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Neither Islam nor Hindutva under Threat If Practiced Truly: Madani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PAS is seeking to enforce Hudud in Kelantan, a move which an Islamic scholar says is possible through amending the Penal Code. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 11, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

India

Neither Islam nor Hindutva under Threat If Practiced Truly: Madani

Israel warns its citizens in India of possible al-Qaida terror attacks

India won’t back move for sanctions on South Sudan

TMC MP front man for Bangladesh Jamat-e-Islami, says CPI (M)

Indian School of Mines helps set up mining school in Kabul

 

Africa

Abducted Nigerian girls likely split up into smaller groups, officials say

Muslim world’s silence over Salafi-Wahabi outfit Boko Haram’s crimes against humanity

Ethnic Cleansing Continues against Muslims of CAR

Some of the abducted Chibok girls seen in Central Africa – Jeune Afrique

Nigeria refused help to search for kidnapped girls

South Sudan rebels accuse government of ceasefire violations

Saif al-Islam appears before Libya court

 

Pakistan

Mumtaz Qadri Mosque, Memorials to Pakistanis Misdeeds

Blast in Peshawar kills five, wounds 14

Pakistan Taliban chief makes last-ditch bid to assert authority

Fazlullah sacks top commander to stop tribal infighting

Attack on Levies check post kills two personnel in Khuzdar

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf announces demos across Sindh

JI won’t take part in ‘agitation against democracy’

Home work completed to introduce Arabic language: Sardar Yousaf

 

Arab World

Terrorists Kidnap, Kill 20 Iraqi Soldiers

Takfiri Bombing Kills 3, Injures 3 in Syria's Hama

Christians Cry Loud to Stop Terrorism in Syria

Senior Iraqi MP accuses Israel of arming ISIL rebels

Egypt to try 200 alleged jihadists for terrorism

100,000 civilians flee jihadist clashes in Syria

In Egypt, Kevin Spacey is social media favourite for president

Syria presidential campaign launches despite war

Egypt-Ethiopia dam dispute 'not a war': Egypt PM

Egypt's Sisi chooses stability over freedoms

Zionist Entity Closes Golan Zone Adjacent to Syria

Al-Nusrah Raises Fraud Allegations against Jarba

 

North America

‘Pilot Program’ Revealed: Washington Sends Missiles to Syria Terrorists

New York police reported to be recruiting Muslim informants

 

South Asia

Taliban suicide car bomber kills five in southern Afghanistan

Ex-rival's support boosts Abdullah in Afghan election

PM Sheikh Hasina for portraying Liberation War in films

Move underway to provide MRPs to Bangladeshi migrants in UAE

War crime charges against ex-JP MP Jabbar

 

Mideast

Yemen attacks leave 15 people dead

Turkish social media abuzz with Erdoğan walkout

Israel eyes law to deny clemency to Palestinian prisoners

Israel closes Golan zone adjacent to Syria

"Iranian Helicopters Equipped with Guided Missiles Ready to Confront Enemies"

 

Southeast Asia

Hudud in Malaysia can be applied to everyone, says Islamic scholar

No Hudud if Putrajaya does not amend Shariah law, says PAS

Is political Islam rising in Indonesia?

Isma lauds Hudud bill postponement

Religious extremism will bring about distrust, bible group’s new president warns Putrajaya

 

Europe

Chechnian Militants in Syria Moved to Georgia in Preparation for War on Russia

Nigerian rights group demands UN sanctions on militants

UN: 9 Million Syrians Displaced

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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India

 

Neither Islam nor Hindutva under threat if practiced truly: Madani

Some say Hindutva under threat, others say Islam. Neither is, if practised truly: Mahmood Madani

May 11, 2014

In this Idea Exchange moderated by Assistant Editor Abantika Ghosh, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind general secretary and former Rajya Sabha MP Maulana Mahmood Madani says he sees no harm in religious leaders expressing political views, explains why Priyanka would have done a better job for the Congress, stands by his remark on the Gujarat CM refusing to wear the skull cap, and questions the tag stuck on him of being pro-Modi

Abantika Ghosh: You have said that the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind is a religious organisation, but its workers can support political parties. You have decided to go to Varanasi. Is the Jamiat involved in this move or is it an individual’s decision?

The Jamiat is not just a religious organisation but a social one as well. Jamiat cannot support any political party. But its workers and leaders are free to support and join political parties. If I go to Varanasi and support or oppose any leader or party, it will be an individual decision and not that of the organisation. People allege that the Jamiat is the Congress’s B team because the organisation’s senior leaders have been affiliated to the Congress and have been members of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha from the party. Our leaders and workers are also in the BSP, SP, Left and other parties.

Abantika Ghosh: Earlier, you had supported Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s decision to not wear the skull cap. How will you oppose him now?

It has been more than two years since the charge of being a Modi supporter was slapped on me. There are three instances. Last year, there were municipal elections in Gujarat. There are a few wards in Jamnagar with 100 per cent Muslim residents and the Congress and BJP had fielded Muslim candidates there. All 21 Muslim wards were won by the BJP and I had said that Muslims have voted for the BJP. But my statement was taken out of context. Secondly, when I went to Gujarat, due to threat perception, the Ministry of Home Affairs gave me Z-plus security cover. People cooked up stories saying I was a State guest. The third instance was when I was asked about Modi’s refusal to wear the skull cap. I believe that in Indian politics, the so-called secular parties — whenever I say ‘so called’, people say that I have become a Modi supporter — whatever they have done is only symbolic. They have not dealt with the real issues. The problems that have not been addressed so far are not solely those of Muslims but also that of the SCs and other groups. As far as the 2002 riots are concerned, Modi should own moral responsibility for not controlling the situation. A majority of Muslims feel that it was an act of revenge and the government planned it. I do not disagree with them. Many people say that it should be forgotten. But I say that the uproar Indians raised over the 2002 violence was more than expected; even Muslims could not have been able to cry so hard over it. This is the strength of India. Regarding the skull cap, I do not believe in any act of symbolism. Those who do that are hypocrites. They make a fool of people by wearing such caps. I do not want Muslims or anyone to be fooled.

Maneesh Chhibber: But do you think Modi will prove to be good for the country?

How can he be good for the country? He can run a good government, but the stories he has spread about development are not hidden from people. Even if we agree with the development work that he says he has done for Gujarat, can development be complete without justice? He is a failure as a ruler and definitely not good for the country.

Maneesh Chhibber: But Modi’s men say he has been given a clean chit by the court.

There may have been lacunae due to someone failing to put up a good fight.

Coomi Kapoor: Why is there a perception that you speak for both sides — sometimes pro Modi and sometimes against Modi? The vice-chancellor of Deobandh was removed for saying that Modi has some progressive ideas.

There is a perception that I removed Maulana Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi. I am not even a member of the governing council. I am merely a student of that institute and many of its people are members of the Jamiat. I have been asking him to give me proof that I acted against him. They keep writing about it and people think it is true, but it isn’t. Recently, I was interviewed on TV and the anchor asked me about the skull cap. He asked whether I considered Modi secular, and I said that I consider him communal.

Muzamil Jaleel: If Modi becomes the prime minister, will it be dangerous for Muslims?

I do not think in terms of Muslims. We should think as Indians. Muslims are the second largest majority. For the past many years, we have been demanding equal opportunities for not just Muslims, but all Indians. Take the case of scholarships in Gujarat. He (Modi) said that it will be distributed only if it is for everyone, otherwise return it. I want to ask him, ‘Do you believe that Muslims are lagging behind in education compared to others? If yes, then why not let them get the benefit?’. There are many conditions for scholarships — marks, etc. If bright children get some money through affirmative action, they will be educated and will work for the country. The problem is not about Muslims but the country.

Manu Pubby: There are many leaders in the BJP who are doing good work. Will you support them in case the BJP is in a position to form the government?

Reasonable people should be supported for reasonable work. I do not support Modi. But if he says a right thing and you ask me a question on it, what will I say? We are talking about the country. If something’s right, it’s right.

Muzamil Jaleel: The UPA government made Batla House a political issue. Many arrests happened in Maharashtra where the Congress is in power. Why are you rallying behind the Congress?

In a press conference held at Rajasthan, I said, ‘Please do not ask for our votes by scaring us about others’. Tell us what you have done for us and take our votes. We are not batasha that will melt when water is poured on it. All the questions that you have asked me, I too have raised them and that is the reason the Congress spokesperson said that I support Modi. Whoever opposes you, you call him a Modi supporter. This is blackmailing — telling us that Modi ayega to khaa jayega.

Kumar Abhishek: You’re going to Varanasi. The environment there is already polarised — whether it’s due to the Muzaffarnagar riots or Modi’s campaigning. Don’t you think that religious leaders — be it from the Hindu community like Baba Ramdev or the Muslim community — will add to this polarisation?

We were debating the same thing — that by going to Varanasi, will we end up aiding those we’re trying to harm. I look religious. Looking religious has its pros and cons. For instance, I was going to the airport and a child told his mother, ‘Look, there is bin Laden’. However, a religious leader is also a citizen of India, and is entitled to his opinion. To snatch away a religious leader’s right to an opinion is wrong. But there is a threat that people with vested interests will use this to polarise the atmosphere. Some will say Hindutva is in threat, others will say that Islam is in threat. But the reality is that neither Islam nor Hindutva is in threat. If there is any threat, it is not from outside but from within. If Muslims truly follow Islam, 90 per cent of their problems will be solved. The same is true of the Hindus. If they follow their religion and culture based on peace and open-heartedness — I use the word culture because Hindus don’t think of Hinduism as just a religion — 90 per cent of their problems will be solved.

Maneesh Chhibber: You said that religious leaders have a right to express themselves. But our Constitution and our electoral laws say that the use or misuse of religion in politics is a corrupt practice and you can lose your seat because of that. What do you think of the Shahi Imam’s statement or that of Baba Ramdev?

This needs a long debate. I don’t think it’s wrong (to express your opinion). Whether it’s Ramdev or Bukhari or someone else, if they speak foul language, it’s wrong. Religious leaders should be more careful. But when it comes to supporting a political party, I don’t think it is wrong.

Vandita Mishra: If Modi becomes PM, he’ll be your PM too. What is the one thing that he can do to remove this mistrust and fear?

Justice. But it’s early to make assumptions (about who will come to power). The NDA will not get more than 206 seats. This is my guess. If he becomes the PM, we’ll sit down and think about what all we should make him do to ensure that everyone benefits. He hasn’t spoken about Hindutva too much during his campaigns and this has appealed to the moderate voters.

Krishna Uppuluri*: In Tamil Nadu, Muslims vote for either the DMK or the AIADMK and neither of these parties is driven by religion. Why is it that the rest of the country votes on communal lines?

If Muslims voted on the basis of religion, they would have formed their own party. Muslims have their political parties, but they are very few, very limited. If Muslims unite and vote for their community, they can form their government through political alliances. But Muslims aren’t ready for that. They have voted for Mulayam, Mayawati, the Nehru family. We need an honest political party that has representation from the Muslim community as well as others. In Tamil Nadu, the Muslim League ties up with either of the two main parties.

Muzamil Jaleel: You give legal support to those arrested on false charges. Tell us about your experience.

We believe that the law enforcement agencies are trying to hide their ineffectiveness. Once a king said that 16 criminals should be hanged. One convict escaped and when the king asked about him, a search was started. Soon, a very fat man was brought in. The executioner looked at him and said, ‘If you had to bring an innocent to be hung, at least look at the size of his neck.’ This is what is happening with the Muslims. In some cases, people are let off due to technical reasons — the way Modi was let off in the Zakia Jafri case. The cases we’re fighting — around 70 of them — might see them let off technically. I’d urge you to go through the cases, make a group of 10 and after going through them, if you tell me that this person is the culprit, I promise to appeal that he be punished. Ninety-nine per cent of the cases are fake. In Delhi’s Mahavir Vatika, a Kashmiri youth was arrested and the court asked the Delhi Police to arrest the officers who had fabricated the case against him. A blast takes place, 11 die, three are arrested, a story is fabricated, and media goes with that version and it is accepted as truth. Ek corrupt society mein mulzim (accused) aur mujrim (convict) mein farq nahin hota. When there’s a bomb blast, people are scared. A mother is scared that my son is going to the market, if there’s a blast only his corpse may return. But a Muslim mother has two fears — either he’ll die in the blast or he’ll be arrested. In the Ishrat Jahan case, a senior Home Ministry officer told me that I had done such a bad thing by taking her corpse to her home. I replied, saying even if we assume she’s a terrorist, what wrong have I done by sending her body home to her mother? I was told that I had shamed the Jamiat. It’s now been shown that she could be innocent. Why she was killed or who killed her is a separate story. But now Kapil Sibal says that due to political reaction, the correct decision in the matter wasn’t taken then. He and his party will have to answer for this.

Coomi Kapoor: Do you think the Muslim vote is united because of the Modi factor?

It is divided, at least in western UP.

Irena Akbar: Imam Bukhari has said that Muslims should vote for the Congress and you’re going to Varanasi. How seriously does the common Muslim take political advice from religious leaders?

The common man doesn’t take their advice seriously. I am going only for myself. I know that no one will listen to me. No one listens to others. But it’s our duty to talk to people. Otherwise, people will later turn around and say that we told them nothing.

Shubhajit Roy: Do you think Priyanka Gandhi would have been a better choice as a candidate than Rahul Gandhi?

Perhaps. Choosing candidates is a party’s internal matter. Priyanka could have been a better candidate, but the difference wouldn’t have been that significant. People are fed up with this government. Rahul speaks under pressure, speaks in a low tone. Priyanka, in comparison, has the strength to fight, is more aggressive and understands things better. Rahul is more concerned about holidaying. When I met him, I wanted to tell him, ‘You like scuba diving, so do I’.

Aleesha Matharu: Do you think that if Modi comes to power, we’d be reading some different kind of history in textbooks? In Madhya Pradesh, history textbooks were altered after the BJP came to power.

Absolutely. Muslims and some other communities, like those associated with the Naxals, feel alienated. When a young person reads such textbooks, he doesn’t find the role of Muslims in the creation of the country, in its struggle for Independence or afterwards. When he doesn’t see this in his textbooks, his interest in Muslims or his sympathy for them fades. And everyday, through the media, he only hears wrong things about Muslims. Secondly, when Muslims themselves don’t get to know about the sacrifices made by their ancestors in the making of the nation, they don’t connect with the country the way they should. Muslims should be made to feel a part of the mainstream; they should be informed about what their ancestors did and the sacrifices they made while fighting for the country. It would be better for both Muslims and Hindus if the role of Muslims isn’t altered in textbooks. The way it’s taking place in MP, you are betraying the country. Traitors don’t come from outside, but from within. The main threat is from within, not from outside.

Transcribed by Pragya Kaushika &  Aniruddha Ghosal

*EXIMS student

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/some-say-hindutva-under-threat-others-say-islam-neither-is-if-practised-truly/

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Israel warns its citizens in India of possible al-Qaida terror attacks

May 11, 2014

Israel alerted its citizens abroad in India of a possible terror threat from al-Qaida and its affiliated groups, giving rise to fears that terrorist groups were making inroads in the country, according to India Today.

Israel warned Indian intelligence forces that al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and Ansar al-Sharia may target Israeli citizens.

The alert came ahead of Jewish holidays and festivals in May and June, and suggested that there is a possibility that Israeli tourists may be attacked at hotels, Chabad centers, synagogues, restaurants, community centers and other places of Jewish congregation.

The warning also suggested there could be danger to Israelis at Indian airports and even at seaports where Israeli ships arrive. In the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, Jewish centers were specifically targeted.

In 2012, terrorist attacks targeted Israeli citizens in India and in Bulgaria. Attempted terrorist attacks were thwarted that same year against Israeli targets in Thailand and Georgia.

http://www.jpost.com/International/Israel-warns-its-citizens-in-India-of-possible-al-Qaida-terror-attacks-351881

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India won’t back move for sanctions on South Sudan

New Delhi | May 11, 2014

On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced — for the first time since conflict broke out in the world’s newest republic last year — economic sanctions against key parties on both sides of the conflict. Subsequently, US representative to the UN Samantha Powers suggested the US will seek “targeted sanctions on those who undermine South Sudan’s stability”.

The Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Mission to the UN are yet to comment formally on Powers’s statement, but sources suggest India will be reluctant to join US efforts to introduce such punitive measures, “irrespective of their purpose”. South Sudan is experiencing a civil war drawn along ethnic lines after Vice-President Riek Machar’s purported attempt to seize power from President Salva Kiir in December 2013.

India has significant commercial stakes in the region, with oil from Sudan and South Sudan contributing about eight per cent of ONGC Videsh Ltd’s overall production in the previous financial year. ONGC has invested $2.5 billion in South Sudan’s oil economy, but was forced to shelve operations after the onset of civil war. India is concerned its “legitimate trade interests” will be affected by the sanctions, sources told The Sunday Express. India has retained essential embassy personnel in Juba, South Sudan’s capital.

US-led efforts to impose sanctions on South Sudan have gained momentum at the UN. The UN Mission in South Sudan submitted a report last week to the UN Secretary General on rights violations, concluding that “crimes against humanity” had been committed. It recommended a “special tribunal”  to probe the crimes.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/india-wont-back-move-for-sanctions-on-south-sudan/

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TMC MP front man for Bangladesh Jamat-e-Islami, says CPI (M)

May 11, 2014

The CPI (M) Central Committee member and former Housing Minister of the State, Gautam Deb has alleged that Rajya Sabha MP of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), Ahmed Hassan Imran, is a “front man” for Jamat-e-Islami, Bangladesh (JIB).

At a press conference in the CPI (M)’s district office in North 24 Paraganas, Mr Deb said that Mr. Imran maintained “close association” with many top-ranking JIB leaders.

In fact, while talking to The Hindu, a similar allegation was made against many TMC leaders by BJP candidate in Basirhat, Sameek Bhattacharya, on Saturday.

Rejecting the allegation, Mr. Imran said that he might consider “legal action” against Mr. Deb if his allegation was not established.

Mr. Deb quoted from a secret report to highlight several allegations floating in various newspapers and websites.

Underscoring that the TMC MP was the past president of banned student’s outfit, Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), Mr. Deb said Mr. Imran “developed close association” with important JIB leaders of Bangladesh.

“These leaders are Motiur Rehman Nizami (present chief of JIB, charged with war crimes by the War Crimes Tribunal), Delwar Hossain Sayeedi (deputy head of JIB, sentenced to death by the tribunal), Mir Kasem Ali (JIB associate) and others,” said Mr Deb.

He also alleged that Mr. Imran had “appropriated” funds of Islamic Bank in Jeddah while working as the Indian counsellor of the bank.

“Moreover, he (Mr. Imran) got a loan of Rs. 66.10 crore from Saradha Printing and Publication Pvt Ltd (the publishing arm of the controversial Saradha Group), which was raised from hapless investors and in turn he (Mr. Imran) gave a loan to many, including a journalist,” said Mr Deb, quoting from the balance sheet of the company.

Mr. Imran has also worked as a correspondent of a “pro-JIB newspaper of Bangladesh in West Bengal” and Radio Tehran’s Bengali outlet’s news gatherer, besides running his own newspaper, ‘Kolam’, Mr Deb said.

“Why was it so important (for the TMC) to make such a person an MP is a big question,” said Mr Deb.

But Mr. Imran denied all the allegations. “I have been running a newspaper and am in public life for the last 33 years. Out of these 33 years, the CPI (M) was in power for the last 30 years and Mr. Deb was the Minister for most part of it. If I am like what he is claiming now, why did he or his party not take any action against me is my question…he is quoting from some newspaper reports which have no merits,” countered Mr. Imran.

“He will have to produce evidence for what he is saying or else I will take proper legal action against him after the election,” said Mr Imran

Optimistic on polls

Regarding Monday’s election Mr Deb sounded optimistic. “In North 24 Paraganas, the Left Front and its cadres were not allowed to participate in the panchayat elections. We did badly in areas where we were not allowed to stay put and supervise the election. I hope it will not be repeated and we will do better,” Mr. Deb said.

The CPI (M) party leaders in North 24 Paraganas, which has five seats and one of the most populated districts of India, also said that the party workers would not leave the polling stations, even if they are thrown out of the area by the cadres of ruling party.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/tmc-mp-frontman-for-bangladesh-jamateislami-says-gautam-deb/article5998103.ece

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Indian School of Mines helps set up mining school in Kabul

Law Kumar Mishra, TNN | May 11, 2014

DHANBAD: The Indian School of Mines (ISM) is establishing the Afghan School of Mines in Kabul. P K Laheri, chairman of the ISM governing council, on Saturday said ISM is playing a stellar role in promoting Indo-Afghan ties and assisting Kabul to set up a mining school in the capital. He said the first batch of 50 Afghan students is currently undergoing a graduation programme at ISM, Dhanbad, in mines engineering, a course that has been specifically designed for them.

Chief minister Hemant Soren asked President Pranab Mukherjee to persuade the Union government to grant IIT-status to the ISM. The Jharkhand assembly in 2012 passed a resolution recommending IIT-status for ISM. The Planning Commisson has also recommended the same, Soren said.

The chief minister said the state government would allot extra land to ISM for its expansion and Rs 96 crore have been sanctioned for the project. The state government has also handed over Rs 10 crore to ISM and the land acquisition process has started. Soren also applauded the role of the students of the ISM in exploration of Godavari and Krishna basin for gas discovery

ISM director D C Panigrahi said the institute will launch a BTech programme in engineering physics in the coming academic session. ISM has also started an exchange programme for students from Asia to Europe.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Institute-helps-set-up-mining-school-in-Kabul/articleshow/34961583.cms

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Africa

 

Abducted Nigerian girls likely split up into smaller groups, officials say

May 11, 2014

The hundreds of kidnapped schoolgirls missing for three weeks in Nigeria may have been broken up into smaller groups and  may -- or may not -- still be in Nigeria, senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the search told Fox News.

American and British security experts are in northeastern Nigeria to help search for at least 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic militants on April 15.

At the same time, senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the search told Fox News the U.S. believes the schoolgirls have been separated. One official said there was some discussion about whether to send drones to help in the search.

Any additional aid would need to be requested by the Nigerian government.

The kidnapping of more than 300 schoolgirls on April 15 in the town of Chibok has sparked accusations that the Nigerian government is not doing enough to stop the militants. While at least 53 of the girls—ranging in age from 16 to 18—escaped, the Nigerian government says 276 are still being held captive by the terrorists.

Full report at:

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/05/10/abducted-nigerian-girls-likely-split-up-into-smaller-groups-official-says/

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Muslim world’s silence over Salafi-Wahabi outfit Boko Haram’s crimes against humanity

May 11, 2014

THE news from Nigeria is blood-curdling. Shrouded initially in mystery, the kidnapping of almost 300 Nigerian girls last month has now been owned by Boko Haram, with its chief threatening ‘by Allah’ to sell those girls in slave markets. In a chilling demonstration of his intentions, in the name of Islam, Boko Haram chief Abubakr Shekau released an hour-long video that showed his hooded acolytes raising rifles and shouting ‘Allah-o-Akbar’ as Shekau flaunted his criminality to the Nigerian people by declaring, “I abducted your girls”. Describing the girls as “slaves”, he had no qualms about saying he would repeat his actions. Over 50 of the girls have managed to flee, two have died of snakebite, many have been forced to marry and some have been forcibly converted — all in the name of Islam.

Last week, two explosions killed or injured more than 100 people, and police believe Boko Haram wanted to demonstrate its destructive power as Nigeria prepared to host the World Economic Forum. So far acts of terror by the Boko Haram militants and security crackdowns have led to over 1,500 deaths this year alone. But there is no indication yet that the Nigerian government has the political will to purposefully take on the extremists who have chosen murder and abduction as a strategy to advance their political aims for which they claim religious sanction. The Nigerian government has come under intense criticism at home for focusing all security measures on the WEF delegates and for ignoring the urgent task of recovering the girls.

However, the issue doesn’t concern Nigeria alone. Seen against the background of religious militancy that has rocked Muslim (as well as non-Muslim) countries from Indonesia to Morocco, Boko Haram’s latest act of crime against humanity poses a question or two to the entire Muslim world, especially its intellectuals and ulema. Will the Muslim world stay quiet over this debasement of their religion and look away from the Nigerian people’s trauma? Girls are abducted from schools because Boko Haram says it opposes ‘Western’ education. That an education can be ‘Western or Eastern’ is a debatable issue, but even if ‘Western education’ is all that devilish, was the mass kidnapping of the girls the best way to register protest? The Muslim world now must speak up. Those who accuse the Western media of tarring all Muslims with the same brush now have an excellent chance of correcting this erroneous perception by denouncing Boko Haram’s evil deed in unequivocal terms and by dissociating the international Islamic community from such fiendish crimes. In fact, such Islamic seats of learning as Deoband, Qom and Al Azhar must unite in expressing their abhorrence of the atrocity in Nigeria. Silence will mean the Muslim world’s tacit approval of Boko Haram’s misogynist brigandage.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1104665

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Ethnic Cleansing Continues against Muslims of CAR

May 11, 2014

TEHRAN (FNA)- Thousands of Muslims in the Central African Republic have fled as UN chief warns of 'ethno-religious cleansing'.

http://english.farsnews.com/player.aspx?nn=13930220001397

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Some of the abducted Chibok girls seen in Central Africa – Jeune Afrique

May 11, 2014

There are strong indications that the terrorist sect, Boko Haram, may have moved some of the over 200 schoolgirls it abducted from Government Secondary School, Chibok, Borno State out of West Africa.

There were reports on Friday that some of the abducted schoolgirls were seen in Birao, Central African Republic with armed men. Birao is a small town in the north of the CAR.

The Islamic sect had abducted pupils of the school on April 14 and taken them into the forests along the Nigeria-Cameroon border. Over 50 of the pupils escaped while being moved out of the school.

Full report at:

http://www.osundefender.org/?p=164154

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Nigeria refused help to search for kidnapped girls

May 11, 2014

The president of Nigeria for weeks refused international help to search for more than 300 girls abducted from a school by Islamic extremists, one in a series of missteps that have led to growing international outrage against the government.

The United Kingdom, Nigeria's former colonizer, first said it was ready to help in a news release the day after the mass abduction on April 15, and made a formal offer of assistance on April 18, according to the British Foreign Office. And the U.S. has said its embassy and staff agencies offered help and were in touch with Nigeria "from day one" of the crisis, according to Secretary of State John Kerry.

 Yet it was only on Tuesday and Wednesday, almost a month later, that President Goodluck Jonathan accepted help from the United States, Britain, France and China.

The delay underlines what has been a major problem in the attempt to find the girls: an apparent lack of urgency on the part of the government and military, for reasons that include a reluctance to bring in outsiders as well as possible infiltration by the extremists.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/nigeria-refused-help-to-search-for-kidnapped-girls.aspx?pageID=238&nID=66288&NewsCatID=357

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South Sudan rebels accuse government of ceasefire violations

May 11, 2014

South Sudan's rebels on Sunday accused government forces of multiple ceasefire violations along several fronts, just hours after a truce aimed at ending the five-month conflict came into effect.

"The violations of the Agreement to Resolve the Crisis in South Sudan shows that (President Salva) Kiir is either insincere or not in control of his forces," rebel military spokesman Lul Ruai Koang said in a statement.

Koang alleged the violations occurred in the oil-rich northern states of Upper Nile and Unity, and included both ground attacks and artillery barrages. He added that rebels reserved "the right to fight in self-defence".

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/south-sudan-rebels-accuse-government-of-ceasefire-violations.aspx?pageID=238&nID=66299&NewsCatID=357

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Saif al-Islam appears before Libya court

May 11, 2014

Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of Muammar Gaddafi, the late Libyan leader, has appeared via videolink at a court in Tripoli, the capital.

Saif al-Islam, who faces charges of corruption and committing war crimes, was told on Sunday by the judge presiding over the case to prepare lawyers for his defence.

The defence team demanded access to all the evidence against Saif al-Islam and his fellow defendants.

The case is one of the biggest in Libya's history with more than 200 witnesses and more than 40,000 pages of evidence.

Saif al-Islam is being held in a prison cell in the town of Zintan, 170km southwest of Tripoli.

The former rebel groups holding him have refused to hand him over to the central government in Tripoli.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/05/saif-al-islam-appears-before-libya-court-20145119621788589.html

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Pakistan

 

Mumtaz Qadri Mosque, Memorials to Pakistanis Misdeeds

May 11, 2014

I am inside the mosque. I walk back to the doorway and look out.

Awash with sunlight, there in the dusty lane a gang of labourers yell something like a work-song as they pass a bag of cement along a moving chain of men.

A peddler pushes his wooden-wheeled cart into the street, selling milky biscuits from a see-through plastic case.

One little boy sets up a narrow wooden plank on two concrete blocks — a play bridge — and tries to walk across. He is steady for a second. In the next, he is knocked over by the clamour of his own laughter.

I turn around and am back in the dark prayer hall of the mosque.

In the absence of windows, the sunlight outside barely finds its way in. Fluorescent bulbs hang from the high ceiling, lighting up the gold and red carpet and yellow walls embellished with the many names of Allah.

Garlands of plastic flowers and gold and green ribbons still adorn the walls of the prayer hall, the echoes of an inauguration ceremony from more than a year and a half ago.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1105513/footprints-mumtaz-qadri-mosque-memorials-to-our-misdeeds

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Blast in Peshawar kills five, wounds 14

May 11, 2014

PESHAWAR: An explosion near Bacha Khan Chowk in Peshawar killed at least five persons and wounded 14 others, DawnNews reported.

Witnesses said a suicide bomber entered Shahibagh stadium in Peshawar and fired gunshots. They added that the security personnel deputed on the spot opened retaliatory fire upon which the bomber detonated his explosives near a mosque inside the stadium premises.

The intensive blast caused one of mosque's walls to fall down.

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police's SSP operations Najeeb ur Rehman confirmed that the blast was carried out by a suicide bomber.

Tribesmen from Tirrah Valley of Khyber tribal region were gathered to get themselves registered for ration and repatriation when the attack took place.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1105613/blast-in-peshawar-kills-five-wounds-14

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Pakistan Taliban chief makes last-ditch bid to assert authority

May 11, 2014

The head of the Pakistani Taliban is making a last-ditch bid to stamp his authority on the increasingly divided insurgency by ordering a top commander sacked, Taliban sources said Saturday.

Taliban head Maulana Fazlullah moved against Khan "Sajna" Said on Friday after weeks of bloody infighting in the powerful Mehsud tribe that supplies the bulk of the Pakistani Taliban fighters, they said. Scores of men have been killed. The risk for Fazlullah is that Said might ignore him and battle on. Said is trying to wrest control of the Mehsud tribe - with its many weapons and lucrative smuggling routes and extortion business - from rival Shehryar Mehsud.

The factional fighting has complicated attempts by the Pakistani government to end the insurgency through peace talks it proposed in February. Some commanders are in favor of talks but others vowed to continue their insurgency.

"It's a test case for Maulana Fazlullah and his shura," a Taliban commander said, referring to the movement's leadership council. "It will determine their future."

"If Sajna is convinced and he stops fighting, it conveys a good message to rest of the Taliban factions," he said. "Otherwise it will be a setback for Fazlullah if Sajna refuses to obey his command."

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/11-May-2014/pakistan-taliban-chief-makes-last-ditch-bid-to-assert-authority

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Fazlullah sacks top commander to stop tribal infighting

May 11, 2014

PESHAWAR: The head of the Pakistani Taliban is making a last-ditch bid to stamp his authority on the increasingly divided insurgency by ordering a top commander sacked, Taliban sources said Saturday.

Taliban head Maulana Fazlullah moved against Khan “Sajna” Said on Friday after weeks of bloody infighting in the powerful Mehsud tribe that supplies the bulk of the Pakistani Taliban fighters, they said. Scores of men have been killed.

The risk for Fazlullah is that Said might ignore him and battle on. Said is trying to wrest control of the Mehsud tribe - with its many weapons and lucrative smuggling routes and extortion business - from rival Shehryar Mehsud.

The factional fighting has complicated attempts by the Pakistani government to end the insurgency through peace talks it proposed in February. Some commanders are in favour of talks but others vowed to continue their insurgency.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1105456/fazlullah-sacks-top-commander-to-stop-tribal-infighting

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Attack on Levies checkpost kills two personnel in Khuzdar

May 11, 2014

KHUZDAR: Unknown gunmen opened fire at a Levies check post in Balochistan's Khuzdar district on Sunday killing two personnel, DawnNews reported.

The militants reportedly fled from the scene taking away with them the weapons of the slain security men.

Security and rescue teams were dispatched to the attack site.

Further details of the incident were not available till the filing of this report.

Khuzdar district is considered to be one of the troubled districts of Balochistan province. Bombings and targeted killings have claimed scores of lives in the district.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1105609/attack-on-levies-checkpost-kills-two-personnel-in-khuzdar

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf announces demos across Sindh

May 11, 2014

KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in its countrywide protest demonstrations would also hold protest demonstrations across Sindh today (Sunday), said PTI Sindh chapter President Nader Akmal Khan Laghari.

Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club along with PTI Karachi President Najeeb Haroon and party MPAs Khuram Sher Zaman and Hafeezuddin he said it would be a peaceful protest against what he claimed as historical rigging in last general elections. He said PTI protest was not aimed to derail the government or democracy.

He said PTI had pointed out rigging even before a week of the elections and demanded of the Election Commission and other concerned authorities to prevent it, but no one paid attention.

After elections PTI again pointed out the rigging and demanded free and fair enquiry but to no avail even after passage of one year.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/11-May-2014/pakistan-tehreek-e-insaf-announces-demos-across-sindh

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JI won’t take part in ‘agitation against democracy’

May 11, 2014

PESHAWAR: Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) Ameer Sirajul Haq has said that his party will not be part of any protest or confrontation that may hurt the democratic model of the country.

Talking to the media on Saturday, the JI leader said they would not be part of any agitation against democracy.

He said that it was in fact a time to serve the people and not make political scoring. “Let democracy prosper and see the results.”

Sirajul Haq was of the view that democracy could prove to be a better accountability and “we should not create hurdles in its way”. “We will not be part of any conspiracy against democracy, which will bring undemocratic forces into power.”

He further added that there should be a consensus on national issues among all political parties – the government and the opposition.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/11-May-2014/ji-won-t-take-part-in-agitation-against-democracy

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Home work completed to introduce Arabic language: Sardar Yousaf

May 11, 2014

ISLAMABAD- Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Sardar Muhammad Yousuf today said home work had been

completed to introduce Arabic language in curricula as a compulsory subject upto matric level. The project would be launched from Khyber Pakhtunkhaw, which would be extended to other provinces of the country phase wise.

The minister expressed these views while talking to President of International Islamic University, Dr. Ahmed Yousaf Aldarwesh today.

The minister said the step would definitely help students understand the Holy Quran. Arabic teachers would be trained properly and a suitable stipend would also be given to them, he added.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/10-May-2014/home-work-completed-to-introduce-arabic-language-sardar-yousaf

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Arab World

 

Terrorists Kidnap, Kill 20 Iraqi Soldiers

May 11, 2014

Terrorists attacked a military base in north Iraq, kidnapped 20 soldiers and later shot them dead.

Officers and a morgue employee reported that the soldiers were abducted by a large group of insurgents in several vehicles from a small base in the Ain al-Jahash south of Mosul, and their bodies were found in the area on Saturday night.

But accounts of when the attack took place varied, with a police major and morgue employee putting it on Saturday night, while an army major general said it had taken place earlier in the week.

Full report at:

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=23&frid=23&eid=150885

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Takfiri Bombing Kills 3, Injures 3 in Syria's Hama

May 11, 2014

At least three people were killed in a fresh car bomb attack carried out by foreign-sponsored militants in Syria's West-Central Hama Province.

"A Takfiri terrorist detonated a car packed with some 1.5 tons of explosives near the town of Al-Hamra located North of Syria’s Hama Province," the Syrian Arab News Agency reported.

According to the source, three people were killed and three others wounded in the bombing. "The explosion also caused heavy material damage in the area."

Cities and towns across Syria have frequently come under bomb attacks as well as mortar and rocket fire by extremist groups since the crisis broke out in the Arab state over three years ago.

The Takfiri groups have recently stepped up their deadly attacks against Syrians as the Arab country is preparing to hold an important presidential election on June 3.

Syria has been the scene of a deadly turmoil since March 2011. Reports say over 150,000 people have so far been killed and millions of others displaced because of the foreign-backed militancy plaguing the country.

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930221000971

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Christians Cry Loud to Stop Terrorism in Syria

May 11, 2014

 Metropolitan of Mexico, Venezuela and Central America and the Caribbean Islands for the Roman Orthodox Church Antonius Shidrawi said Christians' cries around the world were continuous tirelessly, appealing for repelling Takfiri extremism and stopping support for the western-backed terrorist groups who were committing systematic crimes in Syria.

"The USA allies with terrorism through sending weapons to the Takfiri terrorist groups in Syria," Antonius Shidrawi said in a SANA's report.

Metropolitan Shidrawi called upon Washington in a statement directed to the US Ambassador in Lebanon David Hill "you are supporting those who do not know what freedom is…The Christians are being slaughtered and displaced from their homeland in Syria, while you are sending weapons to the Takfiri terrorists under the name of opposition."

Metropolitan Shidrawi addressed the US Ambassador, saying, "It has been more than a year since two archbishops were kidnapped in Syria, and we have not heard a single word criticizing this act by your state whatsoever neither have we heard that it would pressure its ally, Turkey, to release them, but rather we hear that it will continue to send weapons to the armed opposition."

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930221000589

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Senior Iraqi MP accuses Israel of arming ISIL rebels

World Bulletin / News Desk

May 11, 2014

A senior Iraqi lawmaker has accused Israel of providing arms and equipment to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) rebel group.

"Iraqi troops seized made-in-Israel weapons from ISIL militants," Iskander Witwit, the deputy chairman of the Security and Defense Committee in Iraq's parliament, told Anadolu Agency.

"Some countries now represent Israel and run the battle in Iraq on Israel's behalf," he added.

Iraq does not have diplomatic relations with Israel. Neither does the Arab country recognize the self-proclaimed Jewish state.

Witwit described the ISIL group as a "Zionist organization that seeks to weaken Iraq and other Arab countries as well as destroy Islam."

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/136032/senior-iraqi-mp-accuses-israel-of-arming-isil-rebels

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Egypt to try 200 alleged jihadists for terrorism

May 11, 2014

CAIRO: Egypt’s prosecutor general Saturday referred to trial 200 alleged members of the Al-Qaeda-inspired Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, accusing them of ‘terrorism’ for launching deadly attacks against security forces, judicial sources said.

It would be the first mass trial of jihadists in Egypt since the military deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July last year. The Sinai-based Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, or the Partisans of Jerusalem, has claimed responsibility for some of the bloodiest attacks against Egypt’s security forces since Morsi’s overthrow.

The date for the trial has yet to be fixed, but of the 200 accused, 102 are in custody, the sources said. Those who face trial are accused of ‘belonging to a terrorist group, espionage on behalf of the Hamas.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/international/11-May-2014/egypt-to-try-200-alleged-jihadists-for-terrorism

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100,000 civilians flee jihadist clashes in Syria

May 11, 2014

BEIRUT: More than 100,000 civilians have fled the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor because of fierce clashes between rival jihadist groups, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday.

The British-based monitoring group also said the clashes between Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and the rival Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) had killed 230 militants in the last 10 days.

Of those, 146 were members of Al-Nusra and other Islamist brigades, including some who were executed by ISIL.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/May-10/256001-100000-civilians-flee-jihadist-clashes-in-syria.ashx

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In Egypt, Kevin Spacey is social media favorite for president

May 11, 2014

If the upcoming presidential election in Egypt were up to the social media world, Kevin Spacey would be the country's next president, Al Arabiya News reported Sunday.

The real election only has two candidates, with former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi widely believed to be the safe pick over leftist candidate Hamdeen Sabahi.

However, the "House of Cards" star "has won over the hearts of many who are sharing his picture beside campaign slogans, such as 'Long Live Egypt' and 'Spacey for President'" in a "trending spoof campaign" on Twitter and Facebook, the news website reported.

Spacey plays Frank Underwood, a wily Democratic House Majority Whip who successfully engineers a campaign to become U.S. president.

The most widely shared image, according to Al Arabiya, depicts the Netflix original series star alongside the name "al-Spacey," playing off the name of the favored general.

Twitter postings include "@KevinSpacey Please consider ;) plenty of Egypitan fans want you to run for office" and "@ KevinSpacey as a President of #Egypt #LongLiveEgypt #تحيا_مصر Spacey instead of ElSisi."

http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.589989

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Syria presidential campaign launches despite war

May 11, 2014

Campaigning began Sunday for Syria's June 3 presidential election expected to return Bashar al-Assad to power, as the regime marked a symbolic victory with the exit of rebels from Homs.

In Damascus, campaign posters lauding Assad hung on shopping streets and in public gardens, in the run-up to the country's first multi-candidate presidential vote.

The election is being staged despite a raging civil war, with dozens of people dying across the country every day.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/syria-presidential-campaign-launches-despite-war.aspx?pageID=238&nID=66298&NewsCatID=352

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Egypt-Ethiopia dam dispute 'not a war': Egypt PM

May 11, 2014

Egypt's dispute with Ethiopia over the Grand Renaissance Dam "is not a war," Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab has said Saturday.

During a visit to Equatorial Guinea he said the issue should be handled in the context of a "balance of interests," Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

The under-construction dam is situated near the Sudanese border on the Blue Nile, a Nile tributary. It is set to be the biggest hydroelectric dam in Africa, producing as much as 6,000 megawatts of energy.

Egypt has repeatedly expressed its concern that the dam will affect its share of Nile water. The Ethiopian side insists this will not happen.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/100966/Egypt/Politics-/EgyptEthiopia-dam-dispute-not-a-war-Egypt-PM.aspx

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Egypt's Sisi chooses stability over freedoms

May 11, 2014

Egyptian presidential frontrunner Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who ousted elected leader Mohamed Morsi last year, has prioritised stability over freedoms, insisting it will take up to 25 years for Egypt to achieve "true democracy", the AFP news agency reports.

Three years after millions of protesters demanding "bread, freedom and social justice" rose up and toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak's regime, Sisi warned such aspirations were hindering national security and slowing a much-needed economic recovery.

"You write in the newspaper, 'No voice is louder than freedom of speech!' What is this?" Sisi asked a group of Egyptian journalists at a round-table meeting in Cairo this week, the AFP news agency reported.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/05/egypt-sisi-chooses-stability-over-freedoms-20145119717430958.html

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Zionist Entity Closes Golan Zone Adjacent to Syria

May 11, 2014

Israeli occupation army on Sunday declared part of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights a closed military zone, fearing battles on the Syrian side would spill over the ceasefire line.Israeli soldier in occupied Golan Heights

A spokesman for the occupation army told AFP the area around the Quneitra crossing was closed "for security reasons."

The agency quoted security sources as saying that IOF feared fighting between insurgents and Syrian army forces would affect the area.

Full report at:

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=150940&cid=23&fromval=1&frid=23&seccatid=18&s1=1

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Al-Nusrah Raises Fraud Allegations against Jarba

May 11, 2014

Sami al-Aridi, one of the ringleaders of the terrorist Al-Nusra Front in Syria, raised fraud accusations against Ahmad Jarba, the president of the Syrian Opposition Coalition (SOC), saying he has stolen millions of dollars of international aids.

Writing on his Twitter page, Aridi said that Jarba had stolen $75mln of the international aids which were due to be allocated to the treatment of the wounded and refugee Syrians.

Also earlier this year, founder of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) Riyadh Al-Asa'ad claimed that head of the Syrian opposition bloc Ahmad al-Jarba is a spy.

Al-Asa'ad's accusation came as the rifts among the Syrian opposition are further widening.

"We clearly announce that those who take orders from foreign countries cannot make determining decisions (for the country)," he said in April.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930221001287

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North America

 

‘Pilot Program’ Revealed: Washington Sends Missiles to Syria Terrorists

May 11, 2014

The US is sending missiles to Syrian terrorists as Syria Terrorists part of a “pilot program” to strengthen the militant groups, American media reveals. Addressing criticism the US is arming extremist militants, Washington claims its weapons will not “fall into the wrong hands.”

Washington’s new initiative aims to find out whether it can supply opposition forces in Syria with weapons without them falling into the hands of extremists, American officials told USA Today on condition of anonymity.

"They will try this first and see how it goes" before expanding it, said a former official. According to reports, militant groups have already received anti-tank missiles, known as TOWs, which are specially designed to destroy tanks and pierce reinforced bunkers.

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?fromval=1&cid=23&frid=23&eid=150830

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New York police reported to be recruiting Muslim informants

MAY 11, 2014

NEW YORK, May 11 ― New York City police have been recruiting immigrants, most of them Muslims, in the years following the attacks of September 11, 2001, to act as informants eavesdropping in cafes, restaurants and mosques, The New York Times reported today.

Citing documents it had obtained and interviews with former and senior police officials, the newspaper said the department had sought to enlist the help of immigrants such as a food cart vendor from Afghanistan, an Egyptian-born limousine driver and an accounting student from Pakistan, most of who were arrested for minor infractions.

Detectives working for a unit known as the Citywide Debriefing Team conducted 220 such interviews in the first quarter of this year, the Times said, citing police officials, and conducted many hundreds of interviews in other years.

Police officials described the interviews to the Times as voluntary, but the paper said several Muslim immigrants it spoke to felt shaken by the encounters.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaymailonline.com/world/article/new-york-police-reported-to-be-recruiting-muslim-informants#sthash.Yq811DA0.dpuf

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South Asia

 

Taliban suicide car bomber kills five in southern Afghanistan

May 11, 2014

A suicide car bomber attacked an Afghan Army vehicle on Sunday in southern Afghanistan, killing five civilians and wounding 36, authorities said.

The blast also wounded four Afghan soldiers in the Maywand district of Kandahar province, local government spokesman Dawkhan Menapal said.

Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi claimed responsibility for the attack.

Afghan security forces are frequently targeted by insurgents. Violence has intensified in the country as most international troops prepare to withdraw at the end of the year.

Separately on Sunday, NATO said one of its service members died as a result of a non-battle related injury in the country’s north. The NATO force said the death occurred on Sunday but gave no other details.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/south-asia/taliban-suicide-car-bomber-kills-five-in-southern-afghanistan/article5998287.ece

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Ex-rival's support boosts Abdullah in Afghan election

May 11, 2014

Afghan election front-runner Abdullah Abdullah received a major boost to his presidential campaign Sunday when Zalmai Rassoul, a close ally of the current leader, endorsed him after withdrawing from the race.

Rassoul was seen as the favoured candidate of outgoing President Hamid Karzai, and his support for Abdullah could be decisive in deal-making to choose Afghanistan's next leader as US-led troops withdraw from the country.

Rassoul's own bid to become president gained little momentum and he came third with just 11.5 percent in the first round of voting, but he remains an influential power-broker.

"I ask the people for the sake of national unity and political stability to vote for Doctor Abdullah, so that we win the election," Rassoul, who resigned as foreign minister to run in the election, told a press conference in Kabul.

Rassoul said his support could be a "balance maker" in the run-off election due next month.

The second-round vote will pit Abdullah against former World Bank economist Ashraf Ghani in a head-to-head battle, after the two came first and second in the eight-man election on April 5.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/100943/World/International/Exrivals-support-boosts-Abdullah-in-Afghan-electio.aspx

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PM Sheikh Hasina for portraying Liberation War in films

May 11, 2014

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the filmmakers in the country to tell stories of our glorious 1971 Liberation War, and brave acts and sacrifices of the war heroes in their films.

“We have some demands. We want to see our films depicting sacrifices and achievements of the nation in the Liberation War,” she said while addressing the National Film Award-2012 yesterday.

The prime minister handed over the awards to 23 film artistes and technicians in 24 categories for their outstanding performances.

“There were times when attempts were made to erase the history of this supreme sacrifice and great achievements,” she said.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/may/11/pm-portraying-liberation-war-films#sthash.oyT7Z0wq.dpuf

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Move underway to provide MRPs to Bangladeshi migrants in United Arab Emirates

May 11, 2014

The government has launched a move to provide machine readable passports (MRPs) among Bangladesh workers and other professionals living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), officials said.

Different government departments and agencies here believe nearly one million Bangladeshis, mostly workers, now live in the UAE though there is no authentic data.

However, a good number of Bangladeshis are living there without any valid documents as most of them either lost their previous jobs or went to the gulf nation without following any proper process.

But now, according to the officials, all will be eligible to obtain their MRPs from selected outlets of Bangladesh mission in the UAE by paying a certain amount of money under the DIP initiative.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/foreign-affairs/2014/may/11/move-underway-provide-mrps-bangladeshi-migrants-united-arab-emirates#sthash.DFazox61.dpuf

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War crime charges against ex-JP MP Jabbar

May 11, 2014

Prosecution has pressed five chargers including genocide against former Jatiya Party lawmaker Mohammad Abdul Jabbar for his involvement in war crimes during the Liberation War in 1971.

Prosecutor Zahid Imam has submitted the charges to the registrar office at around 11am on Sunday.

The Peace Committee leader was involved in the killing of 36 people, setting fire and looting of around 560 houses and forcefully converted about 200 people in Mothbaria of Pirojpur during the 1971 Liberation War.

According to the five charges levelled against him, the war crimes suspect along with his accomplices forcefully converted 200 Hindus to Muslim in Phuljhuri on a day of end-May in 1971.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/law-rights/2014/may/11/war-crime-charges-against-ex-jp-mp-jabbar#sthash.2DuuxoAT.dpuf

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Mideast

 

Yemen attacks leave 15 people dead

May 11, 2014

At least 11 people have been killed after a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into a military police base in al-Mukalla, in southeast Yemen.

Witnesses in the provincial capital of Hadramawt reported an ambulance ferrying casualties to a city hospital on Sunday.

The blast came as government forces hunted al-Qaeda fighters in the south.

In an earlier attack on Sunday, three fighters were killed after they tried to attack a security checkpoint in the Yemeni capital, the interior ministry said the shootings were the second such incident close to the presidential palace in Sanaa in as many days.

A civillian was also killed during the gunfight which erupted at dawn.

The attack in Sanaa appeared to be retaliation for the army offensive against al-Qaeda that has ousted many fighters from bastions in south Yemen which they first seized during mass unrest in 2011.

Five guards were killed on Friday in clashes that broke out after gunmen attacked the checkpoint outside the palace in Sanaa which the president, who was not there at the time, only uses for meetings.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2014/05/yemen-attacks-leave-15-people-dead-201451193219121308.html

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Turkish social media abuzz with Erdoğan walkout

May 11, 2014

Thousands of Turkish social media users praised Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for storming out of a Council of State speech over the "rudeness" of Turkey's top lawyer, Metin Feyzioğlu, on May 10, but thousands of others ridiculed him for the act of insouciance.

Two hashtags supporting Erdoğan and one supporting Feyzioğlu remained on the Worldwide Trending Topics (TT) list on Twitter, even hours after the incident.

#HaddiniBilFEYZİOĞLU (Know your place, Feyzioğlu) was the most popular hashtag, while "#YanındayızFeyzioğlu" (We support you, Feyzioğlu) followed it in the list. "#CüppeliSiyaseti TokatlayanErdoğan (Erdoğan slaps the politics in [judicial] robes) was another TT hashtag.

Many social media users also tried to create viral memes with Erdoğan's photos, either shot during the incident or taken from the archives, while providing them with fictional captions. Here are three popular memes making the rounds:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/turkish-social-media-abuzz-with-erdogan-walkout.aspx?pageID=238&nID=66283&NewsCatID=341

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Israel eyes law to deny clemency to Palestinian prisoners

May 11, 2014

An Israeli ministerial committee gave its backing on Sunday to changes in the law that could block amnesty for Palestinians imprisoned for murdering Israelis.

Under the proposal passed by the committee for legislation, the courts would be empowered to prevent Israel's president from granting clemency or shortening the jail term of anyone imprisoned for murder.

The amendment to the Basic Law on the authority of the president, which was tabled by MP Ayelet Shaked of the far-right Jewish Home party along with other hardliners, still needs to pass a series of parliamentary votes before becoming law.

In the explanatory notes, Shaked says the aim is to amend the "absurd" reality of Israel releasing "a large number of terrorists as part of prisoner release deals or as diplomatic gestures."

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/100957/World/Region/Israel-eyes-law-to-deny-clemency-to-Palestinian-pr.aspx

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Israel closes Golan zone adjacent to Syria

 11 May 2014

Israel's army on Sunday declared part of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights a closed military zone, fearing battles on the Syrian side would spill over the ceasefire line.

An army spokeswoman told AFP the area around the Quneitra crossing was closed "for security reasons."

Speaking to AFP, security sources said they feared fighting between rebels and Syrian army forces would affect the area.

Rebels in southern Syria set up earlier this year the so-called Southern Front, including some 30,000 fighters from more than 55 mainstream rebel groups, and have claimed successes, notably in Quneitra.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/05/11/Israel-closes-Golan-zone-adjacent-to-Syria-.html

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"Iranian Helicopters Equipped with Guided Missiles Ready to Confront Enemies"

May 11, 2014

Iranian Commander of the Army Ground Force stressed that combat choppers which are equipped with high-precision guided missiles and rockets are capable of confronting all types of enemy threats even in asymmetric wars.

"Today, our helicopters with their guided rockets and missiles which enjoy a high destructive power and precision capability are ready to confront any threat posed from the ground," Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan said, addressing the graduation ceremony of Iranian Army's Air Borne cadets in Tehran on Sunday.Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan

Full report at:

http://www.almanar.com.lb/english/adetails.php?eid=150907&cid=19&fromval=1&frid=19&seccatid=32&s1=1

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Southeast Asia

 

Hudud in Malaysia can be applied to everyone, says Islamic scholar

May 11, 2014

It is possible to enforce hudud in Malaysia as the country is not secular and already applies aspects of Islamic criminal law in the Penal Code, an Islamic scholar said today.

Faculty of Sharia and Law, Islamic Science University of Malaysia lecturer Dr Zulkifli Hasan said at a forum today that anti-hudud arguments, such as Malaysia's secular and multiracial status, were void as Islam was recognised as the official religion in Malaysia.

"We are not a secular country. On the contrary, we place Islam at the highest position... our efforts to enforce hudud should be seen as part of our fight to strengthen God's law," said Zulkifli at the forum titled "Hudud: Challenges in implementation" at the Shah Alam state mosque today.

He said hudud could be made a part of the country's Penal Code, or a second Penal Code could be created to include hudud offences, such as adultery, pre-marital sex, alcohol consumption and stealing.

"We can Islamise the Penal Code, whether it is through amending the code or by creating a second one," said Zulkifli at the forum organised by Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (Abim).

"Hence, hudud can be applied to all Malaysians, just like Islamic finance. The government accepts Islamic financing because it is beneficial. Hudud, too, is beneficial because it brings peace.”

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/hudud-in-malaysia-can-be-applied-to-everyone-says-islamic-scholar

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No hudud if Putrajaya does not amend Shariah law, says PAS

May 11, 2014

For all its rhetoric on imposing the Islamic penal code, or hudud, on Muslims in Kelantan, PAS has admitted that the state government cannot proceed with its plan if amendments are not made to existing Shariah Court legislation.

PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar said the Shariah Court Act stood in the way of its plans to implement hudud in the east coast state.

“If the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government does not amend the Shariah Court Act, which is standing in the way, we can’t implement hudud in Kelantan,” he told The Malaysian Insider in Kuala Lumpur.

Mahfuz said Putrajaya had to take the initial step to amend the law to enable PAS to go ahead with its plan to implement the Islamic law in the state.

"The implementation can only be done if the government does away with the barrier. We will wait for that because they said they will do it," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/no-hudud-if-putrajaya-does-not-amend-shariah-law-says-pas

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Is political Islam rising in Indonesia?

May 11, 2014

Jakarta, Indonesia - For newcomers, the relative obscurity of mosques and minarets amid the shopping malls in the capital of the world's most populous Muslim country is surprising.

There are, however many religious buildings in this bustling city, tucked behind parking lots or alongside traffic-choked highways. Generally these occupy a small physical space relative to other symbols of modernity.

It has been the same for most of Indonesia's political history. Shunned by Sukarto, Indonesia's first president, and suppressed by Suharto, a dictator who ruled until 1998, Islam's pre-eminent role in the country's social and cultural sphere often hasn't translated into political power.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2014/04/political-islam-rising-indonesia-201442913253417235.html

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Isma lauds hudud bill postponement

May 11, 2014

Muslim rights group Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma), which has campaigned for the implementation of hudud for all Malaysians, has welcomed PAS's decision to postpone tabling the private member's bill on the shariah penal code in Parliament.

"It's good that they are postponing it if it is because they wish to discuss further how to implement hudud in Kelantan," Isma president Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman (pic) told The Malaysian Insider in an immediate reaction to the announcement by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

"Discussions are important so that the authorities can find the best method of enforcing hudud. I think that is the most important thing.”

He added that such a move was wise and necessary, given the complications involved in the Islamic criminal law.

Last week, the Kelantan government had said that it wished to enforce hudud as early as next year.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/isma-lauds-hudud-bill-postponement

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Religious extremism will bring about distrust, bible group’s new president warns Putrajaya

May 11, 2014

The new president of The Bible Society of Malaysia, Bishop Datuk Ng Moon Hing, has warned Putrajaya that a generation of Malaysians is in danger of growing up distrusting each other in light of the growing racial and religious extremism in the country.

Ng, who assumed his post yesterday, lamented that Putrajaya had not taken a stand on the matter despite rising racial extremism and hate speeches made in the name of religion.

"Malaysia's multiracial society is being torn apart, there will come a time when the Chinese will not trust the Malays and vice versa," Ng warned.

"This is very bad for Malaysia, more than 50 years of hard work in uniting the nation and its multiracial society is being torn apart," he said yesterday soon after taking over as the new BSM president at its annual general meeting in Damansara Kim, Petaling Jaya.

He succeeds Lee Min Choon who has completed his maximum term of five years at the helm.

Ng, the 58-year-old Anglican Bishop of West Malaysia, recalled the time when he visited Cambodia in the 1980s following the end of Pol Pot's brutal regime.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/religious-extremism-will-bring-about-distrust-bible-societys-new-president

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Europe

 

Chechnian Militants in Syria Moved to Georgia in Preparation for War on Russia

May 11, 2014

A large group of Chechnian militants who were fighting against the Syrian government in the last three years have been dispatched to Tbilisi in Georgia to prepare for terrorist operations on Russian territories, sources disclosed on Sunday.

"Some 97 Chechnian fighters arrived in the Turkish city of Istanbul from Amman, the capital city of Jordan, on flight No. 813 at 10:00 am (local time) on May 1 and were then transferred to Tbilisi on flight No. 382," an informed source told FNA on Sunday, adding that the militants arrived in Tbilisi at 16:25 (local time).

"The militants are being deployed in Pankisi valley in Georgia and plan to sneak into the Russian territories," the source continued, adding that the militants are due to stage a series of operations, including hit-and-run and bomb attacks, in different parts of Russia in a bid to disturb security in the country which is now in full confrontation with the West over Ukraine.

A number of Chechnians who had left the Soviet Union in 1952 were sheltered in Jordan at the time by King Hussein, who even used them as special royal guards. After the start of the war in Syria, they were sent to the country to fight against President Bashar al-Assad's government.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930221001187

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Nigerian rights group demands UN sanctions on militants

Associated Press | Lagos | May 11, 2014

A leading Nigerian rights group is urging the UN Security Council to impose sanctions on the Islamic extremists that abducted some 300 schoolgirls, saying concern and condemnation are not enough.

A statement on Sunday from the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project says it is time for the council to “act decisively” and that the cost of inaction is “too high to contemplate.”

It comes as more experts are expected in Nigeria to help in the search, including US hostage negotiators.

Nigeria’s government belatedly accepted offers of help last week from the United States, Britain, France, China and Spain amid mounting national and international outrage at its failure to rescue 276 girls abducted from a northeastern school on April 15.

Fifty-three escaped. The militants are threatening to sell the girls into slavery.

http://indianexpress.com/article/world/middle-east-africa/nigerian-rights-group-demands-un-sanctions-on-militants/

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UN: 9 Million Syrians Displaced

May 11, 2014

The United Nation's top humanitarian field operations official said more than 9 million Syrians had been displaced by the country's conflict.

"Some 6.5 million of the displaced people are still inside Syria, while 2.7 million have fled to nearby countries," John Ging said in A SANA report, warning that those numbers were likely to grow.

"Month-after-month, it's 5,000 people that are being killed in this crisis. Hundreds of thousands have been injured in this crisis, and again with the intensification of the conflict, these numbers are growing all the time," he said.

Still, the international community is not stepping forward to provide assistance. He said the UN's humanitarian appeal is only 20 percent funded and that the UN had collected only about a quarter of the money it needed to assist refugees.

Ging said about 4.1 million Syrians were receiving food assistance each month, but that the program had "very big shortfalls between the needs and the response".

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13930221000716

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