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Muslim Teens Allegedly Beaten By NYPD; Claims Made That Hijabs Ripped Off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: The army has encouraged vigilante groups to help fight Boko Haram

 

 

 

 

 

 

North America

Muslim Teens Allegedly Beaten By NYPD; Claims Made That Hijabs Ripped Off

Obama surprised top aides with last minute change of heart on Syria

FBI increases surveillance of Syrians in US: Report

100 anti-war Protesters face off on Syria outside White House

Difference aside, Iraq war haunts Obama on Syria

 

Africa

Boko Haram kills 44 people in Nigeria

Kenya Lists Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab as Organized Crime Gang

Libya urged to clamp down on arms smuggling

We will not hand over Saif: Zintan

Horn of Africa Group Denounces Mistreatment of Women in Sudan, Calls for Legal Reform

 

Mideast

Turkish political party suggests formation of ‘Islamic NATO’

Yemen's prime minister escapes unhurt after gunmen shoot at motorcade: Aide

Israel gives Palestinian family 18 months to leave home

Netanyahu: Israel is ready for every possible scenario on Syria

Israel punishes 8 Palestinians over hunger strike

Cemevi, mosque to be built side by side in Turkey's Ankara funded by Gülen movement

 

Arab World

Grand Mufti: Scholarship students, Saudi Arabia needs you...

Assad: U.S. threat will not change Syria's principles, or halt its fight against 'terrorism'

Clashes as Iran exiles claims 44 dead in Iraq raid

Syrian state-run daily calls Obama move a retreat

Egypt’s al-Azhar against U.S. strikes on Syria

NGO: more than 110,000 dead in Syria conflict

‘Disappointed’ Syrian opposition thinks U.S. congress will OK strike

 

Pakistan

Firefight in Mand: Frontier Corps repels attack, kill 7 militants

IED blast in N Waziristan kills nine Army soldiers: ISPR

Pakistan Taliban deny secret peace talks with government

Agra-born Mamnoon Hussain to be sworn in as Pak president on Sept 9

Five dead in attacks on clinics in Karachi

Poll rigging: Tehreek-e-Insaf wants dismembered body to speak up

Six-week ordeal ends: Police rescue kidnapped Palestinian student

 

India

Jinnah tapes to be handed over to Pakistan

Gujarat riots unfortunate, unfair to blame Modi, BJP President says

False terror cases destroying families, Muslims say

India to back UN on action against Syria: Salman Khurshid

SIT turned a blind eye to hate speech, conspiracy: Zakia

Kashmir issue: Omar wants India, Pak to hold PM-level talks

‘Suleiman Sait Cultural Center set to study Indian Minority issues’

 

South Asia

“Democracy cap” too big for the Maldives, says President Waheed

Bangladesh: Jamaat-e-Islami man held for killing cop

Bomb kills eight Afghan mining firm workers

Former President Nasheed performs live techno-rap debut at campaign concert

PM violating electoral rules: Fakhrul

 

Southeast Asia

Bangladeshis among 71 illegal migrants arrested in Malaysia

Indonesia, Pakistan Ink Free Trade Agreement after 10 Years

Ministry has pulled out controversial painting "I for Idiot" exhibition to continue

 

Europe

UN: Idea of attacking Syria now 'grotesque'

France will not act alone in Syria, PM to meet parliament heads

Chemical weapons: Syria UN inspectors say analysis may take up to 3 weeks

Attacks killed 800 Iraqis in August: UN

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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North America

 

Muslim Teens Allegedly Beaten By NYPD; Claims Made That Hijabs Ripped Off

 September 01, 2013

A disturbing story emerged out of the Bronx on Thursday. Two Muslim sisters, Lamis Chapman and Khalia Wilson, aged 12 and 14 respectively, told the New York Daily News that they were thrown to the ground, put in chokeholds, and had their Hijabs violently torn off by members of the NYPD, for a reason that remains unclear.

Chapman and Wilson said they were playing handball around 9:30 pm in the park near their home in the Lester Patterson Houses in Mott Haven, the Bronx, when police approached them and asked them to leave, as the park was closed.

The girls recounted that the cops followed them out of the park, and one grabbed Wilson from behind, putting her in a chokehold and wrestling her to the ground. "They said they asked for ID. I didn't hear them," reported Wilson. When her sister protested, she was also thrown to the ground, and both sisters' headscarves were ripped off.

"I kept saying, 'I'm 14! What are you doing? We're not bad kids,'" explained Wilson.

When their 15-year-old brother, Shytike Wilson, saw the police assaulting his younger sisters from a window, he ran to their aid. "I asked them why my sisters were in handcuffs," he said, when the police, "charged me, picked me up, and slammed me on the floor."

An 18-year-old college student, Jonathan Harris, became involved when he heard the girls screaming and ran to the park to help. He told the cops to leave the teens alone and took out his cell phone to record the incident, but was also subjected to police abuse.

According to Harris, the officer told him, "Come here, you little moth erf--er. You like recording?" He says he tried to run away, but was caught and thrown to the ground, getting pepper-sprayed and punched in the face during the struggle.

A police source painted a wholly different picture, reports the New York Daily News. "The officers told the kids to leave (the park) when they began acting disorderly," said the source, who added that the police were escorting the teens out of the park when Harris grabbed one of the girls away from the cops.

Harris was charged with "disorderly conduct and obstructing governmental function," and the police reported that two officers were hospitalized with "scrapes, bruises, and sprains." The NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau is reportedly looking into the incident.

The incident comes in the wake of a stream of bad publicity for the NYPD, as they face criticism for controversial stop-and-frisk policies and widespread surveillance of Muslims in their religious communities.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/31/muslim-teens-beaten-nypd-bronx_n_3844021.html

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Obama surprised top aides with last minute change of heart on Syria

1 September 2013

US President Barack Obama reportedly surprised his closest advisers with a last minute change of heart when he decided to turn to Congress to authorize a strike on Syria, Bloomberg reported on Sunday.

On Saturday, Obama addressed the nation, saying he has decided to go ahead with plans of a "limited and tailored" strike on Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces, as punishment for their use of chemical weapons which resulted in the deaths of over 1,400 people. Before doing so, however, the president will seek the approval of Congress for such a move.

“I have decided that the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets,” he said, speaking from the White House, adding a second decision: “I will seek authorization for the use of force from American representatives in Congress.

“Some things are more important than partisan differences,” Obama said. “Now is the time to show the world that America keeps its commitments.”

Under the War Powers Act, American presidents can and have used military force without congressional approval. Presidents Reagan, H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton all ordered military operations without an authorization of the use of force from Congress. But Obama told reporters in the Rose Garden on Saturday that his decision to seek approval was a demonstration of democracy to the rest of the world.

The decision to seek authorization from Congress was Obama's alone. The four congressional leaders did not ask him to do so, nor did any of his national security advisers recommend it, Bloomberg cited two administration officials as saying.

The shift in the US president's position was influenced by US Army Chief of Staff General Martin Dempsey's assessment that a strike was not time-sensitive, and by British Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to bring the decision on Britain's involvement to a vote in parliament, which he lost.

According to the administration sources, the president saw several benefits in the move: bolstering the credibility of any US action, giving the American citizens more information, making Congress more accountable, insulating him from political criticism and furthering his goal of moving the United States away from a permanent state of war, Bloomberg reported.

The president does not rule out ordering a strike on his own, even if Congress votes against it, according to Bloomberg. Obama is not ceding executive power, and believes he has the legal authority to order a strike.

Michael Wilner contributed to this report.

http://www.jpost.com/International/Obama-surprised-top-aides-with-last-minute-change-of-heart-on-Syria-324911

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FBI increases surveillance of Syrians in US: Report

AFP | Sep 1, 2013

WASHINGTON: The FBI has beefed up its surveillance of Syrians living in the United States ahead of a possible US military attack on Syria, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

The domestic intelligence agency and the Department of Homeland Security have also alerted federal agencies and private firms that any US strike could trigger cyberattacks, according to the report.

Hackers who claim to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, and collectively known as the Syrian Electronic Army, have made several disruptions in recent months on American companies, including the Times.

The newspaper said FBI agents are set to interview hundreds of Syrians in the coming days.

US officials are especially concerned because Syria's close ally Iran has warned that any military action on Syria would leave Israel in flames.

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have issued a classified bulletin alerting federal, state and local law enforcement officials of potential threats caused by the Syrian conflict, the Times said.

It said senior FBI officials have also directed the bureau's field offices to follow up with sources linked to Syrians as part of an effort to identify any talk of a retaliatory strike. And Syrians currently under investigation will be placed under closer scrutiny.

"They're not starting from scratch - the field offices know what they have in terms of sources and investigations, but this is a directive for them to redouble their efforts and check their traps," a senior US official told the Times.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/FBI-increases-surveillance-of-Syrians-in-US-Report/articleshow/22202286.cms

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100 anti-war Protesters face off on Syria outside White House

AFP | Sep 1, 2013,

WASHINGTON: About 100 anti-war protesters and some 50 supporters of the Syrian opposition faced off outside the White House on Saturday as President Barack Obama weighed a strike against the Damascus regime.

Police on horseback intervened to separate the two groups who for several minutes appeared on the verge of coming to blows.

"The situation in Syria is very complicated, and dropping bombs on that situation is not going to solve anything," said Lacy MacAuley wearing a "Hands off Syria" headband.

"It's not going to make the Assad regime stop, it's not going to make the Free Syrian Army stop," added the 34-year-old.

"We have too many wars right now," said Andrew Jones, a 24-year-old student in a nod to Afghanistan.

"It's not our job," he added. "They're their own country, they're a sovereign nation and they don't want us. Plus, both sides are terrible, we have no need to get in there."

For Yahya Abo, a 26-year-old dual Syrian and US citizen, a strike on Syria would lead to "a big war, like third world war" that would destabilize the Middle East.

The roughly 50 backers of the Syrian opposition meanwhile shouted slogans against President Bashar al-Assad, with one holding up a sign that compared him to Adolf Hitler.

If Obama intervened in Syria, "every day he would save at least 10,000 lives", said 50-year-old Bassem Sahyouni.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Protesters-face-off-on-Syria-outside-White-House/articleshow/22193577.cms

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Difference aside, Iraq war haunts Obama on Syria

AP | Sep 1, 2013

WASHINGTON: The painful legacy of the Iraq war has complicated President Barack Obama's efforts to muster support for military action against Syria.

As a senator, Obama opposed the Iraq war, and as president, he brought it to a close. But that war's end did not erase memories of the false premise on which President George W Bush built a case for the US-led bombing campaign and ground invasion.

Ten years ago, Bush urged the American public, the Congress and the international community to believe intelligence assessments that Saddam Hussein's government possessed weapons of mass destruction - a claim later proved wrong.

Now Obama is holding Syrian President Bashar Assad responsible for a reported chemical weapons attack and saying that justifies military action against his the Damascus government. But there are doubts about whether the evidence is convincing.

"The well of public opinion was well and truly poisoned by the Iraq episode and we need to understand the public skepticism," British prime minister David Cameron said during Parliament's debate that led to a stunning and unexpected refusal to endorse military action against Syria.

Cameron and Obama argue that Iraq and Syria are vastly different in both the evidence in hand and the consequences.

Iraq did not possess weapons of mass destruction. In Syria, there is little doubt that civilians were killed by chemical weapons. The question is whether the United States can pin the blame beyond doubt on Assad's government.

"I recognize that all of us - here in the United States, in Great Britain, in many parts of the world - there is a certain weariness given Afghanistan, there's a certain suspicion of any military action post-Iraq," Obama said Friday.

Supporters of Assad's rule, including Russia, have been quick to point to that history in objecting to any retaliatory strikes against Syria.

"All this is reminiscent of events from a decade ago, when the United States bypassed the UN and used fallacious information on the presence in Iraq of weapons of mass destruction to launch an adventure, the consequences of which are known to all," said Russian foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich.

In a declassified intelligence assessment released on Friday, the Obama administration held Assad's government responsible for a chemical weapons attack August 21 on the Damascus suburbs. The assessment said 1,429 people were killed, including at least 426 children.

It cited both human and technological intelligence to conclude that the Syrian government was undertaking activities to deploy chemical weapons three days before the attack. The report cited intercepted communications in which a senior Syrian official, who was not identified, confirmed the use of chemical weapons that day and voiced concern that United Nations inspectors would obtain the evidence.

The report gave the information a rating of "high confidence," the strongest short of actual confirmation.

But the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an organization that monitors casualties in the country, said it has confirmed 502 deaths, nearly 1,000 fewer than the American intelligence assessment claimed.

Rami Abdel-Rahman, the head of the organization, said he was not contacted by US officials about his efforts to collect information about the death toll.

"America works only with one part of the opposition that is deep in propaganda," he said, and urged the Obama administration to release the information its estimate is based on.

As US officials assembled and double-checked the data, Iraq was not far from their thoughts.

"Our intelligence community has carefully reviewed and re-reviewed information regarding this attack," Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday. "And I will tell you it has done so more than mindful of the Iraq experience. We will not repeat that moment."

White House deputy national security adviser Benjamin Rhodes said that for all the focus on comparing judgments in Iraq and Syria over weapons of mass destruction, "the scale of what has been contemplated has been lost as against Iraq.

"You see this rush to compare," Rhodes said, "and what's interesting is that there is no outcome in which things look anything like Iraq."

But even without the intelligence failures preceding the Iraq war, there is an Iraq and Afghanistan war fatigue that has settled over the country that also poses challenges for Obama.

An NBC poll had found that nearly 8 in 10 Americans want Obama to obtain congressional approval before using force in Syria. That said, the public is more favorably disposed to a limited cruise missile launch than some other type of intervention, with 50 percent favoring that kind of action and 44 opposing it.

Michael O'Hanlon, a national security analyst at The Brookings Institution, said that for all the contrasts with the 2003 Iraq invasion, the more apt comparison in Syria is with missile strikes ordered against Iraq by President Bill Clinton, including strikes in 1998 to punish Saddam for not complying with UN chemical weapons inspections.

"I'm surprised this administration doesn't make that analogy," O'Hanlon said. "This operation is going to be limited. It's going to be small scale or medium scale and it's going to be over as soon as it's begun practically."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Difference-aside-Iraq-war-haunts-Obama-on-Syria/articleshow/22203800.cms

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Africa

 

Boko Haram kills 44 people in Nigeria

1 September 2013

At least 44 people were killed by Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram in North-eastern Nigeria, local security officials said late on Saturday.

The insurgents ambushed and killed 24 members of the civilian Joint Task Force in Monguno, a town in Borno State, on Friday.

The JTF has been set up to assist Nigeria’s military in the fight against the terrorist group.

An additional 36 JTF members were missing after the attack, according to local residents.

The insurgents then moved to the nearby towns of Damboa and Nganza, where they reportedly killed another 20 civilians.

Borno is one of three northern states that the government placed under emergency regulations in May to curb attacks by Boko Haram.

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is sinful”, has been active in the Muslim North of the West African country, regularly carrying out attacks aimed primarily at Christians.

Since 2009, about 1,500 people have been killed in the violence.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/boko-haram-kills-44-people-in-nigeria/article5082523.ece

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Kenya Lists Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab As Organized Crime Gang

 September 01, 2013

Kenya has listed the Somali Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab as one of the 46 groups engaged in organized crime in the East African country.

In a report launched in Nairobi on Friday, Kenyan Attorney General Githui Muigai described terrorism as a new form of organized crime in the country.

"Organized criminal gangs are evolving in Kenya in unprecedented ways. The increasing incidents of the terror they unleash among citizens where lives are lost, property destroyed and injuries inflicted is very worrisome," Muigai said during the launch of the report by the National Crime Research Center (NCRC) on Organized Criminal Gangs in Kenya.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201308310553.html

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Libya urged to clamp down on arms smuggling

Ashraf Abdul-Wahab

1 September 2013

TRIPOLI – Egypt’s interim prime minister Hazem El-Beblawi, has called on Libya to step up efforts to prevent cross-border arms smuggling. In a meeting on Thursday with Libya’s ambassador in Cairo, Mohammed Fayez Jibril, Beblawi said there had to be an increased military presence on the border, according to the Egyptian newspaper Al Masry Al Youm.

There have been a number of seizures of arms in Egypt, purportedly from Libya and said to be mainly destined either to rebel tribesmen in Sinai or across into Gaza.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130901178927

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We will not hand over Saif: Zintan

1 September 2013

TRIPOLI – Zintan will most definitely not hand over Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi to be tried by the legal authorities in Tripoli, the Libya Herald has been told.

“It is impossible to hand him over to Tripoli”, said a senior Zintani local official today under conditions of anonymity. “And you can put three red lines under the word ‘impossible’,” he added.  The reason, he said, was because “Tripoli is under the control of outlaws”.

He was believed to be referring to the alleged dominance of the Justice and Construction Party and the Muslim Brotherhood over the government and Congress and the large presence in the city of military units from Misrata and elsewhere.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130901178929

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Horn of Africa Group Denounces Mistreatment of Women in Sudan, Calls for Legal Reform

1 SEPTEMBER 2013

On August 27th 2013 while at the Jabal Awalia locality West of Greater Khartoum undertaking some work on land registration, Amira Osman was approached by a police officer who demanded that she covers her hair. When she ignored him, he persisted to which Amira openly refused. As a result, she was physically assaulted, forced to sit on the floor, verbally abused and later dragged out of the government office to the police station, where they attempted to pressurize her to undergo a summary trail, Amira refused however, and insisted on having a lawyer present. She was held in detention for four hours before being released on bail. On 1st September 2013, Amira is due for trail under article 152 of the 1991 Penal Code on indecent dress code. Should she be found guilty, she could be sentenced to flogging and paying a fine or receiving a prison sentence that could go beyond one year.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201309010235.html?viewall=1

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Mideast

 

Turkish political party suggests formation of ‘Islamic NATO’

1 September 2013

The leader of Turkey’s Felicity Party (SP), Mustafa Kamalak, has suggested that Muslim countries unite to establish an “Islamic NATO” in the wake of recent atrocities in the Middle Eastern region.

Lending support to deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, Kamalak said: “We are with Morsi with all our hearts. But this is not enough. There should be an Islamic union. To end atrocities, Muslims should gather to form an Islamic NATO.”

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-political-party-suggests-formation-of-islamic-nato.aspx?pageID=238&nID=53611&NewsCatID=338

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Yemen's prime minister escapes unhurt after gunmen shoot at motorcade: Aide

Reuters | Sep 1, 2013

SANAA: Unidentified assailants opened fire on the motorcade of Yemen's prime minister on Saturday, an official said, in an apparent assassination attempt that underscored the volatility of the US-allied Arab country.

Ali al-Sarari, an adviser to Prime Minister Mohammed Salem Basindwa, said no one was hurt in the attack which happened in the evening in Sanaa while the premier was returning home from his office.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Yemens-prime-minister-escapes-unhurt-after-gunmen-shoot-at-motorcade-Aide/articleshow/22196412.cms

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Israel gives Palestinian family 18 months to leave home

1 September 2013

RAMALLAH – The Israeli High Court of Justice gave a Palestinian family eighteen months to evacuate their home in occupied Jerusalem after a legal battle, a Palestinian official said on Friday.

Ahmed al-Rowaidhi, the chief of Al-Quds Unit at the Palestinian Presidency, said that the Israeli court rejected the family’s petition to stay in the residence in the East Jerusalem’s neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah until the elderly Shamasneh’s, who say they have lived there since 1964, were deceased. He added the court ordered the family to find a new residence in the city within the 18 months.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130901178922

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Netanyahu: Israel is ready for every possible scenario on Syria

1 September 2013

Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that his country was prepared for “every possible scenario” that could happen in adjacent Syria after U.S President Barack Obama delayed military action.

“Israel is calm and sure of itself, the citizens of Israel know that we are prepared for every possible scenario,” he told ministers at a cabinet meeting, in remarks broadcast on public radio, according to Reuters.

Full report at:

 http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/01/Israeli-army-on-high-alert-over-Syria-despite-postponed-U-S-strike-.html

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Israel punishes 8 Palestinians over hunger strike

 September 01, 2013

RAMALLAH – The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees and Ex-detainees on Saturday said that the Israeli Prison Service (IPS) transferred eight Palestinian prisoners to solitary confinement for participating in a hunger strike in solidarity with their comrade.

Karim Ajweh, the ministry’s lawyer, said that the eight prisoners were transferred from the Ishel prison to solitary confinement in section 12 in the Asqalan prison.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130901178921

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Cemevi, mosque to be built side by side in Turkey's Ankara funded by Gülen movement

1 September 2013

An Alevi cemevi, a Sunni mosque and a public soup kitchen will be constructed side by side next week in Ankara with financing from Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen’s movement, according to the chairman of the Cem Foundation, İzzettin Doğan.

Doğan said Gülen had proposed to him via a mutual friend to build a mosque and cemevi side by side in one garden, adding that they had responded positively to the proposal.

“Why shouldn’t we accept it? After all, in our perception of Islam, a space [for worshipping] is the heart of a person,” said Doğan, adding that the state’s perception of not accepting any other worship place other than a mosque was “without rhyme or reason.”

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/cemevi-mosque-to-be-built-side-by-side-in-turkeys-ankara-funded-by-gulen-movement.aspx?pageID=238&nID=53624&NewsCatID=341

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Arab World

 

Grand Mufti: Scholarship students, Saudi Arabia needs you...

1 September 2013

Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh has urged Saudi students, who have gone abroad for higher studies under the King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Program, to return home as soon as they can to take part in nation building.

“Studying abroad should not lull you into forgetting about your home country; the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is waiting for your return and your active contribution,” the mufti told nearly 200,000 Saudis who are currently studying in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and other countries.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/463197

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Assad says U.S. threat will not change Syria's principles, or halt its fight against 'terrorism'

September 01, 2013

BEIRUT: President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday Syria was capable of confronting any external attack after U.S. President Barack Obama said there should be a military strike on Syria.

"Syria ... is capable of confronting any external aggression," state television quoted Assad as saying at a meeting with Iranian officials.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Sep-01/229534-assad-says-us-threat-will-not-change-syrias-principles-or-halt-its-fight-against-terrorism-tv.ashx#ixzz2deL0IMhg

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Clashes as Iran exiles claims 44 dead in Iraq raid

September 01, 2013

BAGHDAD: Clashes and explosions were reported in a camp housing Iranian exiles northeast of Baghdad Sunday, but Iraqi officials denied allegations they killed 44 of the group's members in an offensive.

The People's Mujahedeen Organisation of Iran (PMOI), about 100 of whose members are living at Camp Ashraf in Diyala province near the Iranian border, also claimed security forces set fire to the group's property in the camp.

Local hospitals reported two Iraqi soldiers were killed and three were wounded, which officials attributed to angry camp residents attacking an army brigade responsible for the camp.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Sep-01/229514-blasts-reported-at-iran-exile-camp-in-iraq.ashx#ixzz2deKtxnL4

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Syrian state-run daily calls Obama move a retreat

September 01, 2013

A Syrian state-run newspaper says that President Barack Obama's decision to seek congressional approval before taking military action against Syria marks "the start of the historical American retreat".

In a front-page editorial on Sunday, the Al-Thawra daily says Obama's reluctance to carry out strikes against Syria stems from his "sense of implicit defeat and the disappearance of his allies".

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/northamerica/Syrian-state-run-daily-calls-Obama-move-a-retreat/Article1-1115881.aspx

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Egypt’s al-Azhar against U.S. strikes on Syria

1 September 2013

Al-Azhar in Cairo, Sunni Islam's highest authority, on Sunday declared its firm opposition to any U.S. strikes on Syria, saying this would amount to “an aggression against the Arab and Islamic nation.”

The institution in a statement “expressed its categorical rejection and condemnation of the decision by the American President (Barack Obama) to launch military strikes on Syria,” to punish President Bashar al-Assad's regime for an alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus last month that left hundreds dead.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/01/Egypt-s-top-Sunni-authority-says-against-U-S-strikes-on-Syria-.html

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NGO: more than 110,000 dead in Syria conflict

 1 September 2013

More than 110,000 people have died in the conflict in Syria since March 2011, a rights watchdog said Sunday, days after alleged gas attacks near Damascus shocked the world.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the toll since the beginning of the 29-month uprising now stands at 110,371 people, with at least 40,146 civilians killed including nearly 4,000 women and more than 5,800 children.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/01/NGO-more-than-110-000-dead-in-Syria-conflict-.html

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‘Disappointed’ Syrian opposition thinks U.S. congress will OK strike

 1 September 2013

Syria's main opposition bloc said Sunday it was disappointed with U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to seek approval from Congress for action against the regime, but said it believed lawmakers would OK a strike.

“We had a feeling of disappointment. We were expecting things to be quicker, that a strike would be imminent... But we believe Congress will approve a strike,” said Samir Nashar, a top official at the Syrian National Coalition.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/09/01/-Disappointed-Syria-opposition-thinks-U-S-congress-will-OK-strike-.html

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Pakistan

 

Firefight in Mand: Frontier Corps repels attack, kill 7 militants

September 1, 2013

QUETTA: The Frontier Corps (FC) on Saturday claimed it had killed seven militants and wounded 11 others in a firefight in Mand area, close to the Iranian border.

“The FC convoy came under militant attack in the Mand area. The FC retaliated, leaving seven dead and eleven injured, all militants involved in the attack,” an FC statement said.

The terse  official statement, however, did not give any detail as to where the corpses and injured persons were shifted. Hospital sources were also silent about the incident and offered no comment.

FC Inspector General Mohammad Ejaz Shahid appreciated the efforts of the FC personnel and advised them to remain alert in defending the security and integrity of the country, said the statement.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/598222/firefight-in-mand-frontier-corps-repels-attack-kill-7-militants/

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IED blast in N Waziristan kills nine Army soldiers: ISPR

2013-09-01

PESHAWAR: At least nine soldiers were killed and nine others wounded in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast in North Waziristan tribal region's Boya area on Sunday according to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) sources.

A convoy of military vehicles was travelling from Datakhel area to Miramshah area when it was struck by a remotely-detonated bomb planted on the roadside in Boya area of North Waziristan tribal region.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1039846/ied-blast-in-n-waziristan-kills-nine-army-soldiers-ispr

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Pakistan Taliban deny secret peace talks with government

 September 01, 2013

A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban on Saturday denied media reports that the government was holding peace talks with the insurgent group.

Pakistani private media and most Urdu and English language dailies on Saturday ran headlines reporting the start of peace talks with the Taliban

while some said there had been initial contacts with the militants

Shahidullah Shahid, main spokesman for the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) told AFP that no contacts had been made between the group and any government official.

"I categorically deny the holding of peace talks on any level between the Taliban and Pakistani government," Shahid told AFP from an undisclosed location.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Pakistan-Taliban-deny-secret-peace-talks-with-government/Article1-1115600.aspx

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Agra-born Mamnoon Hussain to be sworn in as Pak president on Sept 9

 September 01, 2013

Pakistan president-elect Mamnoon Hussain will be sworn in by chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary on September 9.

The oath taking ceremony, scheduled to be held at Aiwan-i-Sadr at 2.30pm, is to be attended by prime minister Nawaz Sharif, federal ministers, parliamentarians,

and foreign ambassadors, Online news agency reported.

He will replace president Asif Ali Zardari, who retires on September 8 following completion of his five-year term.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Agra-born-Mamnoon-Hussain-to-be-sworn-in-as-Pak-president-on-Sept-9/Article1-1115822.aspx

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Five dead in attacks on clinics in Karachi

IMRAN AYUB

2013-09-01

KARACHI: A homoeopath and four other people were killed when gunmen attacked two clinics in Landhi area of the city on Saturday night. Four people were injured.

In the first incident, at least four attackers sprayed a clinic in Shah Latif Town with bullets, killing four people and injuring two men and two women, police said.

Investigators found the incident to be the result of personal enmity. However, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement claimed that the clinic was owned by a member of one of its committees.

“The clinic is situated in Bhains Colony of Shah Latif Town,” Malir SP Ahmed Jamal said. “Initial investigations suggest that four to six armed men came on two motorcycles and entered the clinic. They fired on people inside the clinic and escaped.”

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1039763/five-dead-in-attacks-on-clinics-in-karachi

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Poll rigging: Tehreek-e-Insaf wants dismembered body to speak up

September 1, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) wants the parliamentary committee set up to probe complaints of rigging to at least share its recommendations to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) for improving the system.

“The parliamentary committee should give its recommendations to the ECP for the improvement of system so that such incidents do not take place in future,” said Asad Umer, PTI’s newly elected MNA from Islamabad.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/598216/poll-rigging-tehreek-e-insaf-wants-dismembered-body-to-speak-up/

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Six-week ordeal ends: Police rescue kidnapped Palestinian student

 September 1, 2013

HYDERABAD: Police claim to have rescued a Palestinian student of an engineering university who was kidnapped six weeks ago. “We’ve rescued Muhammad Jameel and arrested five suspects,” SSP Hyderabad Fida Hussain Mastoi told a news conference on Saturday.

Muhammad Jameel, a final year biotechnology student at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, was abducted by armed men on July 17 from Hyderabad Bypass. He was pillion-riding with his friend Yousuf Abudaka when they were abducted. Abudaka, however, managed to escape.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/598221/six-week-ordeal-ends-police-rescue-kidnapped-palestinian-student/

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India

 

Jinnah tapes to be handed over to Pakistan

PRASHANT JHA

 September 01, 2013

But, AIR says it does not have a recording of his famous August 11, 1947 address to Pakistan’s Constituent Assembly

India will hand over copies of two speech-recordings of Muhammad Ali Jinnah to Pakistan, but says it does not have a recording of his famous August 11, 1947 address to the country’s Constituent Assembly (CA).

The decision comes in response to a request by the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) and after a year-long battle by Right to Information activist Subhash Chandra Agrawal to access the recordings.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/jinnah-tapes-to-be-handed-over-to-pakistan/article5080006.ece

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Gujarat riots unfortunate, unfair to blame Modi, BJP President says

PTI | Sep 1, 2013

NEW DELHI: Terming the 2002 Gujarat riots as "unfortunate", BJP president Rajnath Singh on Sunday said it was unfair to blame state chief minister Narendra Modi for the incident and accused Congress and some other parties of dividing the country on religious lines.

"One of our states is Gujarat. I agree an unfortunate incident took place. Who does not agree that it was unfortunate. Attempts were made to blame Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi as if the riots were planned by the chief minister," Rajnath said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Gujarat-riots-unfortunate-unfair-to-blame-Narendra-Modi-for-them-Rajnath-Singh-says/articleshow/22204565.cms

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False terror cases destroying families, Muslims say

IANS | Sep 1, 2013

NEW DELHI: False terror cases against young Muslim boys was the main concern expressed by the minority community members who gathered here to take stock of the promises made by the UPA government.

"Muslim youth are charged with terrorism and are later acquitted. This destroys them and their families," said Mohd Shahid of Aligarh Muslim University.

He was speaking at a seminar on "UPA II and Muslim Expectations" organized by the Aligarh Movement magazine at the India Islamic Cultural Centre on Friday evening.

Agreeing that sometimes injustice is done due to the bureaucratic and police system inherited from the British, Congress leader Anees Durrani said either the youth who are framed in false terror cases or the community leaders should seek compensation from the government.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/False-terror-cases-destroying-families-Muslims-say/articleshow/22201452.cms

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India to back UN on action against Syria: Salman Khurshid

TNN | Sep 1, 2013

NEW DELHI: Even as the US mulls unilateral military strikes against Syria for alleged use of chemical weapons, India on Saturday expresses reservations suggesting it will not support any action against the Bashar Assad regime which is not authorized by the UN.

Foreign minister Salman Khurshid described the situation as very complicated as he said India will remain committed to any action by the UN.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-to-back-UN-on-action-against-Syria-Salman-Khurshid/articleshow/22197769.cms

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SIT turned a blind eye to hate speech, conspiracy: Zakia

DARSHAN DESAI

 September 01, 2013

Her lawyers quote from statements made by senior police officials before probe agency

The Special Investigation Team has just ignored crucial evidence before it though it had everything on record to prove a state-sponsored conspiracy in the 2002 Gujarat riots, reiterated Zakia Jafri, wife of the slain former Congress MP, Ahsan Jafri. Her arguments, in her protest petition against the Supreme Court-appointed SIT giving Chief Minister Narendra Modi a clean chit, concluded in the Ahmedabad metropolitan court on Friday.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/sit-turned-a-blind-eye-to-hate-speech-conspiracy-zakia/article5080160.ece

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Kashmir issue: Omar wants India, Pak to hold PM-level talks

 September 01, 2013

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday called for a Prime Minister-level summit between India and Pakistan saying it was crucial that the two countries resumed bilateral discussions.

“The leaders of the two countries should talk with the right... perspective to resolve the Kashmir issue once for all.

“We want to tell our children that the Kashmir issue no longer exists and peace and development have taken their permanent place in the state,” Mr. Omar said at a public meeting at Pattan in Baramulla district.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/kashmir-issue-omar-wants-india-pak-to-hold-pmlevel-talks/article5079612.ece

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‘Suleiman Sait Cultural Center set to study Indian Minority issues’

1 September 2013

JEDDAH – A center to carry out studies and researches about the issues facing Indian minorities and to arrive at some concrete solutions will be established in the city of Calicut in the southern state of Kerala.

This will be part of a huge cultural center named after the late world-renowned Indian Muslim leader and veteran parliamentarian Ebrahim Suleiman Sait, according to a senior official of the center.

Ahammad Devarkovil, chairman of the committee, which is establishing Ebrahim Suleiman Sait Cultural Center, said that the four-story building complex covering a total area of 4,000 sq. meters is estimated to cost 100 million Indian rupees (SR6 million).

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20130901178886

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South Asia

 

“Democracy cap” too big for the Maldives, says President Waheed

September 1, 2013

Presidential candidate for the Forward with the Nation Coalition, President Dr. Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik has said that the Maldives has been forced to wear the “democracy cap”, an oversized cap that is too big for the country.

Speaking at a campaign event in Haa Dhaalu Hanimaadhoo last night, President Waheed said that the current political system is suitable for developed countries and that being a developing country, the system is too challenging for the Maldives.

“The state of the Maldives is not the same as the U.S. It’s not the same as the U.K. But the cap that the Maldives has been forced to wear, the democracy cap, it is too big for us. In a situation like this, everyone cannot be tugging the cap from all sides. We have to make a collective effort to make it fit,” President Waheed said.

Full report at:

http://sun.mv/english/15613

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Bangladesh: Jamaat-e-Islami man held for killing cop

 September 01, 2013

An activist of Jamaat-e-Islami was arrested in Harinakundu upazila of Jhenidah district on Friday on charge of killing a policeman.

The arrestee is Rahaj Uddin, son of Jobed Ali of Chtakabaria village, reports our correspondent.

Police said Constable Omar Farooque was stabbed to death by Jamaat-Shibir men during mayhem at the upazila parishad complex in March this year.

Later, a murder case was filed in this connection, said Mahibul Islam, officer in-charge of Harinakundu police station.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/jamaat-man-held-for-killing-cop/

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Bomb kills eight Afghan mining firm workers

2013-09-01

KABUL: A provincial governor says a vehicle carrying employees of a private mining company has struck a roadside bomb in northern Afghanistan, killing eight.

Parwan province leader Abdul Basir Salangi says five people also were wounded Saturday in Bagram district. He says all of the victims were either laborers or security guards of the company working in a chromite mine.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1039837/bomb-kills-eight-afghan-mining-firm-workers

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Former President Nasheed performs live techno-rap debut at campaign concert

By Leah Malone | August 31st, 2013

Former president Mohamed Nasheed performed live at a Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) music concert on Thursday (August 31) as certain supporters donned t-shirts proclaiming their presidential candidate an ‘Eco rock star’ ahead of his techno-pop-rap debut.

The ‘Emmen Ehburun’ (‘Everyone one round’) music show (August 29) showcased some of the Maldives’ most popular artists and a variety of musical styles in an effort to galvanise voters to participate in the September 7 presidential election.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/former-president-nasheed-performs-live-techno-rap-debut-at-campaign-concert-63945

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PM violating electoral rules: Fakhrul

 September 01, 2013

The main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party Sunday alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina violated electoral rules by what it said “holding rallies at government expense”.

“From the rallies, she (PM) is asking people to vote her party to power, and it is a violation of the electoral rules,” said BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.

He was talking to reporters after paying tribute to BNP founder and former president Ziaur Rahman at his grave at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/pm-violating-electoral-code-of-conducts-fakhrul/

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Southeast Asia

 

Bangladeshis among 71 illegal migrants arrested in Malaysia

 September 01, 2013

In a nationwide crackdown on unwanted foreigners that began early Sunday, Malaysian authorities arrested 71 illegal immigrants, including Bangladeshis, reports UNB. 

The arrestees, 60 men and 11 women – mostly from Bangladesh, Indonesia, Myanmar and Nepal – were picked up in Bukit Raja, Klang and Dengkil for not having proper documents, possessing fake work permits or for overstay in the country. 

However, it is yet to be known how many Bangladeshis have been arrested during the drive. 

The operation – involving 150 officers from the Immigration Department, police, Armed Forces, Rela, Civil Defence and National Registration Department – marked the start of the largest nationwide crackdown on unwanted foreigners in the country, Malaysian media report.  

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2013/sep/01/bangladeshis-among-71-illegal-migrants-arrested-malaysia-0

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Indonesia, Pakistan Ink Free Trade Agreement After 10 Years

 September 01, 2013

Trade between Indonesia and Pakistan is set to accelerate after the governments of both countries finally signed a long-awaited free trade agreement, according to a senior Indonesian official.

“Today, a free trade agreement between Indonesia and Pakistan has been signed,” Deputy Trade Minister Bayu Khrisnamurthi said on Friday, adding the agreement will be fully implemented soon. “By Sept. 1, trade between Indonesia and Pakistan will be opened up,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/indonesia-pakistan-ink-free-trade-agreement-after-10-years/

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Ministry has pulled out controversial painting "I for Idiot" exhibition to continue

BY DIYANA IBRAHIM

AUGUST 31, 2013

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz today confirmed that his ministry had pulled out an artwork called "I for Idiot" which was said to insult Islam from an exhibition in Kuala Lumpur.

He revealed that the organisers had not shown all the paintings for the exhibition when they had come to the ministry to apply for the exhibition permit.

"We didn't know they were lying. When they came for a presentation, they did not show us that particular painting," he told reporters after launching the National Museum's 50th anniversary celebrations today.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/ministry-has-pulled-out-controversial-painting-but-exhibition-can-continue

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Europe

 

UN: Idea of attacking Syria now 'grotesque'

AP | Sep 1, 2013

UNITED NATIONS: Any notion that the departure of the UN chemical weapons inspection team from Syria on Saturday opens a window for a US attack is "grotesque", the top UN spokesman said.

UN spokesman Martin Nesirky spoke at a news conference shortly after secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon had met in New York with UN disarmament chief Angela Kane who had just returned from Damascus after days of tense negotiations with Syrian officials over a UN probe into an apparent poison gas attack on August 21 in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, a rebel stronghold.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/UN-Idea-of-attacking-Syria-now-grotesque/articleshow/22194215.cms

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France will not act alone in Syria, PM to meet parliament heads

Reuters | Sep 1, 2013

PARIS: French interior minister Manuel Valls said on Sunday France would not act alone in Syria but would await a decision by the US Congress on whether to launch an attack against the government of President Bashar al-Assad.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/France-will-not-act-alone-in-Syria-PM-to-meet-parliament-heads/articleshow/22204881.cms

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Chemical weapons: Syria UN inspectors say analysis may take up to 3 weeks

AFP | Sep 1, 2013

THE HAGUE: The analysis of samples taken by UN inspectors in Syria probing alleged use of chemical weapons could take "up to three weeks," the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Saturday.

"The evidence collected by the team will now undergo laboratory analysis and technical evaluation," said the group based in The Hague where the team arrived on Saturday. "These procedures may take up to three weeks for completion in a systematic, orderly and objective manner."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Chemical-weapons-Syria-UN-inspectors-say-analysis-may-take-up-to-3-weeks/articleshow/22196955.cms

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Attacks killed 800 Iraqis in August: UN

Reuters | Sep 1, 2013

BAGHDAD: About 800 Iraqis were killed in August, the United Nations said on Sunday, condemning a wave of violence in the country that has reached levels not seen since 2008.

Most of the 804 killed were civilians, targeted in shootings and bombings mainly claimed by the Iraqi wing of al Qaeda. More than 2,000 people were wounded, the UN figures showed.

The number of people who were killed last month was however lower than in July, when the U.N. reported that there were 1,057 victims, the highly monthly toll since 2008. Violence in Iraq was at its height in 2006-2007 when the number of people killed per month sometimes exceeded 3,000.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Attacks-killed-800-Iraqis-in-August-UN/articleshow/22206806.cms

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