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Never forget awful images of the 26/11 attacks: Obama

Indonesia volcano killed 85 in latest eruption: Official

Stay With Obama's Opening to Muslims

Malaysia women group gets to keep ‘Islam’ in name

Muslim sues Oklahoma state for banning Sharia law

Islamophobia like 1930s anti-Semitism: Islamic forum head

Burqa ‘No More a Threat than a Nun’s Habit’ Says Cherie

Divorce rates increase in GCC countries

Tourism authority to launch ‘FindMe in Saudi’ magazine

Three Faiths, an exhibition on sacred texts, opens

Gaza surfer girls find freedom on the waves

Four killed in firing incidents in Karachi

Afghan Taliban threaten to kill anyone talking peace

Thiruvallur District launches Muslim Women’s Aid Society

Online Film Contest Focuses on Muslim Women

Prince Turki warns of neo-con agenda

Dubai Customs launches working mother award

Obama Is Not Likely to Push India Hard on Pakistan

Christian, Muslim leaders call for interfaith crisis-prevention group              

Pakistan hands over 13th dossier on Mumbai attacks to India

Saudis Warned U.S. of Attack Before Parcel Bomb Plot

Gazans mark the 54th anniversary of the Khan Younis massacre

Top Shiite Cleric Urges Protection For Ordinary Iraqis

OIC warns about rising Islamophobia?

Thousands of Indian Muslims stage demonstration against Obama visit

BJP asks Centre to intervene in Ayodhya dispute

US not sensitive to sentiments of Pakistani people: Musharraf

Imran Farooq’s body shifted to MQM headquarters

More women respected in Pakistan than India: Report

WikiLeaks founder mulls asylum in Switzerland

Pak mum on panel, India worried over 26/11 trial

US denounces Pakistan mosque attacks as ‘brutal’

UN warns of aid shortfall for Pakistan flood victims

Syria risks IAEA action over suspected atom site

Israelis mull leaving settlers in Palestine

Iraqi Al-Qaeda group predicts more bloody days

Basra hosts first foreign circus in decades

Dubai wears the pink message on its sleeve

World powers are united on Iran uranium offer

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Never forget awful images of the 26/11 attacks: Obama

Nov 6, 2010

MUMBAI: After meeting survivors and paying tribute to those who died at a permanent memorial erected at the luxury seafront hotel Taj, which was the focus of the militant assault and where 31 people, including 12 members of staff, were killed, Obama said Taj Hotel was the symbol of strength and resilience of Indian people. (Read: Obama arrives on three-day visit to India)

"I am looking forward to next three days of visit to India to deepen partnership. I look forward to deepening our cooperation in counter terrorism with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh when I meet him," US President Barack Obama said after landing at Mumbai airport on Saturday.

"India and the US are working more closely in counter-terrorism. Our two governments have been sharing intelligence to avoiding more attacks and demanding that the perpetrators be brought to justice. We will never forget awful images of the 26/11 attacks, the flames from Taj Hotel that lit up the skies on those four days of November, 2008," he added.

The US President Barack Obama arrived in Mumbai on Saturday on the first leg of his three-day visit that will seek to focus on opening up of Indian markets for American businesses and deal with wide range of political issues, including strategy on counter-terrorism.

The Air Force One carrying Obama and his wife Michelle touched down at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here at 12:50 p.m.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Never-forget-awful-images-of-the-26/11-attacks-Obama/articleshow/6879409.cms#ixzz14Uk1vMOQ

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Indonesia volcano killed 85 in latest eruption: Official

Nov 6, 2010

JAKARTA: Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano killed 85 people in its latest eruption, with scores more suffering severe burns, an official said on Saturday.

Many of the dead were in Argomulyo village, about 18 kms from the crater of Merapi, as deadly heat clouds hit their village early Friday.

The latest deaths bring the overall toll to 128 since the country's most active volcano started erupting on October 26.

"The death toll has risen to 85 people and 289 people are injured," disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Indonesia-volcano-killed-85-in-latest-eruption-Official/articleshow/6879389.cms#ixzz14Uk7OYu2

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Stay With Obama's Opening to Muslims

By DAVID MILIBAND

November 06, 2010

In the wake of the “humbling” of President Obama by American voters there is a lot of talk about what needs to be reversed or buried from his first two years. For the Republicans health care tops the list, closely followed by determination to maintain tax cuts for the wealthy. That is a matter for the American political system. But the rest of us also have a huge stake in what is kept and what is junked on the foreign policy front.

In his first year, President Obama made the rebuilding of America’s reputation and partnerships with the Islamic world a central theme of his presidency. His commitment to the development of trusting, respectful cooperation with the Muslim world needs to be rescued, burnished and supported.

In Ankara in April 2009 he set out his credo: “I know that the trust that binds us has been strained. ... We will listen carefully, bridge misunderstanding, and seek common ground. We will be respectful, even when we do not agree.”

In Cairo in June 2009 he called for a “new beginning.” He was right to do so. There are major responsibilities for those of us in the West if this is to be achieved.

For starters, we need to understand and explain to our publics the differences within the Muslim world. This is not just a question for theologians debating the differences between Sunni, Shiite and Sufi. It is a political recognition that the differences between Turkey’s secular state, Indonesia’s pluralist democracy and the Gulf monarchies are as striking as the similarities.

Further, while the intelligence cooperation between Saudi Arabia and the United States in the recent bomb plots originating in Yemen is a stark demonstration of the vital need for real-time cooperation on security issues, the reason for closer relations between our countries goes well beyond security.

Muslim-majority countries are major players in the benefits of globalization — economic, cultural, scientific, social. And they are major players in confronting its dangers — from water shortages to global health to terrorism to climate change.

In building consent for closer cooperation we have a responsibility to eschew the simplistic language of “moderate” and “extremist” that does so little to explain what people believe. We also have a responsibility to stand up for the institutions that can bring Western and Muslim countries together. For those of us in Europe, the European Union is a prime example — with the power to push ahead the vision of membership for Turkey and a creative and serious partnership with our North Africa neighbors.

However, it is not only the West that must bear responsibility. The leaders of Muslim-majority countries also have their responsibilities. Internal reforms to honor international commitments to human rights, independent courts and press freedoms cannot be a Western imposition, still less a Western peculiarity.

The requirements of an interdependent world are for shared action to secure public goods — from security to financial stability to environmental sustainability. And governments cannot build coalitions of respect when their populations learn only of difference and superiority.

There is also pressing need for shared effort on the great dangers and grievances that will otherwise pull us apart. We in the West need the support of Muslim-majority countries to bring an end to the war in Afghanistan.

Military effort gets the headlines, but peace will only come with a political settlement. Bringing all the Afghan tribes inside the political ring is the only basis for a sustainable future. That requires leadership from the Afghan government, but also an internationally sponsored drive for the countries in the region to support stability in Afghanistan in a structured and serious way.

Muslim populations around the world look to the West to bring justice to the Palestinians. They are right to do so. Most would accept security and recognition for Israel as the price. That is essential too. President Obama’s efforts deserve united international support.

U.S. efforts would be augmented by further international support for Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s state-building plan. There also should be closer engagement between the quartet (the U.N., the E.U., the U.S. and Russia) and the so-called Arab quartet of countries — otherwise we will lose hope for pan-Arab recognition of Israel in return for a Palestinian state.

Finally, we need to cooperate on the slow-burning fuse of the Iranian nuclear program. This is a threat to all of us.

In Cairo in June 2009, President Obama listed historical forces that had created tension where there should have been cooperation — colonialism, the cold war, the sweeping changes brought by modernity and globalization — and led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam.

Hopes were high in June 2009. But the president made clear in his speech that no one should expect fast progress. Simply to list the issues shows the scale of the challenges. But that is reason to get on with it, not to abandon the effort.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/06/opinion/06iht-edmiliband.html

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Malaysia women group gets to keep ‘Islam’ in name

6 November 2010

Prominent Malaysian women’s group won the right to keep the word ‘Islam’ in its name Friday after a court ruled against religious activists critical of the group’s opinions on women’s rights.

KUALA LUMPUR (AhlulBayt News Agency) - Prominent Malaysian women’s group won the right to keep the word ‘Islam’ in its name Friday after a court ruled against religious activists critical of the group’s opinions on women’s rights.

The High Court struck out an application by the Malaysian Assembly of Muslim Youths, which demanded that Sisters in Islam change its name because it was allegedly misleading people to believe that the group speaks for all Muslims, said Ratna Osman, program manager of the women’s group.

The court sided with Sisters in Islam’s argument that the activists had no legal standing to challenge the name. Sisters in Islam, one of this Muslim-majority country’s most well-known nongovernmental groups, has often upset conservative Muslims by questioning the enforcement of Malaysian Islamic Shariah laws, including those that allow the caning of women for offences such as consuming alcohol.

Many Muslim groups say Sisters in Islam misinterprets religious principles, highlighting a divide between Muslims who demand strict enforcement of Islamic morality laws and others who worry about religious intolerance.

The High Court’s decision Friday was ‘a positive step toward ensuring that freedom of expression as guaranteed under the federal Constitution is upheld,’ Ratna of Sisters in Islam said in a statement. ‘If Malaysia truly wants to take the global leadership in promoting moderation in Islam, then the first steps must be taken at home to protect the democratic space for debate and differences of opinion,’ Ratna said.

Representatives for the Malaysian Assembly of Mosque Youths could not immediately be reached Friday. Its leader claimed in March that Sisters in Islam often contradicted Muslim beliefs and that its name ‘causes confusion among Muslims who might think that the group represents Islam.’

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=211077

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Muslim sues Oklahoma state for banning Sharia law

6 November 2010

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Two days after Oklahoma voters approved a ballot measure banning state courts from considering Islamic Sharia law or international law while making a judgement, a local Muslim has filed a federal lawsuit saying the measure is unconstitutional.

The lawsuit against ballot measure, State Question 755 or better known as "Save Our State," has sought for a temporary restraining order to block the results of the election from being certified by the state Election Board on November 9, which is scheduled to go into effect on January 1.

Full report at:

http://sify.com/news/muslim-sues-oklahoma-state-for-banning-sharia-law-news-international-klfnOcbahjd.html

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Islamophobia like 1930s anti-Semitism: Islamic forum head

By Paul Handley

November 06, 2010

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia — Growing Islamophobia echoes the rise of anti-Semitism in the 1930s with US leaders resisting it but Europeans abetting the trend for political gain, the head of the world's largest Islamic group said.

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC), said xenophobia directed at Muslim immigrants was taking hold, especially in Europe.

Vote-seeking politicians were advancing extremist groups behind the anti-Muslim sentiment.

"This issue has become a political agenda item," the Turkish head of the 58-member OIC told AFP in an interview, while stressing that Islam was also a European religion.

Full report at:

Copyright © 2010 AFP. All rights reserved.

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Burkha ‘no more a threat than a nun’s habit’ says cherie

By Alison Little

November 6,2010

The wife of the former Labour prime minister said it was wrong to see burkha-clad women as a “threat”, and compared the all-enveloping robes to a nun’s habit.

Her half-sister, Lauren Booth, announced last month that she had converted to Islam and has not ruled out wearing a burkha herself.

Mrs Blair made her remarks in the Spanish capital Madrid, where she was an unpaid guest speaker at a conference to celebrate “European Muslim women of influence”.

Last year she attacked women in Afghanistan being forced to wear burkhas as a symbol of ­Taliban tyranny. She called it a crucial barrier “in the struggle both to be equal and to be seen as equal”.

Full report at:

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/209618/Burkha-no-more-a-threat-than-a-nun-s-habit-says-Cherie-

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Divorce rates increase in GCC countries

6 November 2010

JEDDAH: Traditions, a change in lifestyle and an emphasis on material life along with varying levels of liberalism and conservatism are all contributing factors to the rise in the number of divorces in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states. According to 2008 figures, the divorce rate in the Kingdom was 20 percent.

A recent study of divorce rates in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries shows that divorces have risen and are continuing to increase.

Recent statistics show that the total divorce rate as a percentage of all marriages in Gulf countries has also reached 24 percent in Bahrain as of 2007, 25.6 percent in the UAE (2008), 34.8 percent in Qatar (2009) and 37.1 percent in Kuwait (2007).

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article181035.ece

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Tourism authority to launch ‘FindMe in Saudi’ magazine

6 November 2010

RIYADH: The Kingdom's first official international magazine on business, investment and leisure — FindMe in Saudi — will be published soon, according to Prince Sultan bin Salman, president and chairman of the board of directors of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA).

“The magazine, to be published annually, will have 150 pages of comprehensive information and promotion on the new and fresh image of Saudi Arabia,” Prince Sultan said in a statement issued on Thursday.

“The concept of FindMe in Saudi has been created to trigger the emotions of the readers and aims to rediscover the country and promote investment opportunities internationally with a sophisticated business approach.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article181052.ece

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Three Faiths, an exhibition on sacred texts, opens

6 November 2010

NEW YORK: The latest New York Public Library’s (NYPL) exhibition, “Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam,” was inaugurated last week. It is on display for the first time in the US.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by a number of United Nations ambassadors, Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, founder of the Coexist Foundation, and spiritual leaders of the Abrahamic religions, including Imam Ali Shamsi, Orthodox Emny, Father Patrick Ryan, Rabbi Julie Schonfeld, and Priest William Findley.

NYPL President Paul LeClerc said he was pleased with the inauguration of this exhibition, considering “Three Faiths” one of the most important exhibitions during his 17 years as president of the library.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article181125.ece

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Gaza surfer girls find freedom on the waves

6 November 2010

SHEIKH IJLEEN, Gaza Strip - Away from Gaza’s troubled reality and beyond its polluted shore, Shorouq and Sabah Abu Ghanem surf in a world of their own.

The two girls, 13 and 12, learnt how to swim at the age of three at the hand of their lifeguard father.

They can swim up to 10 km (6 miles), dive to seven meters (25 feet) and surf on plastic boards that they hope one day to trade in for competition-grade models.

“In the sea I find my freedom. I feel free of everything I leave behind on land,” said 13-year-old Shorouq.

“Gaza is under blockade. We lack surfboards, we lack diving gear. We lack many things. But out in the sea it doesn’t matter.”

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/November/middleeast_November98.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Four killed in firing incidents in Karachi

6 November 2010

KARACHI: At least four people were killed in different incidents of firing in Karachi on Saturday, DawnNews reported.

Three vehicles were also set ablaze in different parts of the city.

Security had been put on high alert in Karachi ahead of the arrival of slain Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Imran Farooq’s body from London.

The city wore a deserted look and public and private transports remain off the roads and commercial centres remained closed.

http://public.dawn.com/2010/11/06/four-killed-in-firing-incidents-in-karachi.html

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Afghan Taliban threaten to kill anyone talking peace

6 November 2010

KABUL: Scribbled notes from Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar have surfaced in mosques all over Afghanistan’s Pakhtun heartland, threatening death to anyone who takes up a government offer to negotiate for peace, according to a long-time Taliban member.

Trying to quash rumours of a break in their ranks, the Taliban also have vehemently denied news reports that representatives of the militant group were involved in negotiations with the Afghan government.

The leadership could be worried that commanders might strike separate deals that would threaten to undermine the militancy and cripple the morale of their rank-and-file fighters.

Full report at:

http://public.dawn.com/2010/11/06/afghan-taliban-threaten-to-kill-anyone-talking-peace-2.html

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Thiruvallur District launches Muslim Women’s Aid Society

By Shafee Ahmed Ko

November 6,2010

Thiruvallur: Thiruvallur District inaugurated its Muslim Women’s Aid Society (MWAS) on October 31. Alhaj Kayal Ahmed Salih, joint secretary of Thiruvallur MWAS had taken a vow at the October 9 function of Kanchee MWAS that he would establish a cash fund of Rs.100,000, and he declared in the Thiruvallur function that he achieved the target.

Concept Muslim Women’s Aid Society (Mwas)

Under the PM’s 15-point program, Tamil Nadu State launched a scheme in 2007 through the Department of Backward Classes, Most Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare in the name of Muslim Women’s Aid Societies (MWAS). They are functioning in all the districts to provide assistance to destitute and aged Muslim women.

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2010nov02/thiruvallur_district_launches_muslim_women%E2%80%99s_aid_society.html

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Online Film Contest Focuses on Muslim Women

Julie Taboh

November 6,2010

An online competition is now open for what's being called the first-ever international showcase of short films about Islam and women.

The films focus on women of all faiths and backgrounds who are living in Muslim-majority countries, as well as Muslim women living as minorities around the world.

The festival's lineup hasn't been finalized yet. Digital film entries are still being accepted in an online competition that runs through November 24 of this year and is open to filmmakers of all genders and backgrounds.

Full report at:

http://www.voanews.com/english/news/usa/arts/Online-Film-Competition-Focuses-on-Muslim-Women--106699379.html

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Prince Turki warns of neo-con agenda

6 November 2010

WASHINGTON: Prince Turki Al-Faisal, the former intelligence officer for the Kingdom, who also served as ambassador the US, told an audience at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington that he is concerned that the Republican victories this week will encourage “neoconservatives” and “warmongers” to push back against the Obama administration’s peace initiative in the Middle East.

Prince Turki told the audience that…. “neocon advisers, American conservatives and Zionist extremists” promoted polices “that continually throw a wrench into the progress of peace.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article181121.ece

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Dubai Customs launches working mother award

Ahmed Shaaban

6 November 2010

 Dubai Customs on Thursday launched the Working Mother Award 2010 to recognise the female employees who keep a balance between social and professional life.

The award, the first of its kind in government and local departments, is launched in cooperation with the Dubai Women Establishment under the patronage of Shaikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of the Establishment.

The award is aimed to increase female employees’ satisfaction and maintain the competent and well-qualified female cadre. It also seeks to provide a tool for reinforcing fruitful competition among the female employees at the department through providing incentives and encouraging conditions.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/November/theuae_November155.xml&section=theuae

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Obama Is Not Likely to Push India Hard on Pakistan

By LYDIA POLGREEN and MARK LANDLER

6 November 2010

NEW DELHI — Senior American military commanders have sought to press India to formally disavow an obscure military doctrine that they contend is fueling tensions between India and Pakistan and hindering the American war effort in Afghanistan.

But with President Obama arriving in India on Saturday for a closely watched three-day visit, administration officials said they did not expect him to broach the subject of the doctrine, known informally as Cold Start. At the most, these officials predicted, Mr. Obama will quietly encourage India’s leaders to do what they can to cool tensions between these nuclear-armed neighbors.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/06/world/asia/06india.html?ref=world

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Christian, Muslim leaders call for interfaith crisis-prevention group

By Bob Allen

November 06, 2010

GENEVA, Switzerland (ABP) -- Global Christian and Muslim leaders meeting Nov. 1-4 in Switzerland condemned the deadly Oct. 31 attack on a church in Iraq and called for formation of a working group to be mobilized whenever a crisis involving conflict between Muslims and Christians arises.

The meeting -- convened at the World Council of Churches headquarters in Geneva to seek concrete ways for Muslims and Christians to build a common future in pluralistic societies -- came while the al-Qaeda-linked Islamic State of Iraq claimed responsibility for the Sunday attack on the Our Lady of Salvation Chaldean Catholic Church in Baghdad. It killed 58 and injured many more.

Full report at:

http://www.abpnews.com/content/view/5848/53/

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Pakistan hands over 13th dossier on Mumbai attacks to India

Nov 6, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has handed over to India its latest dossier on the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks and a formal request regarding its proposal to send a commission to interview key witnesses in India in connection with the trial of seven Pakistani suspects linked to the incident.

Indian Deputy High Commissioner Rahul Kulshreshth was called late Friday evening to the Foreign Office, where Director General ( South Asia) Afrasiab Mehdi Hashmi handed over Pakistan's 13th dossier on the Mumbai incident and the formal proposal for sending the commission to India.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistan-hands-over-13th-dossier-on-Mumbai-attacks-to-India/articleshow/6879331.cms#ixzz14UkEdBJR

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Saudis Warned U.S. of Attack Before Parcel Bomb Plot

By ERIC SCHMITT and SCOTT SHANE

6 November 2010

WASHINGTON — Saudi intelligence officials warned the United States in early October that Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen was planning a terrorist attack using one or more aircraft, three weeks before a plot to send parcel bombs on cargo planes was foiled at the last minute, American and European officials said Friday.

The Saudi warning came days after American officials intercepted several packages in mid-September that contained books, papers, CDs and other household items shipped to Chicago from Yemen. The Americans considered the possibility that those parcels might be a test run for a terrorist attack.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/06/world/middleeast/06terror.html?_r=1&hp

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Gazans mark the 54th anniversary of the Khan Younis massacre

6 November 2010

Hamas held on Friday evening a memorial to mark the 54th anniversary of the Khan Younis massacre in which IOF invading troops killed 1200 Palestinians from the city and refugee camp of Khan Younis.

GAZA (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Hamas held on Friday evening a memorial to mark the 54th anniversary of the Khan Younis massacre in which IOF invading troops killed 1200 Palestinians from the city and refugee camp of Khan Younis.

The massacre took place on 3 November 1956 the invading IOF troops rounded up residents of Khan Younis and its refugee camp and shot them on the streets and in their homes under the pretext that there was resistance to the invasion.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=211967

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Top Shiite Cleric Urges Protection For Ordinary Iraqis

6 November 2010

The leader of Iraq's Shiite Muslims has urged the country's security forces to devise new methods for protecting ordinary Iraqis from terrorist attacks, reports said on Friday.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The leader of Iraq's Shiite Muslims has urged the country's security forces to devise new methods for protecting ordinary Iraqis from terrorist attacks, reports said on Friday.

Sheikh Ahmed al-Safi's call for bolstering the security apparatus came in the wake of Sunday's deadly attacks at a church in the capital Baghdad.

At least 52 worshippers were killed and over 72 injured in the outrage at the Assyrian "Our Lady of Salvation" Catholic church.

A pro-al Qaeda group calling itself, the "Islamic State of Iraq," has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=211958

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OIC warns about rising Islamophobia?

6 November 2010

The leader of the world's largest Islamic organization has likened the rise of Islamophobia in Europe and the US to "the rise of anti-Semitism in the 1930s."

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - The leader of the world's largest Islamic organization has likened the rise of Islamophobia in Europe and the US to "the rise of anti-Semitism in the 1930s."

Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, secretary general of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), on Friday said xenophobia directed at Muslim immigrants was starting to have a definite effect, especially in Europe.

"I'm afraid that we are going through a process like the beginning of the '30s of the last century, when an anti-Semitic agenda became politically a big issue (together with) the rise of fascism and Naziism…. I think now we are in the first stages of such a thing," he said in an interview with AFP.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=211954

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Thousands of Indian Muslims stage demonstration against Obama visit

6 November 2010

Thousands of Indian Muslims mainly Shi'as Friday staged a demonstration against US President, Barack Obama’s India visit, beginning from Saturday, November 6.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Led by renowned Shia Scholar, Maulana Syed Kalbe Jawwad, General Secretary, Majlis Ulema-e-Hind, thousands of Muslims after Friday Prayers, staged a demonstration at historical Asafi Imambara in Lucknow to protest US President’s India visit.

Holding anti-US and anti-Israel placards that read 'Obama go back”, “Obama Murdabad”, “Death to America”, “Death to Israel”, the demonstrators also burnt US flag. Earlier, addressing the demonstrators, Jawwad, Friday Prayer leader of Asafi Mosque said: 'The visit of Obama will not benefit the country in anyway and linking it with progress is baseless'.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=211951

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BJP asks Centre to intervene in Ayodhya dispute

Nov 06 2010

Ayodhya : BJP on Friday demanded the Centre's intervention in the ongoing negotiation process of the Ayodhya dispute.

"During Atal Bihari Vajpayee's regime in the NDA government, the negotiation started by Kanchi Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati was almost finalised, now it the responsibility of union government to restart the movement from the same place where it stopped," BJP national general secretary and Member of Parliament Vinay Katiyar said.

He said, "Ayodhya dispute is not a local issue, it is now an international issue, concerned with Hindus and Muslims globally, to solve such a big issue, efforts must be done from the prime ministerial level."

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/bjp-asks-centre-to-intervene-in-ayodhya-dispute/707551/

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US not sensitive to sentiments of Pakistani people: Musharraf

Nov 06 2010

Washington : By omitting Pakistan from the itinerary of his current trip to Asia, starting with India, President Barack Obama has shown that the US is "not sensitive" to the sentiments of Pakistani people, former President Pervez Musharraf has said.

Disappointed that Obama would not be visiting Pakistan during the trip, Musharraf has also conceded that the US president is unlikely to take up the issue of Kashmir during his meetings with the Indian leaders.

"I would take it as a disappointment, yes, indeed." This reflects that the US president is not sensitive to the sentiments of the people of Pakistan, Musharraf, the former military ruler who stepped down in 2008, told MSNBC television.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-not-sensitive-to-sentiments-of-pakistani-people-musharraf/707553/

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Imran Farooq’s body shifted to MQM headquarters

6 November 2010

KARACHI: Slain Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Dr Imran Farooq’s body was shifted to the MQM headquarters, better known as ‘Nine Zero’, from his Sharifabad residence in Karachi on Saturday.

Earlier today, a PIA aircraft carrying the body arrived at the Karachi airport. The body was then shifted into an ambulance of the Khidmat-i-Khalq Foundation (KKF). Several MQM leaders and workers had gathered at the airport to receive the body.

From Nine Zero, Dr Farooq’s body is expected to be taken to the Jinnah Ground in Azizabad where his funeral prayer is to be offered after the Zuhar prayer.

Full report at:

http://public.dawn.com/2010/11/06/mqm-leaders-at-karachi-airport-to-receive-imran-farooq%E2%80%99s-body.html

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More women respected in Pakistan than India: Report

Nov 6, 2010

NEW DELHI: Compared to India, a higher percentage of women in Pakistan feel they are treated with respect, says a United Nations Development Programme ( UNDP) report.

According to the report, 81 percent women in Pakistan are treated with respect as compared to 79 percent in India. Even Bangladesh - with 86 percent - fares better on this index than India.

The report, titled "The Real Wealth of Nations: Pathways to Human Development", had a global launch Thursday evening and is the 20th anniversary edition.

India's other neighbours - Sri Lanka and Nepal - however, have fewer women feeling that they are treated with dignity. In Sri Lanka, the percentage is 75 percent and in Nepal it is 44 percent.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/More-women-respected-in-Pakistan-than-India-Report/articleshow/6877537.cms#ixzz14TPJns4d

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WikiLeaks founder mulls asylum in Switzerland

Nov 6, 2010

GENEVA: The founder of WikiLeaks said on Friday he may apply for asylum in Switzerland, claiming he and his group have come under increasing pressure since releasing hundreds of thousands of secret US military documents.

Julian Assange said told reporters he was ``still looking into the process'' of requesting asylum, but was considering the Alpine country because ``the Swiss have a history of fierce independence.''

In October, Sweden denied Assange's application for a residence permit. The Australian had sought to establish a base for WikiLeaks in Sweden to take advantage of its laws protecting whistle-blowers.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/WikiLeaks-founder-mulls-asylum-in-Switzerland-/articleshow/6876967.cms#ixzz14TPSrHmu

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Pak mum on panel, India worried over 26/11 trial

Raghvendra Rao

Nov 06 2010

New Delhi : A week before a Pakistan court conducts the next hearing into the trial of Lashkar-e-Toiba commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi and six others for their alleged involvement in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, there are concerns within the Indian government over the fact that Pakistan has still not responded to clarifications sought by India about Islamabad’s proposal to send a Judicial Commission to India to examine key officials involved in the trial of Ajmal Kasab.

India is worried that not getting a clear sense about this Judicial Commission will only delay the trial further.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-mum-on-panel-india-worried-over-26-11-trial/707469/

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US denounces Pakistan mosque attacks as ‘brutal’

6 November 2010

WASHINGTON: The United States Friday condemned two attacks on mosques in Pakistan, saying they “brutally targeted innocent people” at places of worship.

“Whoever was responsible has demonstrated a clear disregard for the Pakistani people and for the peaceful religion they practice,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.

“The United States will continue to work with the government of Pakistan to combat violent extremism.”

“The United States condemns today’s two bombings that took place at mosques in Pakistan which brutally targeted innocent people at worship,” Toner said.

http://public.dawn.com/2010/11/06/us-denounces-pakistan-mosque-attacks-as-brutal.html

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UN warns of aid shortfall for Pakistan flood victims

6 November 2010

GENEVA: A shortfall in international aid is jeopardising key potable water, nutrition and vaccination programmes for more than a million Pakistani flood victims, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned Friday.

If significant assistance doesn’t arrive by the year’s end, “1.4 million people, around half of them children, will stop receiving clean water,” said UNICEF spokeswoman Marixie Mercado.

The agency’s programmes to fight malnutrition may also be halved without major, timely aid and some 11 million children will be left out of its measles vaccination campaign, Mercado said.

Full report at:

http://public.dawn.com/2010/11/06/un-warns-of-aid-shortfall-for-pakistan-flood-victims.html

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Syria risks IAEA action over suspected atom site

6 November 2010

VIENNA: The United States warned Syria on Friday it may face action by governors of the UN nuclear watchdog if Damascus fails to give its inspectors access to the remains of a suspected nuclear site in the desert.

It has been over two years since the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was allowed to visit the Dair Alzour site in Syria where secret nuclear activity may have taken place before it was bombed to rubble by Israel in 2007.

US intelligence reports have said it was a nascent North Korean-designed reactor geared to produce bomb fuel. Syria, an ally of Iran which is under IAEA scrutiny over its uranium enrichment drive, denies hiding nuclear work from inspectors.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article181101.ece

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Israelis mull leaving settlers in Palestine

6 November 2010

JERUSALEM: It has become an article of faith in the Israeli-Palestinian equation: Israel’s withdrawal from occupied lands must be accompanied by a removal of Jewish settlers.

But perhaps there’s another option.

Although it’s hardly mainstream thinking, voices on both sides are quietly contemplating an alternative: Perhaps some Jews can live in a future Palestine, even if only in small numbers, the way Arabs live in Israel.

That would reduce Israel’s challenge, perhaps avoiding possible violent settler resistance. It would also absolve the Palestinians of an uncomfortable charge sometimes leveled at them using a Nazi term — that they want a state that is “judenrein,” or “free of Jews.”

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article181031.ece

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Iraqi Al-Qaeda group predicts more bloody days

6 November 2010

BAGHDAD: Al Qaeda's Iraqi affiliate said on Friday that recent attacks in Baghdad were "the beginning of the downpour" and many more bloody days would come.

The Islamic State of Iraq's statement posted on radical Islamic websites appeared to link the escalation in attacks to signs that incumbent Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki, a Shiite, might secure a second term.

In vague language, the statement said the Sunni insurgency was launching a new campaign because it was "disillusioned by the return of the Safawis' project," a term it has used to describe Shiite political supremacy in Iraq.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article181039.ece

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Basra hosts first foreign circus in decades

6 November 2010

BASRA: The Iraqi audience roared with laughter as the clowns, one fat and one thin, pretended to walk along a tightrope stretched on the ground.

They burst into delighted applause and whistles when a female animal trainer from Ukraine performed a short belly dance before presenting an eclectic mix of chimpanzees, dogs, snakes and a porcupine.

The first foreign circus to unfurl its tent flaps in southern Iraq in possibly decades has taken the oil city of Basra by storm, bringing laughter to a public grown weary of bloodshed and tears.

The traveling Monte Carlo circus and its retinue of foreign acrobats, jugglers and clowns is a sign of improved security in Basra, once ruled by gangs and militias when sectarian violence flared after the 2003 US-led invasion.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article181034.ece

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Dubai wears the pink message on its sleeve

6 November 2010

It may be November, yet the emirate remains awash in the pink afterglow of Breast Cancer Awareness Month as this Friday marked the seventh annual Pink Walkathon, the BurJuman Centre’s charity walk that over the years has become a vital part of Dubai’s calendar of events.

As the most extensive Breast Cancer Awareness Programme in the Middle East, the Safe and Sound campaign’s year-long initiative garners most of its support through their annual non-competitive charity walkathon aimed at raising both awareness and funds for breast cancer. A sea of more than 8,000 participants moved in unison along the Bur Dubai area for the 3.6km walk, including many families pushing pink-clad babies in matching pink strollers.

Aside from the T-shirts and hot pink caps distributed upon registration, most participants embraced the symbolism of the colour pink in their fashion choices to highlight the cohesive goal of the campaign.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/November/theuae_November156.xml&section=theuae

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World powers are united on Iran uranium offer

6 November 2010

PARIS — The six world powers involved in negotiations with Iran are united on the need to update an offer to send some of Teheran’s uranium overseas for enrichment, France’s foreign ministry said on Friday.

“There is no disagreement among the six (Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia the United States) on the need to update the offer made to Iran in the autumn of 2009 and there is also no disagreement on the principle and parameters of this update,” the ministry said.

The six nations proposed last year that Iran transfer 1,200 kilos (roughly 2,600 pounds) of its low-enriched uranium to Russia and then to France for further enrichment for a Tehran research reactor.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/November/middleeast_November106.xml&section=middleeast

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