

ASTANA: British Prime Minister David Cameron signed a strategic cooperation agreement as well as $1.0 billion in deals with Kazakhstan on Monday during his first visit to the energy-rich ex-Soviet state.

Cameron and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev also unveiled an oil and gas processing plant on the shores of the Caspian Sea that is meant to provide a new reliable source of energy for European countries.

The British premier played up the importance of Kazakhstan to regional security as he wound down a swing through the region that included visits to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

“We’re in a global race for jobs and investment,” Cameron said on Monday. “This is one of the most rapidly emerging countries in the world.”

Western nations have attempted through the two decades since the Soviet Union’s collapse to make gains in a Central Asian region that relies on Russia for its European energy export routes. Cameron added that the two countries had signed a “strategic partnership agreement” that underscored the importance of their growing ties.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1022024/britain-inks-billion-dollar-deals-in-strategic-kazakhstan

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'We have a different kind of Islam,' say Bosnia's Muslims

Ferry Biedermann

Jul 1, 2013

SARAJEVO // Sarajevo's many minarets have been meticulously restored in the almost 20 years since Bosnia's devastating war and new ones that have been built are predominantly in the modern Turkish style topped with conical grey roofs.

Foreign interest in Bosnia's once beleaguered Muslim community is evident all around. Saudi Arabia built the largest mosque and Islamic centre in the Balkans in Sarajevo and is helping to fund the new university library. Countries such as Qatar, Kuwait and the UAE have all provided aid and investments.

But attention from Turkey and Arabian Gulf countries has waned since the immediate aftermath of the war.

Despite the signs of the ties that bind Bosnia to Turkey and the wider Muslim world, this Balkan country is firmly rooted in Europe and has outspoken ambitions to join the European Union, ambitions that are thrown into sharp relief today by the accession of neighbouring Croatia.

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/europe/we-have-a-different-kind-of-islam-say-bosnias-muslims#ixzz0Vdv1UC7S

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UN peacekeepers take over ahead of Mali polls

   Jul 1, 2013

BAMAKO - United Nations peacekeepers took over security duties from African troops in Mali on Monday with a mission to ensure stability in the conflict-scarred nation just four weeks ahead of planned elections.

A 12,600-strong force officially replaced the AFISMA military mission, which has been supporting French soldiers who entered Mali in January to halt an Islamist advance and help the government re-establish its authority over the vast country.

Soldiers from nine troop-contributing west African countries and UN officials took part in a "re-hatting" ceremony in Bamako on Monday, replacing their head gear with the distinctive light blue berets of the UN.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130701171933

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Nigerian troops kill civilians: Rights panel

AP | Jun 30, 2013

LAGOS: Nigeria's national human rights commission says it has credible reports security forces are killing, torturing, illegally detaining and raping civilians in fighting an Islamic uprising in northeast Nigeria. The extremists have killed more than 1,600 people since 2010.

A new report says troops also have torched homes and tried to hide evidence of gross violations by disposing of bodies.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Nigerian-troops-kill-civilians-Rights-panel/articleshow/20839537.cms

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Africa

 

Nigeria: Boko Haram Kills 15, Sacks 7 Communities in Borno

By Ndahi Marama, 30 June 2013

GUNMEN suspected to be members of Boko Haram Saturday attacked seven hilly communities in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State and killed about 15 people. They attacked the areas with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and petrol-bombs, torching many houses and carting away food items and livestock.

Though details of the exact number of people and houses destroyed in the multiple attacks are sketchy, an anonymous community leader of Kunde, said that 15 people were killed by the armed terrorists, when they overran six other communities of Gathahure, Hwa'a, Tihezeh, Hrazah, Hembe and Gjigga on the Mandara Hills, that stretch for 16 kilometres, east of Gwoza, the council headquarters.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201306300004.html?viewall=1

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Somalia: Extra Judicial Killings By Kenyan Police to Muslims

By Maalik_eng, 29 June 2013

Police have been accused of illegally executing at least 13 people suspected of having links to terror groups, including two men killed last week. Muslims for Human Rights officials say Kenya maintains a police death squad tasked with eliminating suspects with links to terror groups. Kenya Police officials have denied the allegations.

The claims follow a recent incident in which a terror suspect was killed in what police described as a gun battle. Recovered weapons were displayed for the news media. Hours later another suspect was "killed in a shootout".

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201306300053.html

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Somali forces lure and arrest Islamist leader Sheikh Aweys

Agence France-Presse

Jul 1, 2013

MOGADISHU //Somali security forces arrested on Saturday a veteran Islamist leader, Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys, after he flew to Mogadishu for talks with government officials.

Sheikh Aweys, a former army colonel and a hero of Somalia's 1977-78 war with Ethiopia, is on the United States and the United Nations Security Council terrorism sanctions lists, but no bounty has been placed on his head.

Full report at:

 http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/africa/somali-forces-lure-and-arrest-islamist-leader-sheikh-aweys#ixzz0VdurLzRZ

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Nigeria: APC Leadership Is Not Muslim-Dominated, Says Fani-Kayode

1 July 2013

Former Minister says the campaign of calumny is a ploy by PDP to discredit the merger.

A former Aviation Minister and member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Femi Fani-Kayode has described those saying that the association, a merger of some opposition parties in the country, is dominated by Muslims as either being mischievous or simply ignorant.

Mr Fani-Kayode explained in a statement on Sunday that contrary to the contents of the list being circulated in the social media, the association has 37 interim national officers out of which 18 are Muslims and the remaining 17 Christians.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201307010868.html?viewall=1

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Libya wants to join European security body

 Jul 1, 2013

TRIPOLI — Libya has applied to become a partner of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in a move that, if successful, will mean it will have joined Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco in this Vienna-based body. The OCSE is an intergovernmental organization founded in the Cold War, which works on the premiss that Europe’s security can best be assured by assisting states far beyond its borders to achieve peace and stability. If Libya becomes a partner, it will receive support not simply on security, such as arms and border control, but will also be helped to promote human rights, freedom of the press and fair elections.

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130701171904

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Pakistan

 

Hafiz Saeed asks Pakistan govt not to buy electricity from India

PTI | Jul 1, 2013

LAHORE: Pakistan should not buy electricity from India, Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed has told the government, days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed his power minister to visit India to address the severe energy crisis facing the country.

"India is producing electricity on Pakistani rivers and offering the same to us to buy. Don't our rulers understand this basic point?" Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, asked while addressing an 'Ummat Conference' at Sheikhupura, some 40 kilometres from here, on Sunday.

Saeed, who is carrying a $10 million bounty on his head declared by the US, has been freely moving and conducting his activities mostly in Punjab, a province of 90 million.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Hafiz-Saeed-asks-Pakistan-govt-not-to-buy-electricity-from-India/articleshow/20858180.cms

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Pakistan to follow investor-friendly policy towards India: Nawaz

 Jul 1, 2013

Asserting that his government was committed to following investor-friendly policies towards India, Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif has asked the Water and Power Minister, Khawaja Muhammad Asif to undertake a visit to India and explore the potential areas of joint economic cooperation between the two nations.

An assurance to this effect was given by the Prime Minister to the India-Pakistan Joint Business Council delegation that met him on June 29 after their first ever meeting in Islamabad. Mr. Sharif told the delegation that he had been pursuing a policy of friendship and cooperation with India during its previous stints in power and the same policy of amity would be followed to promote peace and prosperity in the region. He said it has always been his endeavour to bring the people of the two South Asian countries closer to each other, so that they could benefit from each other’s experiences. “It is reassuring that both sides are sitting together and talking to each other,’’ the Pakistan Prime Minister told the delegation.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/business/Economy/pakistan-to-follow-investorfriendly-policy-towards-india-nawaz/article4869499.ece

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ISI has infiltrated US thinktanks, Pak scholar says

Chidanand Rajghatta, TNN | Jun 30, 2013

WASHINGTON: A prominent anti-establishment scholar in Pakistan has caused a flutter in Washington by suggesting that the country's spy outfit Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) has infiltrated thinktanks in the US capital.

Ayesha Siddiqa, a political commentator and former bureaucrat, whose expose of Pakistan's military-intelligence's stranglehold on the country was chronicled in her book 'Military Inc', shocked regional experts with a tweet on Thursday, relating how a Pakistani diplomat had confided to an American six years ago that the ISI had set up funds to infiltrate DC (Washington) thinktanks and ''finally did it.''

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/ISI-has-infiltrated-US-thinktanks-Pak-scholar-says/articleshow/20839101.cms

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Altaf withdraws resignation, in another U-turn

 Jul 1, 2013

LONDON: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain who earlier on Sunday resigned from party leadership and handed authority to the Rabita Committee, retracted his resignation.

“I may not be the chief in the eyes of Britain, but I am the chief in the eyes of party workers,” Altaf said while addressing party workers from London. He had earlier announced that he was voluntarily stepping down as the party chief following a raid at his UK house by the London Metropolitan Police in which several items were seized. The MQM chief said that despite requests to the police, he had not been provided with a list of the seized items.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\07\01\story_1-7-2013_pg1_5

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‘Pashtun nationalists may suffer at the hands of PTI’

By Iqbal Khattak

 Jul 1, 2013

PESHAWAR: A nationalist leader has said Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s victory in May 11 elections in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa may have been a setback to people politicking in the name of nationalism, an indirect reference to the drubbing Awami National Party experienced after ruling the province for the last five years.

“PTI victory is no setback to nationalist politics in the province. If at all, it is a setback to those politicking in the name of nationalism,” Pashtun nationalist and leader of Mazdoor Kissan Party, Kamil Bangash, told Daily Times in an interview.

Imran Khan’s PTI emerged as the single largest party in KP mainly denting the ANP hopes for returning to the assembly with same strength to continue its rule over the province where militancy-linked violence caused colossal losses.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\07\01\story_1-7-2013_pg7_7

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Four terrorists killed in 1,382 encounters: report

 Jul 1, 2013

KARACHI: Four terrorists, 76 bandits and 19 kidnappers were killed in 1,382 police encounters in Sindh from January 1 to June 27, 2013, said a report. According to a report sent to IGP Sindh Shahid Baloch, it was mentioned that during the aforementioned period, overall 24,385 accused were arrested including 2,213 proclaimed offenders, 15,138 absconders, 73 kidnappers, 66 terrorists and 5,699 dacoits. In these actions 524 gangs were busted. Sindh Police, in these raids, recovered 1458-kg explosives, three rockets/ rocket launchers, 204 hand grenades, 55 bombs, five suicide jackets, 4403 pistols/ revolvers, 139 rifles, 194 SMG/ AK-47, six MP-5, two LMGs, one anti-aircraft gun, two G-3 rifles and 415 shotguns/ repeaters. Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\07\01\story_1-7-2013_pg12_3

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Death toll in Pakistan attacks climbs to 52

1 July 2013

ISLAMABAD: Police officials say the death toll from several weekend bombings in Pakistan has climbed to 52 after three victims died overnight from their wounds.

Senior police officer Fayaz Sumbal said two people wounded in an attack on a Shiite Muslim mosque in the southwestern city of Quetta Sunday died Monday, raising the death toll from that incident to 30.

The militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, which has carried out many attacks against Shiites in recent years, claimed responsibility.

In the northwestern city of Peshawar, police officer Abid Khan said one person wounded in an attack on a paramilitary convoy Sunday died in the hospital, raising that death toll to 18.

In the third Sunday incident, four Pakistani soldiers died when a roadside bomb hit their convoy.

http://www.arabnews.com/news/456730

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Two policemen killed in Peshawar attack

ZAHIR SHAH SHERAZI

 Jul 1, 2013

PESHAWAR: Two policemen were killed in a militant attack on a security check post on the main Ring Road on Peshawar’s outskirts.

The police control confirmed to Dawn.com that unknown motorcyclists opened indiscriminate fire on a security check post near Abbas Terminal in Pishtakhara, killing two police personnel on duty.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1022020/two-policemen-killed-in-peshawar-attack

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Police names three TTP suspects in Peshawar attack

 Jul 1, 2013

PESHAWAR: Three commanders of the banned Tehrik-Taliban Pakistan were on Monday named responsible for yesterday’s car bomb attack on a convoy of the Frontier Corps in Badhber on Peshawar’s outskirts.

The case pertaining to the attack was registered in the Badhber police station. Police said Jangrez, Ghufran and Aurangzeb, all associated with the TTP, were found responsible for the attack as initial investigations into the incident went underway, adding that all three of them were said to hail from Darra Adamkhel.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1021998/police-names-three-ttp-suspects-in-peshawar-attack

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Four volunteers, three soldiers killed in blasts

 Jul 1, 2013

WANA/MIRAMSHAH: A “mysterious” explosion near Wana killed four volunteers of an Amn Lashkar (peace committee) and wounded 15 others and a bomb blast claimed the lives of four soldiers and left 12 injured in Miramshah on Sunday.

Officials said volunteers of the Lashkar, formed to restore peace in the area by clearing it of Taliban militants, were chasing a group of suspects in the Tiarza area after a rocket attack on Wana when explosives placed along the road went off and hit their vehicle.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1021878/four-volunteers-three-soldiers-killed-in-blasts

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Pakistani intruder killed in IED blast during infiltration bid in Poonch

PTI | Jul 1, 2013

JAMMU: An alleged Pakistani intruder was on Monday killed when an IED he was carrying exploded during an encounter with security forces along the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir.

There was a movement of an intruder from across the LoC in Sabzian forward area in Poonch district around 0430 hours, a defence spokesman said here.

The troops opened fire on the intruder as he was approaching a forward Indian post (Nallah), he said.

Due to firing, the IED being carried by the intruder exploded, killing him on the spot, the spokesman said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistani-intruder-killed-in-IED-blast-during-infiltration-bid-in-Poonch/articleshow/20859285.cms

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Southeast Asia

 

Dy PM of Malaysia defends religion conversion bill for children

JULY 01, 2013

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has come out in defence of the controversial bill which allows for the conversion of minors by one parent.

He said the move was in accordance with existing laws.

However, Muhyiddin said the government is aware of the complaints raised by Barisan Nasional component parties and non-governmental organisations.

"The government is aware and is taking into account all the views. We are looking into the matter,” he told reporters in the Parliament lobby today.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/muhyiddin-defends-religion-conversion-bill-for-children/

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Indonesia And The Arms Trade Treaty

 June 27 2013

It is quite an ambitious goal of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to transform the global arms trade into a more accountable, open and transparent mechanism.   

Although negotiations in the UN started since 1990s, and the following wave of views and recommendations were submitted to the General Assembly from 2006 to 2009, though a number of countries are still reluctant to accept the treaty for several issues.

Despite the different reasons, the objection is principally centered on the obligation of arms exporting states to assess the eligibility of arms importing states in terms of human rights protection, not to mention one-sided and unilateral ways.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/06/27/indonesia-and-arms-trade-treaty.html

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"Mahdavism in Religions" Seminar held in Indonesia

   Jul 1, 2013

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - On the occasion of birth anniversary of Imam Mahdi (A) a seminar entitled "Mahdavism in Religions" held in Jakarta University, Indonesia.

According to the public relations office of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization (ICRO), Iranian cultural office in Indonesia with the cooperation of Jakarta University and Iran Islamic Azad University held a seminar titled "Mahdavism in Religions" at Sharif Islamic university in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=435268

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North America

 

'NSA bugs EU embassies, infiltrates their computer networks'

Jun 30 2013

BERLIN : The US intelligence service National Security Agency (NSA) had bugged the EU embassies in Washington and in New York as well as its offices in Brussels and infiltrated their internal computer networks, a German weekly news magazine has said.

"Documents from September, 2010 classified as 'top secret' by the NSA, which were leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, revealed how the agency planted bugs at the EU offices in Washington and in New York and gained access to their internal computer networks.

"This enabled the NSA not only to snoop into the conversations at the EU missions, but also to monitor the emails and internal documents on their computers," the news

weekly, Der Spiegel, said in its latest edition.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/-nsa-bugs-eu-embassies-infiltrates-their-computer-networks-/1135762/

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Dearborn’s changing garage regulations worry hangout-loving Arabs

July 01, 2013

By Jeff Karoub

DEARBORN, Michigan: As early summer days in Dearborn draw to a close, the large Arab community slides doors open, inviting fresh air and neighbors into side-by-side garages. More patio than parking place or storage for power tools, Mariam Khalaf said her garage on Orchard Street is primarily for “chilling purposes” – including smoking, eating and watching TV with family and friends, including next-door neighbors, Muheeb Nabulsy and his wife, Fatima Mkkawi.

Full report at:

http://dailystar.com.lb/News/International/2013/Jul-01/222104-dearborns-changing-garage-regulations-worry-hangout-loving-arabs.ashx#ixzz0Vdf6QRGM

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Muslims gather in Hillsborough, discuss faith's effect on youth

By Kenneth Knight | Tribune Staff

 June 29, 2013

TAMPA - Muslims from throughout the Southeast gathered here Saturday to discuss, among other topics, challenges and opportunities faced by young Americans of Islamic faith.

The conference, the second such meeting in the past two years, was sponsored by the Islamic Society of North America and took place at the Sheraton Tampa East Hotel in eastern Hillsborough County.

A segment of the proceedings focused on self-perceptions of Muslim children and teens.

"This program was important to strengthen their identity and make them proud of who they are," said Hassan Shibly, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Florida.

Full report at:

http://tbo.com/news/breaking-news/all/muslims-gather-in-hillsborough-discuss-faiths-effect-on-youth-20130629/

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Kerry says progress made in peace talks

AP | Jun 30, 2013

TEL AVIV (Israel): US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday wrapped up four days of shuttle diplomacy on a positive note, saying he had considerably narrowed the gaps between Israel and the Palestinians and that the resumption of negotiations could be "within reach."

Kerry delivered the assessment after a final, frantic day of diplomacy that included a late-night meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a last-minute meeting in the West Bank with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Kerry-says-progress-made-in-peace-talks/articleshow/20845841.cms

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Mideast

 

Abbas less upbeat than Kerry over Mideast peace deal

Hugh Naylor

Jul 1, 2013

RAMALLAH // Palestinians yesterday distanced themselves from the claims of progress expressed by John Kerry over his dogged attempts to revive the Middle East peace process.

The US secretary of state yesterday left Israel after four days in the region spent shuttling between Israeli and Palestinian leaders, attempting to persuade them to return to the negotiating table.

Just before flying to Asia, Mr Kerry repeatedly said that "progress" had been made during multiple, marathon discussions held with Mahmoud Abbas, president of the Palestinian Authority, and Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister.

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/abbas-less-upbeat-than-kerry-over-mideast-peace-deal#ixzz0VdvBtGL1

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Iran: Visual translation of Quranic verses to be displayed at Quran fair

   Jul 1, 2013

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Mehdi Badri said the collection is composed of 45 oil paintings showing the meanings of Quranic verses in pictures.

All the pictures show Quranic examples of various sins like hypocrisy, lying, backbiting and swindling, as well as virtues like charity.

Moreover, over 40 religious software programs are represented in the section. The presented programs have won various awards at Quranic festivals.

The 21st International Quran Exhibition will begin on Friday in the presence of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at Tehran's Grand Imam Khomeini Prayer Ground and will run for a month, mostly during Ramadan.

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=435446

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Deafening silence in Gaza Strip underground tunnels

  Jul 1, 2013

RAMALLAH —  Work in 95 percent of underground tunnels along the Salah Eddin route on the border between Gaza Strip and Egypt has stopped due to Egyptian security measures, a report said on Sunday.

The official Hamas website quoted eyewitness from Gaza Strip as saying that smuggling of fuel, food and construction material has stopped in recent days.

“The noise of power generators, pulling machines, trucks, and workers’ shouts are missing these days,” they said. The tunnels serve as the major lifeline for the Gaza Strip’s 1.7 million people

The report added that the work in the tunnels stopped due to strict security measures that the Egyptian authorities are carrying out along the border with Gaza Strip. The report said Egypt has unprecedentedly deployed large forces in the area.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130701171905

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U.S. spokesperson Resistance of Iran: Stop appeasing Iranian mullahs

By Ryan Mauro

 Jul 1, 2013

Ali Safavi is the U.S. spokesperson for the National Council of the Resistance of Iran, which describes itself as “a broad-based coalition of Iranian opposition personalities and groups committed to a democratic, secular and non-nuclear republic in Iran.”

The following is Clarion Project National Security Analyst Ryan Mauro’s interview with Ali Safavi:

Ryan Mauro: As a practicing Muslim, why do you feel compelled to fight against the Iranian regime?

Ali Safavi: First, our struggle is to end the religious dictatorship and establish freedom and democracy in Iran.  The current regime in Iran is the brainchild of a diehard clique of fundamentalists who hijacked the popular anti-monarchic revolution in 1979.

Full report at:

http://www.iranfocus.com/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=27867:ali-safavi-stop-appeasing-iranian-mullahs&catid=33:iran-in-the-world-press&Itemid=32

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Australia

 

Australia's first Muslim frontbencher sworn in

 July 01, 2013

The dumping of Australia's first woman prime minister Julia Gillard has paved the way for another milestone for the nation's Parliament - its first frontbencher of the Muslim faith, sworn in on Monday.

Ed Husic, whose mother and father are Bosnian migrants, was sworn in as parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd who retook the leadership last week. 

 "This is a wonderful day for multiculturalism, and everything it stands for in our country," governor-general Quentin Bryce told Husic during the swearing-in ceremony in Canberra.

"I wish you all the best as you serve our country as parliamentary secretary."

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/australia/Australia-s-first-Muslim-frontbencher-sworn-in/Article1-1085249.aspx

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