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Nicolas Sarkozy 'received £40m from Muammar Gaddafi'

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

Nicolas Sarkozy 'received £40m from Muammar Gaddafi'

Muslim parents sue UK primary school for banning Hijab

Ethiopia says breaks up Islamist militant cell

OIC slams French caricature of Prophet

French weekly prints Prophet Muhammad drawing

Ongoing Violence In Daghestan Deters Would-Be Emigres From Leaving Syria

 

India

Pak Army describes ‘homegrown militancy, not India’ as ‘biggest threat’ to national security

Relief to UP Muslim youth arrested or terror charges

HC rejects PILs challenging govt move to ‘drop’ terror cases

Rajiv Gandhi ‘Ullu ka Pattha’? Technical vulgarity of Urdu daily

Delhi H C Judge's take on Muslim marriage laws gets mixed reactions

Muslims to witness RSS ‘ekatrikaran’ programme

Sir Creek forgotten, Pakistan delegation to attend Vibrant Gujarat summit

Iran echoes India over fillip to `opportunistic’ terrorism in Afghanistan

Electricity bills list 'Chota Pakistan' as address for Muslim families in Mumbai suburb

Motorcyle rally to Wagah to create awareness on blood donation

J & K govt takes lead in framing law to hang rapists

Curb on visas to Maldivians could hit Indian hospitals

Indian ingredient led to cough syrup deaths: Pak. officials

Congress MP against Javed Miandad's India visit

Terror accused's mother says her son is innocent

Gaping holes in Pak's 26/11 probe, says India

After GMR fracas, Male finally out to mend fences with Delhi

Samjhauta accused says he killed ‘porn filmmaker’

Surveyed Malegaon week before ’06 blasts, ‘admits’ accused

North-south corridor key to bilateral relations, says Iran

Pak sending fake currency via drug smugglers: NIA

IAF airlifts 154 more stranded people in J&K

 

Central Asia

Central Asians Stand By 'Un-Islamic' New Year's Traditions

 

Pakistan

Pak warlord Mullah Nazir among 10 killed in US drone strike

Military readjusts to fight enemy at home

Tahir ul Qadri says he is ready for dialogue with President, PM

Tahir ul Qadri should clarify if he would contest polls: Kaira

Taliban’s truce offer: Army advises govt to thrash out strategy

Afghan warlord Hekmatyar denies links with Pakistani Taliban

The Taliban murdered innocent aid workers in Pakistan because of a paranoid conspiracy theory about polio vaccine

Pak to allow bustard hunting despite Indian concerns

Malik fails to persuade Altaf against joining March

Overcoming resistance to polio immunisation a tall order for KP

Pakistan, KSA favour Afghan peace: Hina

Pakistani-Brit blind justice meets Nizami

MQM observes mourning day

Memon’s cousin among seven dead in violence

Two terrorists killed in Miranshah

Pakistan’s ‘halal’ Facebook starved of cash

Fazl not clear about forces behind Qadri

Release of Wapda workers Court asks KP govt to arrange ransom

 

Arab World

Air raid on petrol station in Damascus suburb kills 30-activists

Attacks kill three in Iraq ahead of Shiite ceremony

Deadly Iraq bombings near Kirkuk

Preaching the gospel of liberalism to the Jordanian street

Syria's 'truly shocking' death toll passes 60,000

Syrian rebels attack military airport in northwest

$ 7 billion east-west railway project on target

OIC rights team may visit Palestine

Mubarak watched uprising: Egypt commission

Haddad’s visit to UAE includes message to Sheikh Khalifa

Shiites flood Iraq shrine city for mourning rituals

Socialist Alliance condemns Moussa's Brotherhood-opposition 'truce' idea

Islamist activist discharged after Tahrir Square beating

Egypt opposition forces to attend Morsi's National Dialogue talks

Egypt questions suspected Israeli spy

Saudi activists urge release of writer who 'insulted' Islam

Syrian refugee influx could ruin Lebanon: Bassil

Lebanon to dance on volcano in 2013

Iraq and Britain discuss prisoner swap

Report Says Mubarak Dictated Fierce Response to Egypt Protests

Egypt: Hosni Mubarak could face retrial over watching uprising live on TV

Bouncing cheques still a crime for expats in UAE

 

Africa

The difficult question of Muslim and Christian marriage in Senegal

Libya lifts Qaddafi-era travel ban

Central Africa rebels agree to peace talks

Bashir agrees to Friday summit with S. Sudan

Congo president pledges early national unity for ‘survival’

Jordanian peacekeepers released in Sudan

Uganda drops 'homophobic charges' against British man

Calls to pass the anti-gay Bill dominate Uganda's New Year messages

 

South Asia

Afghan Prisoner Accused of Killing Wife during Conjugal Visit

The mindlessness of war in Afghanistan

Malaysia resumes hiring Bangladeshi migrants

Shibir men again in brisk processions in city

Jamaat-Shibir men clash with cops

Afghan War Commander Gives Options for After ’14

Bangladesh PM gets legal notice for ‘defamatory statement’

 

Mideast Asia

Palestinians urge Arabs to pay pledged funds

Benjamin Netanyahu losing support ahead of election

Iran claims shooting down two US drones

Israeli army exercise forces Palestinian evacuation

Israel orders Bedouins to leave West Bank area

Fatah set to celebrate 48th anniversary in Gaza City

Turkish former army chief arrested over 1997 coup: Report

 

Southeast Asia

Indonesian Government to Sell Seven SOEs As Part of Expansion Strategy

Philippine communist rebels call off truce

Thailand to repatriate Rohingya refugees

The 5 must-see Indonesian films of 2012

 

North America

With few Muslim foster families in North Texas, children placed with families of other faiths

US concerned about restrictions on media freedom in Egypt

Media blackout lifted on kidnapping of US journalist in Syria

Headley sentencing rescheduled to Jan 24

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Nicholas Sarkozy with Gaddafi in 2007

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Europe

 

Nicolas Sarkozy 'received £40m from Muammar Gaddafi'

A Franco-Lebanese businessman who has been implicated in some of France's biggest arms scandals has claimed he has proof that former president Nicolas Sarkozy received 50m euros (£40m) in funding from former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

 03 Jan 2013

A Franco-Lebanese businessman who has been implicated in some of France’s biggest arms scandals has claimed he has proof that former French president Nicolas Sarkozy received 50m euros (£40m) in funding from former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

Businessman Ziad Takieddine told a French judge that Mr Sarkozy received the money during his 2007 presidential campaign and after the election, from the former dictator, according to a report in the French daily newspaper Le Parisien.

Similar claims, all denied by Mr Sarkozy, have been made by Saif-Al Islam Gaddafi, one of Mr Gaddafi’s sons, and a French investigative website.

Mr Takieddine, a fixer for legal and allegedly illegal dealings between France and the Middle East, alleged Mr Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential campaign was “abundantly” funded by Gaddafi from Dec 2006 and that the flow of money continued after he became president.

The businessman said he was willing to produce proof of his claims if a judicial investigation was launched into Libya’s financing of French politicians.

Former interior minister Claude Gueant, and his son were also said to have been involved with the generous Gaddafi handouts, according to Mr Takieddine, who is accused of receiving illegal kickbacks on French arms deals to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and was being questioned by a French judge on Dec 19 about those deals when he made his claims.

He told the judge that the bulk of the money was paid between December 2006 and January 2007 and he could supply the paperwork to back up his claims.

“Yes, Libya financed Sarkozy, “ he told Le Parisien.

The allegations have been discounted as “outrageous” and “self-interested” by sources close to Mr Sarkozy.

French law bans candidates from receiving cash payments above £6,300.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/nicolas-sarkozy/9777075/Nicolas-Sarkozy-received-40m-from-Muammar-Gaddafi.html

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Muslim parents sue UK primary school for banning hijab

Jan 03 2013

London: A primary school in the UK is being sued by Muslim parents after it banned pupils from wearing the traditional Islamic headscarf.

St Cyprian’s Greek Orthodox primary in south London is being hauled before the high court amid claims that its uniform policy breaches children’s religious freedom.

The couple insisted it would be a sin if their nine-year-old daughter’s head is uncovered while in the presence of male teachers, a media report said.

According to the report, the move represents the latest in a series of legal challenges against school uniform rules on religious and racial grounds.

In a landmark case six years ago, a Muslim schoolgirl, Shabina Begum, successfully challenged a decision by a Luton secondary school to refuse to allow her to wear a traditional gown, although the judgment was later overturned by the Court of Appeal, the report said.

Last year, a north London school was also found to have broken anti-discrimination legislation when it turned away a pupil for wearing cornrow braids in his hair, the report added.

According to the report, current government guidance on uniforms said schools should ‘act reasonably’ in accommodating various beliefs relating to clothes, hair and religious artefacts.

In the latest case, parents are believed to have enrolled their daughter at the Greek Orthodox primary in Thornton Heath two years ago after pulling her out of a private school.

The couple appealed to governors after the girl was prevented from wearing the traditional Muslim hijab in class.

They withdrew the child and launched a legal challenge with the high court when the school refused to reverse the ban.

Kate Magliocco, the head, said the girl’s parents believed that "she has reached puberty and it would be a sin for her not to be covered because the school has male teachers".

According to the report, the uniform policy on the school’s website requires girls to wear a dark blue coat, an optional blazer, a skirt, white blouse and a navy blue pullover, but fails to mention a ban on headscarves.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/muslim-parents-sue-uk-primary-school-for-banning-hijab/1053998/

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Ethiopia says breaks up Islamist militant cell

2 Jan 2013

Ethiopian police have arrested 15 suspected militants allegedly trained by Islamist rebels in neighbouring Somalia and who were plotting attacks in Ethiopia, the country's intelligence agency said on Wednesday.

The arrests were the latest in a crackdown on what senior officials say is a growing threat from militant Islam in Ethiopia, a Horn of Africa nation predominantly comprised of Orthodox Christians and a large minority of Muslims.

The would-be militants were caught following a 20-day sting operation while they plotted to set up cells in the eastern town of Harar and in Kemise in the northeast, the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) said.

"Members of the group were recruited, trained and armed by Somalia's al Shabaab and their aim was to wage Jihad (holy war) and stage attacks inside the country," an NISS statement said, aired by the state-run Ethiopian Television.

Addis Ababa has sent troops to Somalia to help other African countries battling to crush al Shabaab's six-year insurgency.

The suspects, whose nationalities were not disclosed, were said to have crossed into Ethiopia from Somalia and Kenya.

Wednesday's TV report showed police displaying large amounts of arms including rifles and grenades, as well as black flags with Arabic inscriptions. The report said CDs and video tapes of "jihadist messages" were also seized during the operation.

On Tuesday, an Ethiopian court convicted 10 other militants of preparing strikes on political and economic targets in Ethiopia with the help of Somalia's al Qaeda-allied al Shabaab.

Muslims in Ethiopia staged several mass protests last year against perceived interference in Islamic affairs. Several leaders of a committee that led the protests now face trial.

Ethiopia fought Islamist rebels in Somalia in 2006-2009 and sent troops back in 2011 to fight al Shabaab, opening a third front alongside Kenyan troops and an African Union mission.

The onslaught on rebels in Somalia has gained ground in the past two years. Al Shabaab withdrew from the southern port of Kismayu in September, its last major urban stronghold, heralding its demise as a quasi-conventional military force.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/61707/World/Region/Ethiopia-says-breaks-up-Islamist-militant-cell.aspx

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OIC slams French caricature of Prophet

3 January 2013

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has slammed caricatures of the Prophet (peace be upon him), published in the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, saying it incites hatred and intolerance against Muslims.

OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu expressed concern at the publication of the comic book series on the life of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/oic-slams-french-caricature-prophet

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French weekly prints Prophet Muhammad drawing

02 Jan 2013

A French satirical magazine, whose offices were fire-bombed after it published cartoons on the Prophet Muhammad last September, has published a 64-page special issue with cartoons on the life of Islam's founder.

The editor of Charlie Hebdo weekly insisted that the publication titled "The Life of Muhammad", which was published on Wednesday, was a properly researched and educational work prepared by a Franco-Tunisian sociologist.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/01/201312111048252465.html

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Ongoing Violence In Daghestan Deters Would-Be Emigres From Leaving Syria

December 31, 2012

In addition to Armenian, Circassian, Chechen, and Ossetian minorities, Syria is also home to an estimated 7,000-9,000 people whose ancestors settled there after leaving Daghestan following the Caucasus wars of the mid-19th century. Members of that Daghestani community, most of whom live in Homs or the village of Derfoul, have sought for the past two years to avoid taking sides in the ongoing fighting between opposition forces and government troops loyal to President Bashar Assad. But since government forces bombarded Derfoul in a bid to destroy a nearby military base seized by the opposition, some 200 Syrian Daghestanis have drafted an appeal to the Russian authorities for help in leaving Syria, acquiring the recognized status of refugees, and settling in Daghestan.

Full report at:

http://www.rferl.org/content/ongoing-violence-daghestan-deters-wouldbe-emigres-leaving-syria/24813004.html

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India

 

Pak Army describes ‘homegrown militancy, not India’ as ‘biggest threat’ to national security

Jan 03 2013

Pakistan Army has described homegrown militancy as the ‘biggest threat’ to national security.

For decades, the army considered India as its No 1 enemy, but growing extremism in the country compelled the military chiefs to review its strategy.

According to the new Army Doctrine, ongoing activities of Taliban militants in the restive tribal regions and unabated terrorist attacks on government installations in major cities were posing a real threat to Pakistan’s security.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/1053915/

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Relief to UP Muslim youth arrested or terror charges

New Age Islam Edit Desk

January 3, 2013

Lucknow:  The Muslim youth of Uttar Pradesh arrested on terror charges got some relief after the UP Governor Banwari Lal Joshi replying to a letter written to him by the a lawyer M S Khan fighting the case of these Muslims said that the government would take action on the allegations that all the cases against these Muslims were being run illegally as the UP ATS had not obtained the permission of the governor before preparing the cases against them. Mr Khan had demanded that all the youths arrested illegally should be released immediately.

This information was released by the secretary of the Legal  Aid Committee of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (Arshad Madani), Gulzar Azmi. He told the press that first the lawyer Mr Khan submit an application under RTI Act to ascertain whether the approval of governor was obtained before registering the cases against the accused and on getting a reply in the negative, he wrote to the governor informing him of the irregularity. The secretary of the governor assured him that appropriate steps would be taken on the issue and his complaint was sent to the registrar general of the High Court and to the chief secretary of the state government with the instruction for appropriate step.

Advocate Khan also said that at present the UP police has prepared more than fifty cases under anti-terrorism laws and hundreds of Muslim youth are languishing in jails. In most of the cases the hearing is not being done. Referring to a similar case, he disclosed the fact that the Uttar Pradesh police spends about two lakhs in just bringing the accused from  the jail to the court and in one case there were hundred hearings in four years but the statements of only four witnesses have been recorded in the court.

Refering to the cases of terror accused Raghvendra Singh and Md Nayeem in the Supreme Court, Mr Khan said that in the both the cases the honourable Supreme Court had ruled that the approval of the Governor of the state and the central government was necessary before initiating a case under terror charges and had also defined the purview of the state and central governments.

He further said that all the cases had been framed in violation of the orders of the honourable Supreme Court and all the steps taken against the accused were unconstitutional and illegal.He hoped that if the Akhilesh Singh led UP government accepts our argument, then the release of all the accused will be possible.

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HC rejects PILs challenging govt move to ‘drop’ terror cases

 Jan 03 2013

Allahabad : The Allahabad High Court on Wednesday rejected two PILs challenging the government’s alleged move to withdraw cases against the accused involved in the terror attack on the Rampur CRPF camp in 2007 and the serial blasts of Varanasi in 2006.

Both PILs were filed by Nityanand Chaubey, a social activist from Varanasi, and were being heard together by a division bench of Acting Chief Justice Shiva Kirti Singh and Justice Dilip Gupta, which dismissed the PILs.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/hc-rejects-pils-challenging-govt-move-to--drop--terror-cases/1053729/

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Rajiv Gandhi ‘Ullu ka Pattha’? Technical vulgarity of Urdu daily

New Age Islam Edit Desk

January 3, 2013

New Delhi: An Urdu daily of Delhi ‘Hamara Samaj’ has been committing a sort of blasphemy against the former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi for the last four months. On the home page of the daily there is a picture of Urdu fiction writer Sadat Hasan Manto and the title of one of his Urdu short stories ‘Ullu ka pattha’ is printed alongside his photo. Below the picture the link to the short story is given with the instruction ‘Read more’. When the reader clicks on the link, it leads the reader to a page in which there is an article titled ‘Rajiv Gandhi: Ajeeb Admi tha woh’ (Rajiv Gandhi: a peculiar personality) with a blow up of Rajiv Gandhi in the middle of the page. Though the article was published in the issue of 20th August 2012 on his birth anniversary, the page has not yet been updated. So whenever the reader clicks on the icon ‘Ullu ka pattha’ the page with the photograph of Rajiv Gandhi opens up with the title of the article ‘ajeeb admi tha woh’ seemingly echoing the words ‘Ullu Ka Pattha’ creating a bad taste in the mind of readers. But the editors seem to be unmoved and insensitive to this ‘goof up’!

The link to the page of Hamara Samaj is given below:

http://www.hamarasamaj.com/delhi/kaumi.html

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Delhi HC Judge's take on Muslim marriage laws gets mixed reactions

Jan 3, 2013

HYDERABAD: The observations of New Delhi additional sessions judge Kamini Lau that Islam does not encourage polygamy has evoked mixed reactions from scholars of Islam and activists of the city. While some agreed with Lau's remarks, others said courts in a secular country should not interpret Islamic law.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/hyderabad/Judges-take-on-Muslim-marriage-laws-gets-mixed-reactions/articleshow/17864838.cms

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Muslims to witness RSS ‘ekatrikaran’ programme

Jan 3, 2013

INDORE: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh seems to have taken a step to reach out to Muslims by allowing 100 Muslims from different parts of the country to witness its 'ekatrikaran' or 'gathering' programme. The programme will be addressed by the RSS sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagwat on January 6.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/indore/Muslims-to-witness-RSS-ekatrikaran-programme/articleshow/17865283.cms

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Sir Creek forgotten, Pakistan delegation to attend Vibrant Gujarat summit

Jan 3, 2013

GANDHINAGAR: Narendra Modi's Sadbhavana has crossed the border via Sir Creek into Pakistan. A decade after his 'Miyan Musharraf' tirades, the Gujarat chief minister has rolled out the red carpet to a delegation from the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the sixth Vibrant Gujarat Investor Summit later this month.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sir-Creek-forgotten-Pakistan-delegation-to-attend-Vibrant-Gujarat-summit/articleshow/17864979.cms

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Iran echoes India over fillip to `opportunistic’ terrorism in Afghanistan

Jan 3, 2013

NEW DELHI: As Afghanistan — pushed by the US and the UK — peddles a peace process roadmap which seeks to bring the Taliban into government, it is not just India that is raising red flags. Iran's national security adviser ( NSA) Saeed Jalili, said it was a matter of concern that in over a decade of foreign military presence, there was no respite in terrorism in war-torn Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Iran-echoes-India-over-fillip-to-opportunistic-terrorism-in-Afghanistan/articleshow/17865757.cms

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Electricity bills list 'Chota Pakistan' as address for Muslim families in Mumbai suburb

January 03, 2013

Mumbai: In Mumbai's notorious evening rush hour, the drive to Thane's Nallasopara on the outskirts of the city can take over two hours.

 Within one of the many crowded slums here is a cluster of about 500 shanties that belong to Muslim families.

Full report at:

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/electricity-bills-list-chota-pakistan-as-address-for-muslim-families-in-mumbai-suburb-312674

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Motorcyle rally to Wagah to create awareness on blood donation

January 03, 2013

Karimganj, Assam: Twenty motorcyclists on Thursday left for Wagah, bordering Pakistan, to generate awareness on blood donation. The rally, organized by the Barak Valley Voluntary Blood Donors' Forum to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, was kicked off from Sutarkandi in Karimganj district, bordering Bangladesh.

Full report at:

http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/motorcyle-rally-to-wagah-to-create-awareness-on-blood-donation-312893

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Omar govt takes lead in framing law to hang rapists

By Naseer Ganai in Srinagar

January 03, 2013

JAMMU and Kashmir is all set to become the first state in the country to change the laws regarding rape and incorporate the provision for awarding capital punishment to the accused.

“ On the direction of chief minister Omar Abdullah, minister for law, justice and parliamentary affairs Ali Mohammad Sagar held a meeting to review the laws related to rape. Full report at: Mail Today

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Curb on visas to Maldivians could hit Indian hospitals

S. ANIL RADHAKRISHNAN

SUJATHA RAGHUNATH

AFSHAN YASMEEN

Jan 03 2013

The decision of the Union Government to stop Maldivians from using their visa-free travel facilities to India for other activities could hit medical tourism in the southern states.

Maldivians come to hospitals in Kerala, Chennai and Karnataka. Many use the visa-on-arrival facility, so far available to them, to take a tourist visa and get treated. Maldivians will now need medical visas for treatment in Indian hospitals.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/curb-on-visas-to-maldivians-could-hit-indian-hospitals/article4266210.ece

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Indian ingredient led to cough syrup deaths: Pak. officials

Jan 03 2013

Days after an adulterated cough syrup caused the death of 40 people, a senior Pakistani official contended that an ingredient, imported from India to make the medicine, was to blame. A manufacturing association here described the claim as “ridiculous.”

Nisar Ahmad Cheema, Director General of Health of Punjab province, told reporters that dextromethorphan — an active ingredient imported from India — was found to be responsible for the cough syrup-related deaths here and in Gujranwala districts.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/indian-ingredient-led-to-cough-syrup-deaths-pak-officials/article4266212.ece

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Congress MP against Javed Miandad's India visit

Jan 03 2013

New Delhi : A lawmaker of the Congress Party on Thursday said he was not in favour of former Pakistan cricket skipper Javed Miandad being given a visa to visit India for the ongoing one-day match series, saying it will hurt the sentiments of the people of the country for he shares close family ties with India's most wanted gangster-turned-terrorist Dawood Ibrahim.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/congress-mp-against-javed-miandads-india-visit/1053952/

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Terror accused's mother says her son is innocent

Mohammed Akhef

 Jan 1, 2013

AURANGABAD: Hundreds of women joined Ayesha Jamal, the mother Kashif Biyabani, a suspect in the JM Road blasts in Pune, in a protest rally at the collectorate on Monday. They were demanding the release of Biyabani and other men who have been in the prison for many years now.

Full report at:

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-01-01/aurangabad/36093374_1_collectorate-agitation-jm-road-blasts

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Gaping holes in Pak's 26/11 probe, says India

Shishir Gupta, Hindustan Times

 January 03, 2013

The Indian delegation, which went to Islamabad for expediting the 26/11 probe, found serious lacunae in the Pakistani investigation after it observed that seven Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) accused, including operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, had been charged only with criminal conspiracy - not murder.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Gaping-holes-in-Pak-s-26-11-probe-says-India/Article1-984187.aspx

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After GMR fracas, Male finally out to mend fences with Delhi

Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times

 January 02, 2013

After the freezing of ties with India following the cancellation of the GMR contract for Male airport, Maldives has finally warmed up to New Delhi - listing out a series of measures across various categories to enhance the inflow of Indian tourists.

In a communication to the Indian government on December 30, Maldives said it is taking steps to 'strengthen' existing ties between the two countries. It also sought an "immediate solutions to the problems" faced by its nationals for getting Indian visas.

 Full report at:

.com/India-news/NewDelhi/After-GMR-fracas-Male-finally-out-to-mend-fences-with-Delhi/Article1-984170.aspx

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Samjhauta accused says he killed ‘porn filmmaker’

 Jan 03 2013

New Delhi : Alleged Samjhauta Express bomber Rajendra Choudhary, who was arrested last month, has reportedly confessed his involvement in killing a Muslim man in Ujjain who was suspected to be making pornographic films with “Hindu girls”.

On the basis of Choudhary’s “confession”, the Madhya Pradesh police arrested Sudip Upadhayay, 35, his alleged accomplice in the crime, last week.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/samjhauta-accused-says-he-killed--porn-filmmaker-/1053737/

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Surveyed Malegaon week before ’06 blasts, ‘admits’ accused

Jan 02 2013

Mumbai : The four men who allegedly planted the bombs that exploded in Malegaon on September 8, 2006, had done a thorough recce of their target sites a week before the attacks, one of the men is learnt to have told interrogators.

Dhan Singh has told NIA investigators that he visited Malegaon along with Ramji Kalsangra, Rajender Choudhary and Amit alias Prince on September 1, and left for Indore the same evening after recceing the target locations. Despite encountering each other several times, the men apparently did not speak to each other during the trip.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/surveyed-malegaon-week-before--06-blasts--admits--accused/1053198/

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North-south corridor key to bilateral relations, says Iran

Shubhajit Roy

Jan 03 2013

New Delhi : Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili Wednesday said economic sanctions imposed on his country is not a threat but an opportunity for countries including India. Jalili, secretary of Supreme National Security Council of Iran, also termed the International North-South Transport Corridor as one of the most “strategic projects” for India’s relations with Iran.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/northsouth-corridor-key-to-bilateral-relations-says-iran/1053726/

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Pak sending fake currency via drug smugglers: NIA

 Jan 3, 2013

MOHALI: Pakistan is using drug smugglers to push fake currency into India, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said in a recent chargesheet filed against three narcotics smugglers in a court in Mohali, Punjab.

According to the chargesheet submitted on December 28, 2012, the NIA revealed that Pakistan's notorious external intelligence agency ISI was behind the pushing of fake currency notes into India.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-sending-fake-currency-via-drug-smugglers-NIA/articleshow/17864913.cms

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IAF airlifts 154 more stranded people in J&K

Jan 2, 2013

JAMMU: The India Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday airlifted 156 more stranded people, including children and women, between Kargil town in Ladakh region and capital cities Jammu and Srinagar.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/IAF-airlifts-154-more-stranded-people-in-JK/articleshow/17860759.cms

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Central Asia

 

Central Asians Stand By 'Un-Islamic' New Year's Traditions

By Farangis Najibullah

December 27, 2012

Officials in Central Asia insist they will continue the practice of ushering in a Western-style New Year's with parties, decorated trees, and Father Frost despite scattered calls to discard those Soviet-era traditions.

Such adornments were unheard of among a majority of people in those predominantly Muslim states until Soviet rule introduced them, and for years they have been the target of critics who insist such nonnative rites have no place in Kyrgyz, Tajik, and Uzbek life.

Full report at:

http://www.rferl.org/content/central-asians-stand-by-unislamic-new-years-traditions/24810103.html

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Pakistan

 

Pak warlord Mullah Nazir among 10 killed in US drone strike

Jan 03 2013

Pakistani pro-government warlord Mullah Nazir and his deputy were among 10 Taliban fighters killed on Thursday in fresh wave of U.S. drone strikes in the country’s restive Waziristan tribal region.

Mr. Nazir, his deputy Ratta Khan and four more militants were killed when a CIA-operated spy plane targeted a vehicle in Angoor Adda area of South Waziristan Agency early this morning.

Security officials were quoted by the Pakistani media as saying that Nazir was killed in the strike.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/pak-warlord-mullah-nazir-among-10-killed-in-us-drone-strike/article4268357.ece

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Military readjusts to fight enemy at home

January 03, 2013

RAWALPINDI - The Pakistan Army now regards internal threats as the biggest danger to the country’s security and has brought a major shift in its operational priorities accordingly.The BBC reported on Wednesday that a new ‘Army Doctrine’ – shifting focus off the conventional enemy on the east to some organisations and individuals within the country and their associates across the western border – comes after some eleven years of war against terror.The new doctrine has been added to the Green Book under the chapter “Sub-conventional warfare”. It describes the guerrilla activities on the country’s western borders and tribal areas, and the bombings carried out by various organisations on some institutions or citizens, as the biggest threat to the country’s security.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/03-Jan-2013/military-readjusts-to-fight-enemy-at-home

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Tahir ul Qadri says he is ready for dialogue with President, PM

January 03, 2013

KARACHI - Chairman of Pakistan Awami Tehrik Dr Tahirul Qadri has said that he is ready to meet President and Prime Minister for the formation of authoritative interim government but they have to come to Lahore. Talking to the journalists here on Wednesday he said that some politicians are giving advice to Election Commission for bringing electoral reforms but this would not produce desired results.Qadri said that the Election Commission has no powers for amending the law. If  the case of rigging is send to ECP, they refer it to the courts and final decision would take five years to decide.He reiterated his resolve that only negotiations cannot prevent long march until government act upon the constitution completely.  

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/karachi/03-Jan-2013/qadri-says-he-is-ready-for-dialogue-with-president-pm

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Qadri should clarify if he would contest polls: Kaira

January 03, 2013

FAISALABAD - Minister for Information and Broadcasting Qamar Zaman Kaira said on Wednesday that Tehrik Minhajul Quran chief Dr Tahir-ul-Qadri should first clarify his position whether he would contest election or not.Talking to media at the residence of Information Secretary Rashid Ahmed, after offering Fateha for his mother, he said Dr Qadri had expressed his intention of not contesting the election so he was not a stakeholder in the democratic system.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/03-Jan-2013/qadri-should-clarify-if-he-would-contest-polls-kaira

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Taliban’s truce offer: Army advises govt to thrash out strategy

Baqir Sajjad Syed

January 03, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Although the army generals will discuss the banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan’s (TTP) ‘peace offers’ at a corps commanders’ meeting to be held on Friday, they want the political leadership to formulate a response to the militants’ suggestion for a ceasefire.

“It is for the government to decide whether or not to hold dialogue with the militants. We are continuing with our operations geared towards eliminating terrorism,” a senior military officer told Dawn on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/03/talibans-truce-offer-army-advises-govt-to-thrash-out-strategy/

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Afghan warlord Hekmatyar denies links with Pakistani Taliban

January 03, 2013

LONDON: Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar in an interview published Wednesday has denied having any links with the Pakistan Taliban, condemning the Pakistani militant outfit’s strategy of blowing up schools and blocking girls’ education.

Hekmatyar, a former prime minister who leads Afghanistan’s second largest militant group Hizb-i-Islami, told Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper that he was against the blowing up of schools and educational institutions “not only in Afghanistan and Pakistan but elsewhere in the world.”

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/02/afghan-warlord-hekmatyar-denies-links-with-pakistani-taliban/

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The Taliban murdered innocent aid workers in Pakistan because of a paranoid conspiracy theory about polio vaccine

02 Jan 2013

Pakistan’s Islamist radicals are willing to kill teenage girls for going to school, or cast acid in the faces of their teachers. The murder of seven local aid workers on New Year’s Day shows that vaccinating children against polio has entered their litany of capital crimes. Even by the depraved standards of the Pakistani Taliban and its allies, the cold-blooded execution of these innocent people – six of them women – was a profoundly wicked act.

Full report at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/telegraph-view/9775831/Bigotry-that-kills.html

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Pak to allow bustard hunting despite Indian concerns

Imtiaz Ahmad, Hindustan Times

 January 03, 2013

Pakistan will continue to allow hunting of rare birds on its side of the border despite India's reservations about this activity, a report published on Wednesday said.

A special report in The Express Tribune, a national English language daily, quoted Pakistan's foreign affairs ministry as saying that Islamabad did not want to annoy Arab dignitaries by not issuing them hunting permits for rare birds like the houbara bustards.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/Pak-to-allow-bustard-hunting-despite-Indian-concerns/Article1-984195.aspx

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Malik fails to persuade Altaf against joining march

By Azfar-ul-Ashfaque

January 03, 2013

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain has declined to give an assurance to President Asif Ali Zardari’s pointman, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, about not taking part in Jan 14 march on Islamabad in support of the electoral reforms agenda of Tehrik-i-Mihajul Quran’s patron-in-chief Dr Tahirul Qadri.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/03/malik-fails-to-persuade-altaf-against-joining-march/

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Overcoming resistance to polio immunisation a tall order for KP

Ashfaq Yusufzai

January 03, 2013

PESHAWAR, Jan 1: Though backed by UN agencies, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department has miserably failed to persuade a good number of parents in the province to stop opposing polio vaccination of their children.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa health department has been unable to woo the parents to administer oral polio vaccine to their children despite the support of the UN agencies to eradicate the crippling disease.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/02/overcoming-resistance-to-polio-immunisation-a-tall-order-for-kp-2/

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Pakistan, KSA favour Afghan peace: Hina

January 03, 2013

JEDDAH  - A road map of collaboration and cooperation to further strengthen the strategic relations between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan figured prominently in the talks between Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Prince Salman, Deputy Premier and Defence Minister and the Foreign Minister Prince Saud al Faisal.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/03-Jan-2013/pakistan-ksa-favour-afghan-peace-hina

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Pakistani-Brit blind justice meets Nizami

January 03, 2013

LAHORE – Pakistan based British blind judge Dr Ameer Ali Majid has said that he has been working for last 15 years in British judicial department and during the tenure he had heard and decided 3045 cases.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/lahore/03-Jan-2013/pakistani-brit-blind-justice-meets-nizami

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MQM observes mourning day

January 03, 2013

KARACHI- Muttahida Qaumi Movement observed a day of mourning for the workers and sympathisers killed in a blast took place outside the Jinnah Ground, MQM headquarter Nine Zero after a large gathering organised with the label of Safar-e-Inqalab along with the Pakistan Awami Tehreek.  

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/karachi/03-Jan-2013/mqm-observes-mourning-day

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Memon’s cousin among seven dead in violence

January 03, 2013

KARACHI – At least seven people including a cousin of provincial information minister were killed in different violent incidents here on Wednesday. A cousin of Sindh Information Minister Sharjeel Inam Memon and regional manager of private bank was gunned down near Habib Bank Chowrangi within the remits of SITE-A police station. Police said that the victim namely Jawaid Memon, son of Aziz Memon, was on his way to home from bank when unidentified armed riders intercepted the car and shot him with point blank range.The bullet riddled his head and he died on the spot.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/karachi/03-Jan-2013/memon-s-cousin-among-seven-dead-in-violence

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Two terrorists killed in Miranshah

January 03, 2013

Miranshah   - Two terrorists were killed and six others injured in an overnight operation by the security forces in North Waziristan Agency's capital Miranshah, officials said Wednesday. According to an official, curfew has been imposed in Miranshah from January 1that will remain in place for an indefinite period. The sources said the rescue teams are facing hardships in transporting the injured to hospital.

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/national/03-Jan-2013/two-terrorists-killed-in-miranshah

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Pakistan’s ‘halal’ Facebook starved of cash

ANITA JOSHUA

Jan 03 2013

Seeks funds from members to run the social network

Pakistan’s version of a ‘halal’ Facebook is apparently in the red and is seeking funds to keep itself afloat if emails sent out to members is anything to go by. According to The Express Tribune, MillatFacebook (MFB) sent out emails in early December asking money from its members to pay for the U.S.-based servers.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/pakistans-halal-facebook-starved-of-cash/article4266112.ece

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Arab World

 

Air raid on petrol station in Damascus suburb kills 30-activists

2 Jan 2013

At least 30 civilians were killed on Wednesday when Syrian warplanes bombed a petrol station in a rebellious suburb on the eastern edge of Damascus, two opposition campaigners on the scene said.

"I counted at least 30 bodies. They were either burnt or dismembered," said Abu Saeed, an activist who arrived at the area in the Muleiha suburb of Damascus an hour after the raid occurred at 1:00 PM (1100 GMT).

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/61700/World/Region/Air-raid-on-petrol-station-in-Damascus-suburb-kill.aspx

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Attacks kill three in Iraq ahead of Shiite ceremony

2 Jan 2013

A car bomb killed two pilgrims Wednesday in Iraq on the eve of a major Shiite religious ceremony and the nephew of the parliament speaker died in a separate attack, officials said.

No group claimed responsibility for the bloodshed, but Sunni militants often target Shiite pilgrims in the run-up to major rituals and attack officials in a bid to destabilise the government.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/61702/World/Region/Attacks-kill-three-in-Iraq-ahead-of-Shiite-ceremon.aspx

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Deadly Iraq bombings near Kirkuk

January 2, 2013

ne person is killed and 10 others injured in three bomb explosions in the town of Tuz Khormato, south of Kirkuk, amid a growing political crisis that is inflaming sectarian tensions. The blast caused serious damage to nearby houses and a petrol station. The explosions followed a day of bloodshed on Monday when at least 23 people were killed and 87 wounded in attacks across Iraq

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/jan/02/deadly-iraq-bombings-near-kirkuk-video

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Preaching the gospel of liberalism to the Jordanian street

Mudar Zahran, one of the leaders of his country’s burgeoning Dignity Revolution, says spring is in the air. And, he claims, a post-Hashemite Jordan will have huge implications for the Palestinians, who may be forced to choose — Western-style secular democracy or a government led by the likes of Hamas’s Khaled Mashaal

By PHILIPPE ASSOULINE

December 31, 2012

To hear Mudar Zahran tell it, change is coming to Jordan, and fast. “The King is not going to survive, it’s out of the question… I give him until next summer, more or less. And even if I am wrong, I can’t see the King making it to 2014 by any stretch.”

Full report at:

http://www.timesofisrael.com/preaching-the-gospel-of-liberalism-to-the-jordanian-street/

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Syria's 'truly shocking' death toll passes 60,000

More than 60,000 people – civilians, Syrian troops and rebels – have been killed in the country's bitter civil war the United Nations announced, a toll it described as "truly shocking".

By Richard Spencer

 02 Jan 2013

The new calculation, the result of a five-month UN project to cross-reference names of the dead, suggests that previous analysis of the carnage caused by almost two years of protests, repression, and fighting issued by opposition groups were too conservative.

Full report at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/syria/9776582/Syrias-truly-shocking-death-toll-passes-60000.html

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Syrian rebels attack military airport in northwest

January 03, 2013

BEIRUT: Syrian rebels, some from Islamist units, fired machine guns and mortars at helicopters grounded at a northern military air base near the main Aleppo-Damascus highway on Wednesday, a monitoring group said.

The al-Nusra Front (allegedly linked with Al Qaeda), Ahrar al-Sham Brigade and other units operating in Syria’s northwestern province of Idlib were attacking the Afis military airport near Taftanaz, the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/02/syrian-rebels-attack-military-airport-in-northwest/

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$ 7 billion east-west railway project on target

 3 January 2013

RIYADH: The $ 7 billion railway project linking Riyadh with Jeddah gathered steam yesterday with the state-owned Public Investment Fund signing a SR 270 ($ 72) million contract with Fluor, a US company, to provide management consultancy.

Fluor is contracted to oversee the work of the contractors and experimental operation of the railway project over a period of 84 months, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-arabia/7-billion-east-west-railway-project-target

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OIC rights team may visit Palestine

3 January 2013

JEDDAH: The Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission (IPHRC) concluded a two-day working group meeting Sunday at the headquarters of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in preparation for its third session to be held in Saudi Arabia in February. The group meeting was chaired by Siti Ruhaini Dzuhayatin of Indonesia.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/oic-rights-team-may-visit-palestine

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Mubarak watched uprising: Egypt commission

3 January 2013

CAIRO: A member of an Egyptian fact-finding mission said yesterday former President Hosni Mubarak watched the uprising against him unfold through a live TV feed, a fact that could lead to the retrial of the 84-old ousted leader already serving a life sentence.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/mubarak-watched-uprising-egypt-commission

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Haddad’s visit to UAE includes message to Sheikh Khalifa

 2 Jan 2013

Yasser Ali, presidential spokesperson, announced Wednesday that President Morsi’s aide for foreign affairs, Essam Haddad, is currently on a two-day visit to the UAE to deliver a message to Sheikh Khalifa, UAE head of state.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/61697/Egypt/Politics-/Presidential-spokesperson-Haddad%E2%80%99s-visit-to-UAE-in.aspx

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Shiites flood Iraq shrine city for mourning rituals

Jan 03 2013

Karbala (Iraq) : Shiite pilgrims from across Iraq and around the world thronged the shrine city of Karbala for the climax of annual mourning rituals amid tight security over fears of militant attacks.

A correspondent today said massive crowds of people flooded the streets of the city, which officials say has seen millions of visitors in the run-up to the Arbaeen commemorations, as sad songs blared from loudspeakers.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/shiites-flood-iraq-shrine-city-for-mourning-rituals/1054019/

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Socialist Alliance condemns Moussa's Brotherhood-opposition 'truce' idea

2 Jan 2013

The Socialist Popular Alliance Party (SPA) has rejected the initiative announced by Amr Moussa, the head of the Conference Party and member of the National Salvation Front (NSF), to end the current political standoff between the presidency and the opposition.

The SPA said in a statement on Wednesday that Moussa issued his proposals without consulting with the NSF.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/61685/Egypt/Politics-/Socialist-Alliance-condemns-Moussas-Brotherhoodopp.aspx

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Islamist activist discharged after Tahrir Square beating

2 Jan 2013

Well-known Islamist activist Abdel-Rahman Ezz has been discharged from hospital after being severely beaten on Tuesday night on Tahrir Square, as he attempted to visit hospitalised April 6 member Mohannad Samir.

The former host at 25 TV, who is widely seen to be a supporter of President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, was kicked out of Cairo's Ahmed Maher Hospital by friends of Samir.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/61677/Egypt/Politics-/Islamist-activist-discharged-after-Tahrir-Square-b.aspx

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Egypt opposition forces to attend Morsi's National Dialogue talks

2 Jan 2013

Former Egyptian vice president Mahmoud Mekki announced that opposition coalition National Salvation Front (NSF) will participate in the next round of National Dialogue talks on 9 January, in a news conference Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/61673/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-opposition-forces-to-attend-Morsis-National-.aspx

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Egypt questions suspected Israeli spy

2 Jan 2013

Egyptian prosecutors were interrogating on Tuesday an Israeli man, who is suspected of espionage, in the Red Sea port of Nuweiba, a judicial source said.

"An Israel man was arrested on Monday in Taba on suspicion of espionage. He was remanded today in police custody for four days pending investigation," the source said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/61668/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-questions-suspected-Israeli-spy.aspx

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Saudi activists urge release of writer who 'insulted' Islam

2 Jan 2013

Saudi intellectuals on Wednesday urged the kingdom's crown prince to order the release of a liberal writer accused of insulting Islam via his Twitter account.

A petition, signed by around 500 people and addressed to Salman bin Abdul Aziz, called for Turki al-Hamad's "immediate and unconditional release."

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/61676/World/Region/Saudi-activists-urge-release-of-writer-who-insulte.aspx

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Syrian refugee influx could ruin Lebanon: Bassil

January 03, 2013

BEIRUT: The waves of refugees fleeing war-torn Syria into Lebanon will have a devastating impact on Lebanon, warned Energy Minister Gebran Bassil in remarks published Thursday.

“The issue of refugees from Syria has become a big and dangerous [problem] and it could scupper the election law and the entire country,” Bassil told the local Al-Akhbar newspaper.

Full report at:

 http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2013/Jan-03/200702-syrian-refugee-influx-could-ruin-lebanon-bassil.ashx#ixzz2GtWppSX1

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Lebanon to dance on volcano in 2013

By Mirella Hodeib

January 03, 2013

BEIRUT: In 2013, Lebanon will, more than ever before, be affected by the crisis raging next door, as the prolongation of the battles or, conversely, a deal to end the conflict will have a direct impact on the country, analysts said this week.

Also, a series of tough challenges including, but not limited to, legislative elections, the rising tide of fundamentalism, slow economy, and Hezbollah’s tug of war with Israel are likely to shake the fragile truce the county enjoyed in the past year.

Full report at:

 http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2013/Jan-03/200681-lebanon-to-dance-on-volcano-in-2013.ashx#ixzz2GtX8vbrY

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Iraq and Britain discuss prisoner swap

January 03, 2013

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Baghdad and London are discussing a prisoner transfer deal that could see a British security guard convicted of murder in Iraq serve the remainder of his sentence in his home country, officials said. Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari has been invited to London to finalise and sign a memorandum of understanding over the transfer of convicts between the two countries, and while the deal would not solely affect Danny Fitzsimons, he would be a key beneficiary. Fitzsimons became the first Western contractor to be convicted of a crime by an Iraqi court when he was sentenced to life in prison, equivalent to 20 years in jail under Iraqi law, in February 2011 for killing a Briton and an Australian in Baghdad’s heavily-fortified Green Zone in August 2009.

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/03-Jan-2013/iraq-and-britain-discuss-prisoner-swap

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Report Says Mubarak Dictated Fierce Response to Egypt Protests

By KAREEM FAHIM and MAYY EL SHEIKH

January 2, 2013

CAIRO — Sitting in his palace in early 2011, as protests against him consumed Egypt, President Hosni Mubarak watched live video feeds of the demonstrations in Tahrir Square and the brutal response by his security forces, who used clubs, tear gas and live ammunition against civilians, according to a commission investigating deaths during the 18-day revolt and its aftermath.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/03/world/middleeast/report-says-mubarak-dictated-fierce-response-to-egypt-protests.html?ref=middleeast&_r=0

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Egypt: Hosni Mubarak could face retrial over watching uprising live on TV

Egypt's Hosni Mubarak watched the uprising against him unfold through a live TV feed to his palace, despite his later denial that he knew the extent of the protests and crackdown against them, a fact-finding team has discovered.

03 Jan 2013

The finding could lead to the retrial of the 84-year-old ousted president, already serving a life sentence.

In questioning for his trial for the deaths of some 900 protesters during the uprising, Mubarak said he was kept in the dark by top aides as to the gravity of the situation and fended off charges that he ordered or knew of the deadly force used against the protesters.

Full report at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/9777089/Egypt-Hosni-Mubarak-could-face-retrial-over-watching-uprising-live-on-TV.html

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Bouncing cheques still a crime for expats in UAE

Jan 03 2013

Abu Dhabi : Foreigners still risk being imprisoned for bouncing cheques in the United Arab Emirates, as a government order which decriminalises the offence applies only to local citizens, an official statement said.

The statement was issued to clarify contradictory reports in local media, after some reports this week said foreigners no longer faced criminal penalties for writing cheques that bounced.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/bouncing-cheques-still-a-crime-for-expats-in-uae/1053919/

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Africa

 

The difficult question of Muslim and Christian marriage in Senegal

By TAMBA JEAN-MATTHEW

December 29  2012

In the wake of a recent Senegalese mass wedding that featured minors, it would appear that nuptial laws in the west African country border can sometimes border on the liberal. But for inter-religious marriages, this is not so.

With an overwhelming Muslim population of about 95 per cent Senegal still remains a secular state, but marriage between Christians and Muslims is punctuated by several obstacles.

Full report at:

http://www.africareview.com/Special-Reports/-/979182/1653886/-/ufftkez/-/index.html

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Libya lifts Qaddafi-era travel ban

2 January 2013

TRIPOLI: Libya has dropped arrest warrants and travel bans slapped by the toppled regime of Muammar Qaddafi against the slain dictator’s opponents, an Interior Ministry spokesman told AFP yesterday.

“All arrest warrants and travel bans issued by the former regime against Qaddafi’s opponents have been lifted,” Mejdi Al-Orfi said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/libya-lifts-qaddafi-era-travel-ban

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Central Africa rebels agree to peace talks

3 January 2013

BANGUI, Central African Republic: Rebels in the Central African Republic said yesterday they were suspending their advance and would hold peace talks with the government, after regional armies sent reinforcements to stop them reaching the capital.

The Seleka rebel coalition's lightning three-week advance from the north of the country to within striking distance of the capital Bangui in the south has raised fears of a spreading crisis and drawn regional calls for negotiations with the government in the Gabonese capital Libreville.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/central-africa-rebels-agree-peace-talks

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Bashir agrees to Friday summit with S. Sudan

3 January 2013

KHARTOUM: Sudan's President Omar Bashir has agreed to attend a summit on Friday with his South Sudanese counterpart to push stalled economic and security deals, official media said.

The meeting, which the SUNA news agency said is slated for the Ethiopian capital, would be the first since Bashir and South Sudan's President Salva Kiir late September signed the deals which they hailed as ending the conflict but which have not been put into effect.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/bashir-agrees-friday-summit-s-sudan

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Congo president pledges early national unity for ‘survival’

3 January 2013

Last Update 2 January 2013 8:39 pm

KINSHASA: Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila made a New Year's pledge to jumpstart national unity talks, calling them a "condition of our survival" amid a conflict involving several rebel groups in the east.

He spoke after the UN Security Council imposed sanctions on two rebel groups active in the mineral-rich North Kivu province, and as its governor called for international aid for the victims of the long-running unrest.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/congo-president-pledges-early-national-unity-%E2%80%98survival%E2%80%99

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Jordanian peacekeepers released in Sudan

02 Jan 2013

Two Jordanian peacekeepers have arrived in the Sudanese capital after their release following 136 days of captivity in Sudan's troubled Darfur region.

Hassan Mazawdeh and Qasem Sarhan appeared to be in good condition but made no comment on Wednesday as they stood with an official from the Jordanian embassy and a senior member of the African Union-UN Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), which employs them.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2013/01/201312162717218636.html

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Uganda drops 'homophobic charges' against British man

A Ugandan court on Wednesday dismissed charges against a British theatre producer accused of staging a play about gay people in the country without proper authorisation, his lawyer said, citing lack of evidence.

02 Jan 2013

David Cecil, 34, had faced up to two years in prison on charges of "disobeying lawful orders". He was arrested in September and briefly jailed before being granted bail.

His lawyer John Francis Onyango said that no evidence was submitted to the court and his client was now free.

Full report at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/uganda/9775909/Uganda-drops-homophobic-charges-against-British-man.html

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Calls to pass the anti-gay Bill dominate Uganda's New Year messages

By MONITOR TEAM

 January 2  2013

As thousands of Ugandans made their resolutions for 2013, mainstream churches and evangelical preachers in Uganda have asked Parliament to urgently pass the Anti-Gay Bill, to avert the recruitment of youngsters into adopting same-sex behaviour.

At Namirembe Cathedral in Kampala, Archbishop Stanley Ntagali said the Church of Uganda would continue to protect the culture and the institution of marriage which advocates the union between man and woman.

Full report at:

http://www.africareview.com/News/Calls-to-pass-the-anti-gay-Bill-dominate-New-Year-messages/-/979180/1655856/-/14wngdg/-/index.html

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South Asia

 

Afghan Prisoner Accused Of Killing Wife During Conjugal Visit

Bashir Ahmad Ghazali and Frud Bezhan

January 02, 2013

SAMANGAN, Afghanistan -- An Afghan prisoner serving 20 years for murdering his in-laws is now suspected of strangling his young bride during a conjugal visit.

Din Mohammad, who is serving his sentence at a prison in northern Samangan Province, is accused by police of killing his wife when she visited him on January 1. Mohammad was convicted in 2009 of killing his mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law during a bloody rampage.

Full report at:

http://www.rferl.org/content/afghan-prisoner-accused-of-killing-wife-during-conjugal-visit/24814230.html

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The mindlessness of war in Afghanistan

By: Noor Wali Sheenwari

January 03, 2013

One night in 1979, bombs dropped from the sky, killing 16 members of Ismail’s family. “The war took some people to Europe and America, but it destroyed my family,” Ismail, who is universally addressed as “uncle”, says.

Hailing from the Haska Mena district in Afghanistan’s eastern Nangarhar province, he says his parents insisted he go to the only school in the district, in Shpole Baba. The times were tumultuous. The Soviet Union had invaded Afghanistan, and Babrak Karmal was installed the leader of the government in December 1979.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/03-Jan-2013/the-mindlessness-of-war-in-afghanistan

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Malaysia resumes hiring Bangladeshi migrants

January 03, 2013

DHAKA: Malaysia has resumed recruiting Bangladeshi migrant workers after a four-year pause, an official said Tuesday, in a move easing Dhaka’s remittance worries after the jobs market in the Middle East dried up.

The Bangladesh government on Monday announced that an online registration process for those seeking work in Malaysia would start from January 13, following calls for 10,000 plantation workers.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\01\03\story_3-1-2013_pg14_5

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Shibir men again in brisk processions in city

 January 3, 2013

The activists of Islami Chhatra Shibir locked in chase and counter-chase with law enforcers and blasted cocktails in two separate spots in the capital on Thursday.

The incidents occurred in Mohakhali and Ittefaq intersection when the activists of Shibir, the student wing of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, came with sudden processions and resorted to hit and run tactics.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=43676

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Jamaat-Shibir men clash with cops

January 3, 2013

At least 30 people were injured as participants in a procession of Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir yesterday clashed with police, blasted cocktails, threw brick chips and vandalised vehicles on the capital's DIT road. The injured included passengers of the vehicles and pedestrians.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=263623

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Afghan War Commander Gives Options for After ’14

By ELISABETH BUMILLER and ERIC SCHMITT

January 2, 2013

WASHINGTON — Gen. John R. Allen, the senior American commander in Afghanistan, has submitted military options to the Pentagon that would keep 6,000 to 20,000 American troops in Afghanistan after 2014, defense officials said on Wednesday.

General Allen offered Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta three plans with different troop levels: 6,000, 10,000 and 20,000, each with a risk factor probably attached to it, a senior military official said. An option of 6,000 troops would probably pose a higher risk of failure for the American effort in Afghanistan, 10,000 would be medium risk and 20,000 would be lower risk, the official said.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/03/world/middleeast/afghan-war-commander-gives-options-for-after-2014.html?ref=middleeast

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Bangladesh PM gets legal notice for ‘defamatory statement’

02 JANUARY 2013

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was on Wednesday sent a legal notice for a “defamatory statement” against the deputy chief of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), a party official said.

Counsel for Tarique Rahman, the BNP’s senior vice chairman, sent the notice to the Prime Minister’s Office, Shimul Biswas, assistant to BNP chief and former prime minister Khaleda Zia, told Xinhua.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/world/119680-bangladesh-pm-gets-legal-notice-for-defamatory-statement.html

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Mideast Asia

 

Palestinians urge Arabs to pay pledged funds

2 January 2013

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: The Palestinian government in the West Bank urged yesterday Arab nations to deliver on pledges to supply the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority (PA) with $ 100 million a month.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/palestinians-urge-arabs-pay-pledged-funds

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Benjamin Netanyahu losing support ahead of election

02 Jan 2013

He is said to have demanded an end to bickering within his Likud party and a bigger role for grassroots workers after successive surveys and a series of embarrassing publicity flops following his decision to merge with Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu party.

His intervention comes after the latest poll – published by Haaretz newspaper – showed the Likud Beitenu bloc poised to win just 34 seats in the Knesset in the January 22 poll, down from a current total of 42.

Full report at:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/israel/9776430/Benjamin-Netanyahu-losing-support-ahead-of-election.html

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Iran claims shooting down two US drones

January 03, 2013

TEHRAN  - Iran on Wednesday said it had shot down two US-made RQ-11 reconnaissance drones in the past 15 months, adding to a ScanEagle drone and RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft it already claims to have captured.

“The army’s air defence shot down two... RQ-11 drones,” Rear Admiral Amir Rastegari told state television and Fars news agency, adding that the army was carrying out “research” on the downed unmanned aircraft.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/03-Jan-2013/iran-claims-shooting-down-two-us-drones

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Israeli army exercise forces Palestinian evacuation

January 03, 2013

JERICHO (AFP) - Around 500 Bedouin Palestinians were temporarily evacuated from their homes in the Jordan Valley on Wednesday as the Israeli army carried out exercises, residents and the army said. An AFP photographer at the scene saw dozens of people being evacuated in the Wadi al-Maleh area in the north of the Jordan Valley in the West Bank. “These exercises have driven away more than 400 people, women, children and elderly people, and could have taken place elsewhere,” Aref Daraghmeh, a municipal official, told AFP.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/pakistan-news-newspaper-daily-english-online/international/03-Jan-2013/israeli-army-exercise-forces-palestinian-evacuation

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Israel orders Bedouins to leave West Bank area

3 January 2013

JERICHO, Palestinian Territories: Around 500 Bedouin Palestinians were temporarily evacuated from their homes in the Jordan Valley yesterday as the Israeli army carried out exercises, residents and the army said. An AFP photographer at the scene saw dozens of people being evacuated in the Wadi Al-Maleh area in the north of the Jordan Valley in the West Bank.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/israel-orders-bedouins-leave-west-bank-area

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Fatah set to celebrate 48th anniversary in Gaza City

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

01/03/2013

Hamas and Fatah leaders on Wednesday discussed preparations for holding a rally to celebrate, in the Gaza Strip, the 48th anniversary of the “launch of the revolution” by Fatah.

The Fatah rally is expected to be held in a major square in Gaza City on Friday.

Nabil Sha’ath, a member of the Fatah Central Council, met in the city with Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of the Hamas government, who congratulated Fatah on the anniversary.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=298245

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Turkish former army chief arrested over 1997 coup: Report

Jan 3, 2013

ANKARA:, Turkey: The state-run agency says Turkey's former military chief has been detained for questioning over his role in the ousting of a pro-Islamic government in the 1990s.

The Anadolu Agency says police arrested Ismail Hakki Karadayi at his home in Istanbul early Thursday. He was being taken to the capital, Ankara, to answer questions over his role in forcing the resignation in 1997 of former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Turkish-former-army-chief-arrested-over-1997-coup-Report/articleshow/17870234.cms

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Southeast Asia

 

Indonesian Government to Sell Seven SOEs As Part of Expansion Strategy

January 03, 2013

The Indonesian government aims to sell seven state enterprises this year to raise funds to finance expansion plans and improve corporate governance.

The State Enterprise Ministry aims to sell stakes of state postal service Pos Indonesia, state pawnshop operator Pegadaian and state cement maker Semen Baturaja through initial public offerings.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/business/indonesian-government-to-sell-seven-soes-as-part-of-expansion-strategy/564312

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Philippine communist rebels call off truce

02 Jan 2013

Communist rebels in the Philippines have called off a truce with the government, almost two weeks ahead of schedule, raising concerns about the future of peace talks.

The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) blamed the government for their action on Wednesday, but a spokesman for President Benigno Aquino said the CPP just wanted an excuse to cut the ceasefire short.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131284554693970.html

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Thailand to repatriate Rohingya refugees

Jan 03 2013

Officials say 73 refugees from Myanmar’s Rohingya minority found adrift off a Thai resort island will be repatriated to their homeland.

Phuket provincial Governor Maitri Inthusut said on Wednesday they declared they were unable to continue their hoped-for journey to Malaysia due to exhaustion and fear of mishaps at sea.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/thailand-to-repatriate-rohingya-refugees/article4265171.ece

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The 5 must-see Indonesian films of 2012

January 03 2013

Audiences in Indonesia have, since a few years back, become very picky about film. Film quality therefore needed to be elevated. In 2012 the Indonesian film industry grew, with 86 titles released over the course of the year. Although there were some films with similar themes, there were many more dynamic and interesting films on offer.

Full report at:

http://www2.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/01/03/the-5-must-see-indonesian-films-2012.html

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North America

 

With few Muslim foster families in North Texas, children placed with families of other faiths

January 2, 2013

Talaun Thompson and Dr. Basheer Ahmed outside the Muslim Community Center for Human Services in Richland Hills. The center is trying to enlist Muslim families to become foster parents to fill a void in the community.

A lack of Muslim foster parents in North Texas means local Muslim children are almost always placed with families of other faiths, putting them in an unfamiliar cultural and religious environment and making a difficult process even harder.

A Richland Hills clinic doesn’t want foster children to face added stresses,

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/tarrant-county/headlines/20121229-with-few-muslim-foster-families-in-north-texas-richland-hills-clinic-asks-community-to-step-up.ece

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US concerned about restrictions on media freedom in Egypt

Jan 03 2013

Washington : Concerned over reports of restrictions on media in Egypt, US called the government to respect freedom of expression and free press in the country.

"We have been concerned by reports in recent days of Egyptian Government efforts to restrict media freedom and criticism within Egypt, particularly by investigating media figures, including Bassem Youssef, and individual media organizations for insulting political leaders and allegedly spreading false information," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-concerned-about-restrictions-on-media-freedom-in-egypt/1053847/

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Media blackout lifted on kidnapping of US journalist in Syria

January 2, 2013

The family of freelance American reporter James Foley have revealed that he was kidnapped at gunpoint in Syria on 22 November, 44 days ago.

Foley, an experienced war reporter aged 39, was seized by four armed men in the town of Taftanaz, in the northern province of Idlib, according to witnesses. His driver and translator were later released.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2013/jan/02/journalist-safety-syria

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Headley sentencing rescheduled to Jan 24

Jan 03 2013

AUS court on Wednesday rescheduled the sentencing of Pakistani American LeT terrorist David Headley, accused of involvement in 26/ 11 Mumbai attacks, from January 17 to January 24, while that of his accomplice Tahawwur Rana has been rescheduled for a second time to January 17.

Full report at: Mail Today

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