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No Place for Terrorism in Islam, says Grand Mufti, Saudi Arabia

Deoband Issues Fatwa Against Birthday Celebrations

All Malegaon Blasts accused get bail

India says positive indicators from Pakistan

No going back on MFN to India, says Gilani

Gujarat: Naroda Patia case witness murdered

Bullet-riddled body of journalist found in Khuzdar

Five soldiers killed in Taliban attack in Pak tribal belt

Afghanistan suicide attack kills seven near mosque

150 killed in militant sect attack in Nigeria

Hajj 2011: Housing Problems Haunt Pilgrims Again

Mullah Omar's Eid message for Taliban: Protect civilians or face punishment

80,000 Muslims pray on the street in Moscow

Pakistan shifting nukes in ‘unsafe’ vans

Pakistan rejects reports of nuclear insecurity

Indo-Pak trade ties to help resolve major rifts: Khar

Tripoli eases toward normalcy

Fives Indians dead as ship sinks near Oman

Taliban kill five soldiers in Razmak

Bomber dies in failed suicide attack

Terrorist ring commander killed in Swat

Three killed in ambush

Two killed in violence

Suicide bomber kills six in north Afghanistan

Three bombs kill six in Baghdad market: Iraqi police

Israeli air raids kill Gaza militant

Syrian forces kill 4 at start of Eid: Activists

Pak: FC convoy escapes bomb attack in Sibbi

Radical Muslim sect grows more dangerous in Nigeria

Iran says ready for the worst, warns US of collision course

IAEA report on Iran set to stoke Middle East tension

Muslims gather on Arafat for peak Hajj day

Over 400 rescuers to guard Rawalpindi during Eid

Lahore sees influx of beggars prior to Eid ul Azha

Saudi Prince Salman named new defence minister

Trans-Afghan gas pipeline, the dream that won’t die

Israel’s president says attack on Iran “more and more likely”

Protesters gather at Syrian embassy in London

Pakistan communication satellite begins beaming

American who joined Libyan rebels returns to US

Sudan lodges Juba ‘border war’ complaint with UN

Israel strike to shut airports, economy on Monday

Top US general fired for calling Karzai government ungrateful

Time to change policy towards Pakistan: US lawmaker Ackerman

UN plans to reveal fresh proof of Iran nuclear weapons

Pakistan is continuing to harbour terrorists: Indian Home Secretary

JuD not included in new list of banned terror groups in Pak

Former top cops among 7 indicted in Benazir Bhutto murder case

Defying US, Palestinians press forward with UN bid

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No place for terrorism in Islam, says Grand Mufti, Saudi Arabia

By Agencies

November 6, 2011

MOUNT ARAFAT / SAUDI ARABIA: Addressing millions of Hajj pilgrims, the grand mufti of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Abdul Aziz said those shedding blood and spreading anarchy in society are enemies of Allah and not followers of Islam.

In his sermon from Masjid-e-Nimra, he said “Islam is a religion of peace and strongly disapproves acts of terrorism. It is the responsibility of religious scholars to spread the message of peace.”

“Our religion preaches brotherhood, tolerance and harmony for the establishment of a society, which respects rights of all the segments of the society,” he said.

“Islam is the solution for the problems” of Muslims, he said, warning the faithful of “a media and cultural invasion that seeks to weaken (their) faith.”

The top cleric urged Muslims to solve their problems “without interference from their enemies,” condemning those who want to “provoke hostility between you and your leaders.”

More than two million Muslims gathered on Saturday on Mount Arafat and its surrounding plain, marking the peak day of Hajj.

There were no immediate reports of major incidents as security officials focused on crowd control.

“Things are going well and according to plan,” interior ministry spokesman General Mansur al Turki told AFP.

Many went on buses, while others set off on foot from Mina, a tent-village that comes to life only during the five-day pilgrimage.

Others took the Mashair Railway, also known as the Makkah Metro, to go to Mount Arafat and its surrounding plains, where Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) delivered his final sermon.

Mukhtar al Rahman, who is more than 100 years of age, said “this is the dream of my life which took a century to come true.”

“The crowds have tired me and as you can see I can’t stand properly because of the huge crowds flooding” into the area, the elderly Bengali said panting as he looked for a small chair to sit on.

Indonesian pilgrim Noor Laila said: “I’m so happy to have set foot on Arafat’s sacred soil.”

“I want to wash away all my sins and ask God to forgive my mistakes. This is the first time I come to Hajj and I hope it won’t be the last,” said the 36-year-old.

Malaysian Abdullah Wali al-Deen, 45, said he had been working for years for this day. “I came here with my family after we managed to save enough money,” he said. “Everyone in here is equal. There are no differences between various nationalities. This is the religion of peace, love and brotherhood.”

More than 1.83 million pilgrims have arrived in the kingdom from abroad, marking a 1.5 per cent increase from last year, said Makkah Governor Prince Khaled al Faisal.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/288106/muslims-gather-on-arafat-for-peak-hajj-day/

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Deoband issues fatwa against birthday celebrations

Sun Nov 06 2011,

Muzaffarnagar:

Muslims should not follow the tradition of western culture, says Maulana Abul Kasim Naumani.

Leading Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has advised Muslims against celebrating birthdays, contending in a fatwa that Islam does not permit such a practice which is a "tradition of western countries".

Responding to a query of an AMU student, the fatwa department of the country's biggest Islamic seminary said that Islam does not permit such celebrations as they are against the Shariat law.

The query was made in reference to the birthday celebration of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, the founder of the Aligarh Muslim University.

"Muslims should not follow the tradition of western culture of celebrating birthdays as it against the Shariat law," Vice-Chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband, Maulana Abul Kasim Naumani said here today.

Naumani added that even the Islamic seminary does not celebrate the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammed, the founder of the religion.

Meanwhile, Darul Uloom Deoband today appealed Muslims to avoid cow slaughter on Id-Ul-Zuha as a mark of respect for the feelings of Hindus.

Vice-Chancellor of the Darul Uloom, Maulana Abul Kasim Naumani said, "as a mark of respect for the feelings of Hindus, the seminary has asked Muslims in the country to avoid cow slaughter on the occasion of Id-Ul-Zuha tomorrow."

He also asked Muslims to cooperate with the sanitary department for the cleanliness drive during the festival.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/deoband-issues-fatwa-against-birthday-celebrations/871594/

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All Malegaon blasts accused get bail

Sep 16 2011,

A special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court on Saturday granted bail to all nine accused in the 2006 Malegaon blasts case after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) said it had no objection to any of their bail pleas.

However, two of the accused will not be released from prison as they are accused in the 7/11 train bomb blast case as well. While the investigating agency did not oppose their bail plea, it did not dismiss any of the charges slapped on them either.

All the nine accused have been in prison for the past five years. The Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS), which investigated the case initially, had claimed that many of the arrested accused were members of the banned Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Even the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which later took over the investigation, took the same line.

It was only after the former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh activist Swami Aseemanand's confession about the alleged involvement of right-wing Hindu fundamentalists in the 2006 Malegaon blast was leaked did the line of investigation change. The NIA took over the investigation on March 22, 2011.

“During the course of further investigation, the NIA, after the revelation of Swami Aseemanand, arrested in Mecca Masjid bomb blast case, reviewed the collected evidence and collected fresh evidence in the form of statements and forensic reports. Further investigation is in progress,” the NIA stated in its reply submitted before the court on Saturday.

The seven accused were granted bail on a solvent surety of Rs.50,000 each, but will be allowed to walk free on Wednesday, subsequent only to the completion of official procedures. Family members of the accused thanked Swami Aseemanand for his confession, which led to the release of their kin. “Aseemanand's confession led to a change in things. This is the result of the good wishes of all the people. It is my appeal to people that they should take recourse to law. Sooner or later, they will definitely get justice,” an overwhelmed Jameel Masiullah, brother of the accused Shabbir Ahmed Masiullah, told The Hindu .

“I remember Swami Aseemanand this day. It was the voice of his conscience that made him confess. If not for him, our boys would still have been languishing in prison. This has clearly stated the innocence of our boys,” said Maulana Mustaqeem Azmi, president of Jamait Ulema-e-Maharashtra. “We will come back after Eid and then complete the procedures. All of them will be free on Wednesday. That is when all their family members too will come here to meet them,” said Irfana Hamdani, an advocate from Malegaon.

The residents of Malegaon who had come to the court to attend the proceedings distributed sweets outside the court, jubilant over the outcome. They described it as a happy day and said the decision had strengthened their faith in the Indian judiciary.

They said they would approach even the Supreme Court, if need be, to prove the innocence of these seven persons.

“Malegaon has already started celebrating Eid. Today is our Eid. People have already started bursting fire-crackers there since afternoon,” Ms. Hamdani said.

“The process of granting justice has started, but it is not complete. It will be complete when they are declared innocent by the court. The local police had changed the direction of investigation. Even the ATS kept arresting people. It filed a false charge sheet and the CBI toed that line of investigation. The accused willingly consented to brain mapping and lie detection tests. They said they were willing to undergo even the narco-analysis test. We are thankful to the NIA that they did not oppose bail,” advocate Jaleel Ahmed, who is also the brother of an accused Abrar Ahmed, told The Hindu .

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article2602667.ece

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India says positive indicators from Pakistan

Sep 16 2011,

SANDEEP DIKSHIT

Ahead of the Manmohan Singh-Yusuf Raza Gilani meeting next Friday in the Maldives, India said there had been “some positive indicators” emanating from Islamabad.

Briefing journalists on the two-day South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit on Saturday, Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai cited the quick return of the military helicopter that had strayed into Pakistani territory, the in-principle decision by Pakistan to give most favoured nation (MFN) status to India and the visit of a Pakistani Judicial Commission to Mumbai.

This will be the third prime ministerial meeting after Dr. Singh and Mr. Gilani met in Thimphu last year, on the margins of the SAARC summit, leading to the resumption of dialogue on several issues. They met later in Mohali on March 30 during the India-Pakistan cricket World Cup semi-final.

The Maldives engagement comes just at the head of the start of the second round of the resumed dialogue process.

Agenda

“All issues in bilateral relations will be discussed,” Mr. Mathai said about the agenda for the meeting on the sidelines of the SAARC summit, with the intention being to predicate India-Pakistan bilateral ties on a “more stable and normal basis.''

Pointing out that India-Pakistan ties should be such that minor incidents do not derail the overall trend towards a more cooperative and constructive relationship, Mr. Mathai said: “The issue of trading is one on which we have been holding out the hand of cooperation to Pakistan.”

Asked about the tendency of India-Pakistan bilaterals overshadowing SAARC meets, a trend that was commented upon by the coming SAARC summit host and President of the Maldives Mohd. Nasheed in Thimphu, Mr. Mathai threw the ball in the media's court.

Big ticket event

“The question is, who makes it a big ticket event? I think I am looking at those responsible for that. So, I leave it to you to introduce a sense of balance. We are meeting as eight sovereign countries who are all equals [sic] in the SAARC framework, and certainly we would like the focus to remain essentially on the common business of SAARC.

Vital relations

“And once we get beyond the common business of SAARC we have vital relations with all these countries. And certainly some of them have very substantive business with each other. So, we would certainly hope that the focus will not be diverted to one single event,” he replied.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article2602665.ece

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No going back on MFN to India, says Gilani

Sep 16 2011,

With the Pakistani media maintaining that the government was wavering on its decision to grant India the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status, Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Saturday stepped in to clear the air and categorically say the Commerce Ministry had been authorised to normalise bilateral trade.

Speaking to the media, Mr. Gilani said the Cabinet had unanimously authorised the Ministry to normalise trade relations with India and granting it the MFN status was part of that process. “There is no backtracking. There should be no misunderstanding that we are backtracking. We are committed and we will do it.''

Further, the Prime Minister pointed out that Pakistan's best friend, China, was trading with India as well.

For Full Report :

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article2602759.ece

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Gujarat: Naroda Patia case witness murdered

Nov 6, 2011

AHMEDABAD: A witness in the 2002 Naroda Patia massacre case, Nadeem Saiyed, was brutally murdered on Saturday. He was stabbed 28 times by four men at 7.30am allegedly for squealing to the police about illegal slaughter for cows in the area.

The four assailants came on a motorcycle and attacked Saiyed, a prominent RTI activist of Ahmedabad, when he came out to buy a newspaper in the Muslim-majority Juhapura neighbourhood.

Police claimed that eyewitnesses had told investigators that the attackers included a butcher, whom they named. The crime branch, which has been given investigation of the case, said the man suspected to have planned the murder had left for Dubai on Thursday.

Saiyed got threats for riot statement

A Congress worker, Saiyed was given a phone by a riot survivor of the Naroda Patia massacre after which he got involved in the case. The phone belonged to Ashok Sindhi, a key accused in the massacre. Saiyed had given the phone to the police.

As many as 95 people were killed on February 28, 2002 at Naroda Patia. Saiyed had also filed an FIR in August alleging that gangster Mehboob Senior had threatened him to not depose before the Nanavati Mehta Commission probing the 2002 riots.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/Naroda-Patia-case-witness-murdered/articleshow/10625781.cms

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Bullet-riddled body of journalist found in Khuzdar

November 06, 2011

QUETTA: A bullet-riddled body of a young journalist was found in Khuzdar, about 300-kilometre south of Quetta on Saturday morning. The victim was identified as Javed Naseer Rind who worked as a senior sub-editor at local daily in Mastung. Khuzdar police recovered the body near Ghazgi Chowk and shifted it to District Headquarters Hospital Khuzdar. The officers found a slip from the body in which his name was stated as Javed Rind. According to doctors, the body had bullet wound in head and multiple marks of torture. Rind was abducted on September 10 near his resident in Mehmoodabad area of Hub Town in Lasbela District. The relatives filed an FIR at Hub Police Station about the kidnapping of Rind soon after the incident. The Balochistan Union of Journalists has condemned the kidnapping and killing of Rind and demanded government constitute a high level committee to probe the incident. mohammad zafar

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\06\story_6-11-2011_pg7_3

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Five soldiers killed in Taliban attack in Pak tribal belt

Nov 6, 2011,

ISLAMABAD: Taliban militants armed with automatic weapons attacked a military convoy in northwest Pakistan's restive tribal belt, killing at least five soldiers and injuring three others, officials said on Sunday.

The convoy was attacked on Saturday near Razmak, over 50 km from Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal agency.

The militants used rockets, grenades and automatic weapons to target the convoy.The troops retaliated but there was no report of Taliban casualties, the officials said.

They said five soldiers were killed and three others injured in the attack.

Some media reports said about a dozen soldiers were killed in the attack but military authorities in South Waziristan and Peshawar denied this.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Five-soldiers-killed-in-Taliban-attack-in-Pak-tribal-belt/articleshow/10628506.cms

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Afghanistan suicide attack kills seven near mosque

Nov 6, 2011,

KABUL: At least seven civilians were killed and 15 others wounded when a suicide bomber detonated explosives near a mosque in Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan on Sunday, the interior ministry said.

The bomber attacked soon after prayers for the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha, ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said.

"We strongly condemn this. This is yet another act of violence against civilians, on this important day," he said.

Preliminary investigations indicated the attack was the work of the Taliban, he said.

Violence in the once-peaceful northern provinces has increased, with a series of high-profile attacks in the past year as insurgents seek to demonstrate their reach beyond the southern heartland.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Afghanistan-suicide-attack-kills-seven-near-mosque/articleshow/10630330.cms

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150 killed in militant sect attack in Nigeria

Sun Nov 06 2011,

At least 150 people were killed and several injured after a series of overnight shootings and bombings ripped through northeast Nigeria.

At least 150 people were killed in northeast Nigeria after a radical Islamic sect bombed police stations, churches and mosques as it stepped up its campaign to impose Sharia law in Africa's most populous country.

At least 63 people have been killed in bomb and gun attacks in the north-eastern Nigerian town of Damaturu on Friday, the Red Cross said.

But rescue agency officials said they counted up to 150 bodies at a mortuary and various places.

For Full Report :

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/deadly-attacks-rock-nigeria-150-dead/871511/

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Hajj 2011: Housing problems haunt pilgrims again

October 11, 2011

MAKKAH: Despite the unearthing of last year’s Hajj scam, local pilgrims on the holy pilgrimage have found themselves at the mercy of tour operators once again.

One group of Hajj pilgrims complained that the place of residence provided to them in Makkah is seven kilometres away from Haram al Sharif.

A pilgrim from Sargodha said that the building they were told about in the programme is different from the one actually allotted to them.

The pilgrim’s residence is seven kilometres away from Haram al Sharif and the building has only one lift for 200 people, he said.

For Full Report :

http://tribune.com.pk/story/271679/hajj-2011-housing-problems-haunt-pilgrims-again/

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Mullah Omar's Eid message for Taliban: Protect civilians or face punishment

November 5, 2011

Taliban leader Mullah Omar has warned his militant fighters that they will face penalties according to Shariah law if they are found hurting Afghan civilians.

In an 1,800-word Eidul Azha message, Omar calls on the militants to ensure safety of civilians and said civilian casualties were “painful” for the nation.

The Mujahideen have to take every step to protect the lives and wealth of ordinary people in accordance with their religious responsibility.

For Full Report :

http://tribune.com.pk/story/288075/mullah-omars-eid-message-protect-civilians-or-face-shariah-law/

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80,000 Muslims pray on the street in Moscow

11/06/2011

Tens of thousands of Muslim men knelt shoulder-to-shoulder in prayer on the freezing streets of Moscow on Sunday to celebrate the religious holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Estimates of the number of Muslims living or working in the Russian capital run from 2 million to as high as 5 million, but the city has few mosques.

Police said 170,000 people celebrated the holiday in Moscow, including 80,000 who gathered on the street outside what was once the main mosque. The 100-year-old pastel green Cathedral Mosque was torn down in September and a new mosque being built next to it is still under construction.

Many of those who braved temperatures of minus 8 degrees Celsius (18 degrees Fahrenheit) to pray on Sunday morning were migrant workers from countries in Central Asia that were once part of the Soviet Union.

For Full Report :

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/11/06/80000-muslims-pray-street-moscow.html

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Pakistan shifting nukes in ‘unsafe’ vans

Nov 6, 2011,

WASHINGTON: Fearful of a surprise US raid, Pakistan is shuffling its nuclear arsenal frequently in low security vans on congested roads, making them more vulnerable to snatch by Islamic terror groups.

Nuclear bombs capable of destroying entire cities are being transported in delivery vans on congested and often unmarked roads to hide them from the US, the country that funds much of Pakistan's military budget, two US magazines reported.

The Atlantic and the National Journal, in a joint report said that Pakistan's Strategic Plants division , which is charged with safeguarding Pakistani nukes has been ordered to shuffle the arsenal often to keep the location of nuclear weapons and components hidden from US and India.

Quoting US and Pakistani sources, the journals said the US raid killing Osama bin Laden had provoked anxiety among the Pakistani army about their weapons leading to increasing the pace of movements of the arsenal.

For Full Report :

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-shifting-nukes-in-unsafe-vans/articleshow/10626412.cms

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Pakistan rejects reports of nuclear insecurity

By Reuters

November 6, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Sunday dismissed an article in a US magazine that called it an “ally from hell” for Washington and raised questions about the safety of its nuclear arsenal and commitment to fighting militancy.

A statement from Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs termed the cover story of The Atlantic’s December 2011 issue “pure fiction, baseless and motivated.”

“The surfacing of such campaigns is not something new. It is orchestrated by quarters that are inimical to Pakistan,” the statement said.

Writers Jeffrey Goldberg and Marc Ambinder wrote that Pakistan is “an obvious place” for militants to seek nuclear weapons or materials because of a weak government and infiltration of its security forces by jihadist sympathisers.

But Pakistan, the article said, is more concerned about American designs on its nuclear arsenal and goes to great lengths to conceal its weapons.

For Full Report :

http://tribune.com.pk/story/288476/pakistan-rejects-reports-of-nuclear-insecurity/

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Indo-Pak trade ties to help resolve major rifts: Khar

November 06, 2011

LAHORE: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Saturday that Pakistan believed in peaceful co-existence and that the corner stone of its foreign policy was to have cordial and good relations with its neighbours.

She said this while addressing a press conference. Khar said that Pakistan’s foreign policy was aimed at establishing good relations with its neighbours and added that troubled foreign relations had improved in recent months, which was evident from the upcoming trade talks with New Delhi. She said that normal trade relations with India would result in progress on other issues between the two countries.

The foreign minister noted that relations would further improve as India had supported Pakistan in the United Nations Security Council non-permanent seat elections for the first time in history. She also congratulated the nation on winning the seat and added that it showed that Pakistan was not isolated in the comity of nations. She said that this win was the result of efforts by the Foreign Office and the untiring hard work of Pakistani diplomats working in United States.

For Full Report :

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\06\story_6-11-2011_pg7_1

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Tripoli eases toward normalcy

November 06, 2011

Libyans buy sheep ahead of the Eid-ul-Azha in Tripoli. –Photo by Reuters

RIPOLI: The Muslim festival of Eid-ul-Azha is just around the corner, but Ismail doubts he can afford a sheep, whose sacrifice and sharing with family, friends and the poor is central to the feast.

Prices in the Libyan capital have “skyrocketed, and I don’t have access to all the money in my bank account,” says the father of five.

“If I buy the sheep, I won’t have any money left for the rest of the month.”

Tripoli and the regime of strongman Muammar Qadhafi fell at the end of August, and life has begun returning to normal in the Mediterranean seaside capital.

But Ismail’s plight is common in an economy where cash is still short and where, after thousands of migrant workers fled during months of fighting, there is a serious labour shortage.

At the same time, many of the foreign investors who also fled the violence have yet to return.

For Full Report :

ttp://www.dawn.com/2011/11/05/tripoli-eases-toward-normalcy.html

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Fives Indians dead as ship sinks near Oman

November 06, 2011

An Indian ship sank off the coast of southern Oman, drowning five Indian sailors and leaving nine others missing.

The ship MSV Shiv Sagar MNV 2169 sank near the southern Dhofar region of Oman on Saturday, local media reports said.

Six sailors were rescued after the Omani coast guards and naval vessels launched a rescue operation but nine others are still missing, the Gulf news reported.

The southern Dhofar region was hit by torrential rains this week, flooding the region and killing 12 people.

The Met authorities in the region had on Friday cautioned fishermen and other seafarers to check the condition of the sea over the next 24 hours before venturing out.

The rescued sailors were initially taken to the Sadah Hospital for treatment. They were being kept at the police station in Sadah city, which is located around 140 km from Salalah in southern Oman as the rescuers searched for the missing.

The nine missing sailors were identified as Captain Prabhulal, Engineer Suresh, Lalji, Bharat, Mohan Mehta, Ashraf Asam, Yusuf Saamra, Suleiman Haji Sumara and Hussain Sumaraa.

http://www.asianage.com/international/fives-indians-dead-ship-sinks-near-oman-662

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Taliban kill five soldiers in Razmak

November 06, 2011

MIRANSHAH: Taliban launched an attack on a military convoy in the tribal areas on Saturday, killing five soldiers and wounding three others, security officials said. The convoy came under attack near Razmak, more than 50 kilometres south of Miranshah in North Waziristan, officials said. “The convoy was moving from one area to another when Taliban attacked it, killing five soldiers and wounding three others,” a security official in Peshawar said. Another security official in Miranshah confirmed the incident, saying terrorists were armed with rockets and automatic weapons. “They also hurled grenades in the attack,” the official said. Troops retaliated immediately with small and heavy weapons but there was no report of Taliban casualties, he added. afp

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\06\story_6-11-2011_pg7_6

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Bomber dies in failed suicide attack

November 06, 2011

QUETTA: A man allegedly carrying explosive materials died when they went off near Hazara Town, a suburb of Quetta, on Saturday. According to a local police official, the man wanted to place the explosive material somewhere in Hazara Town, a township dominated by the Hazara community. However, it detonated when the man was near a drainage line, killing him instantly. According to the Bomb Disposal Squad, the man was carrying around 3 kilogrammes of explosives. A heavy contingent of police and paramilitary troops of the Frontier Corps (FC) reached the site soon after the blast and cordoned off the area. Police recovered the man’s wallet from the scene, from which they recovered a copy of a CNIC of Pervez Elahi, a resident of Dera Allah Yar. “It was a failed suicide attack, the bomber was heading to Shia population area in Hazara town,” Hamid Shakeel, a senior police officer, told AFP. “A Shia mosque is also located in the area. Apparently Shias were the target but the explosive went off before time.” staff report

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\06\story_6-11-2011_pg7_7

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Terrorist ring commander killed in Swat

November 06, 2011

SWAT: A terrorist commander, Gull Rehman, and his accomplice were killed in an operation launched by the security forces in Swat on Saturday. Rehman along with his accomplices was trying to flee the security forces’ operation to Bara Bandi via Mangoli. The security forces opened fired at them and killed two on the spot, while arrested one. The arrested terrorist was shifted to an unidentified place for investigation. online

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\06\story_6-11-2011_pg7_15

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Three killed in ambush

November 06, 2011

LANDIKOTAL: Three killed, six injured in Loy Shelman on Saturday in a feud between two families in Landikotal. According to sources, in a gun battle between armed persons of two families of Loy Shelman of Parang Dara in Landikotal, three persons onboard a van coach were killed in an ambush and three others of the same Mir Baz Family were injured by rival family members. Whereas three more were shot wounded from Muhammad Sharif family of Parang Dara Loy Shelman here on Saturday afternoon, administration spokesman informed. The killing spat occurred due to a long-standing land dispute, administration spokesman said. The injured were rushed to Landikotal hospital where from serious ones were referred to Peshawar with escort of Khasadar Force from Landikotal. The two families could not be contacted because of communication problem. sudhir ahmad afridi

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\06\story_6-11-2011_pg7_18

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Two killed in violence

November 06, 2011

KARACHI: Two people were killed in separate incidents of violence that took place in the metropolis on Saturday. A youth was shot dead at a cricket ground at Sacchal Goth within the limits of Sachal police station. Unidentified armed motorcyclists arrived at the ground and shot dead the youngster. The body was shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for medico-legal formalities. SHO Azhar Ali Iqbal said the victim, later identified as Mohammad Aslam son of Akhter with the help of his cell phone record, was a resident of Tariq Road. The officer said that the victim was living alone due to some family dispute and used to work at a garments shop. Another police official said that they were investigating the possibility of a dispute pertaining to girl which motivated the incident. A case could not be registered till filing of the report. A man was stabbed to death at his house in Farooq Colony, Orangi Town, within the limits of Orangi Town police station. The victim, 45-year-old, Idrees Bengali, son of Mehboob Alam, was a resident of sector 5, Farooq Colony, Orangi Town. He was sleeping at his house when an unidentified man barged into it and stabbed him to death. The body was shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for an autopsy. SHO Asif Rauf said the victim was a father of four children and an employee of a private factory in SITE area. The officer said the victim had some conflict with his brother-in-law, Javed, and his elder son in his statement said that Javed was the one who entered their house and murdered his father. He further informed that the conflict arose around two years ago. Police have registered a case against Javed on the complaint of state and initiated a probe. staff report

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Suicide bomber kills six in north Afghanistan

November 06, 2011

KABUL: A suicide bomber blew himself up in the midst of worshippers concluding prayers marking a key Muslim festival in northern Afghanistan, killing six people including two local police commanders, officials said on Sunday.

The bomber struck as worshippers were exiting a mosque in Baghlan province’s Old Baghlan City and were congratulating each other on the start of the Eid al-Adha, the Feast of the Sacrifice, said Lal Mohammad Ahmadzai, spokesman for the regional police commander in the north.

Ahmadzai said at least 20 other people were wounded in the blast, which occurred in the city’s Hassin Tal village.

Among the six people killed were two local police commanders, said Kamen Khan, the police chief in Old Baghlan City.

One of them was a well-known local leader named Abdul who, like many Afghans, goes only by one name.

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http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/06/suicide-bomber-kills-six-in-north-afghanistan.html

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Three bombs kill six in Baghdad market: Iraqi police

November 06, 2011

Police say three roadside bombs have killed six people in central Baghdad. - AFP (File Photo)

BAGHDAD: Police say three roadside bombs have killed six people at a market in central Baghdad at the beginning of a Muslim festival.

Officials said the bombs, planted on Sunday in different parts of the Iraqi capital’s Shorja market, killed afternoon vendors and afternoon shoppers buying goods for the Eid al-Azha feast.

Police officials said twenty-one people also were wounded.

The casualties were confirmed by health officials. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Iraqi Shia’s mark the beginning of the Eid on Monday, while Sunnis do so on Sunday.

Violence across Iraq has dropped dramatically, but deadly attacks still happen nearly everyday as the US moves to withdraw all of its 33,000 troops from Iraq by the end of the year.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/06/three-bombs-kill-six-in-baghdad-market-iraqi-police.html

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Israeli air raids kill Gaza militant

November 06, 2011

GAZA CITY: Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed an Islamic Jihad militant and wounded three other Palestinians on Saturday, Palestinian medics and witnesses said.

Security sources said three raids targeted the city of Khan Yunis, with the first two not causing casualties.

Witnesses said Abed Muhana, 20, a member of the Al-Quds Brigades, armed wing of Islamic Jihad, was killed in the raid. Medics said three other people were wounded.

An Israeli military spokesman said the aircraft targeted “terrorists preparing to fire rockets at Israel.”

Palestinian militants later fired a rocket from Khan Yunis towards Israel.

“A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip towards Ashkelon,” an Israeli port city just north of the territory, an Israeli army spokeswoman said.

A military source said one person was lightly wounded.

On Thursday, two Palestinians were killed in an air strike in the northern Gaza Strip.

Israel said its air force targeted a “terrorist squad” that had opened fire on troops in a border area.

That strike came after several days of calm in and around Gaza following a spike in violence last weekend when 12 Palestinian militants and an Israeli civilian were killed.

Militant groups say they are observing an Egyptian-brokered truce agreement but have reserved the right to reply to any Israeli fire, while Israel warns of action against any militants poised to fire rockets across the border.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/06/israeli-air-raids-kill-gaza-militant.html

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Syrian forces kill 4 at start of Eid: Activists

Nov 6, 2011,

AMMAN: Syrian forces shot dead at least four civilians on Sunday in a continued military assault on the central city of Homs and in an attack on pro-democracy demonstrations that erupted after prayers marking the main Muslim feast, an activist group said.

Three of the deaths occurred in Homs, 140 km (90 miles) north of Damascus, where a main district has been under tank bombardment since Tuesday. One demonstrator was shot dead when security police fired at a protest demanding the removal of President Bashar al-Assad in the city of Hama to the north, the Syrian Revolution General Commission (SRGC) said.

The organisation said in a statement that at least 10 protesters were also injured in the town of Talbisah near Homs and in Harra in the southern Hauran Plain.

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Pak: FC convoy escapes bomb attack in Sibbi

November 06, 2011

QUETTA: A convoy of Frontier Corps (FC) troops escaped a remote-controlled blast in Mian Ghundi on Sibbi Road, outskirts of Quetta, on Saturday. According to security forces sources, unidentified persons planted an explosive device on Sibbi Road and detonated it when a convoy of FC vehicles passed by. However, no one was hurt in the blast as it took place a few minutes after the convoy had passed by. The security personnel cordoned off the areas soon after the blast. According to official sources, around 4 kg explosives were used in the blast. No group has claimed the responsibility for the attack. Security forces are investigating the incident. staff report

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\06\story_6-11-2011_pg7_8

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Radical Muslim sect grows more dangerous in Nigeria

Nov 05 2011,

The imam's insistent, lecturing voice comes right to the point over the scratchy audio recording: "Holy war is the only way to bring change for Muslims in Nigeria."

Abubakar Shekau urges followers of his feared Boko Haram sect to carry out more assassinations and bombings. The group's violent campaign already has left more than 240 people dead this year. On Friday, a suicide bomber hit a military base while explosives detonated around Maiduguri -- attacks that bore the hallmarks of Boko Haram.

''Whomever we kill, we kill because Allah says we should kill and we kill for a reason,'' Shekau says in a recording of a sermon obtained by The Associated Press.

Boko Haram, which in August bombed the United Nations headquarters in Nigeria, is the gravest security threat to Africa's most populous nation and is gaining prominence despite efforts by the military and police to stamp it out. A security agency crackdown, which human rights activists say has left innocent civilians dead, could be winning the insurgency even more supporters.

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http://www.indianexpress.com/news/radical-muslim-sect-grows-more-dangerous-in-nigeria/871260/

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Iran says ready for the worst, warns US of collision course

Nov 4, 2011,

Iran's foreign minister said on Thursday that Tehran was "prepared for the worst" and warned the US against putting itself on "collision course" with his country. On the sidelines of a news conference in the Libyan city of Benghazi, minister Ali Akbar Salehi was asked about news reports of US accelerating plans for a strike on Iran over its controverial nuclear programme .

"The US has unfortunately lost wisdom and prudence in dealing with international issues. It depends only on power. They have lost rationality ; we are prepared for the worst but we hope they will think twice before they put themselves on a collision course with Iran," Salehi said. US and Western powers suspect Tehran is seeking to build nuke weapons, a charge Iran denies. It says its nuclear programme is for purely peaceful ends.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-says-ready-for-the-worst-warns-US-of-collision-course/articleshow/10601642.cms

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IAEA report on Iran set to stoke Middle East tension

6 November 2011,

VIENNA - The UN nuclear watchdog is expected this week to issue its most detailed report yet on research in Iran seen as geared to developing atomic bombs, heightening international suspicions of Iranian intentions and fuelling Middle East tension.

Western powers are likely to seize on the International Atomic Energy Agency document, which has been preceded by media speculation in Israel of military strikes against Iranian nuclear sites, to press for more sanctions on the oil producer.

But Russia and China fear the publication now of the IAEA’s findings could hurt any chance of diplomacy resolving the long-running nuclear row and they have lobbied against it, signalling opposition to any new punitive UN measures against Iran.

Iran rejects allegations of atomic weapons ambitions, saying its nuclear programme is aimed at producing electricity.

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http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/November/middleeast_November147.xml&section=middleeast

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Muslims gather on Arafat for peak Hajj day

November 06, 2011

MOUNT ARAFAT: More than two million Muslims began massing on Saturday on Saudi Arabia’s Mount Arafat and its surrounding plain, marking the peak day of the largest annual pilgrimage.

Swarms of pilgrims who had spent the night in Mina, some 10 kilometres northwest of Arafat, surged through the roads leading to the mountain after midnight.

“I am responding to your call, God,” they chanted in unison. Many went on buses, while others set off on foot from Mina, a tent-village that comes to life only during the five-day pilgrimage. Others took the Mashair Railway, also known as the Makkah Metro, to go to Mount Arafat and its surrounding plains, where Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) is believed to have delivered his final sermon. The gathering in the plains around Mount Arafat symbolises the climax of the Hajj which ends on Sunday with Eidul Azha, or the Feast of Sacrifice.

“I’m so happy to have set foot on Arafat’s sacred soil,” Indonesian pilgrim Noor Laila told AFP.

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http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\06\story_6-11-2011_pg7_4

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Over 400 rescuers to guard Rawalpindi during Eid

November 06, 2011

RAWALPINDI: Punjab Emergency Service (Rescue 1122) will remain on emergency alert during Eidul Azha holidays in all 36 districts of Punjab while in Rawalpindi more than 400 rescuers will perform special duties in district control room.

Emergency rescue stations with 14 equipped emergency ambulances, 12 fire vehicles, two water tanks and four special vehicles. Emergency vehicles will be deputed at all major Eid congregations and sensitive areas along with trained emergency staff to provide immediate pre-hospital emergency cover if needed. Emergency Officers including trained doctors will supervise the arrangements during these days.

The leaves of the rescuers have been restricted in this regard and they have been assigned special emergency duties to provide the emergency medical, rescue and fire fighting services to the citizens during Eid holidays.

Main cities of the province including Rawalpindi, Lahore, Faisalabad, Multan, Gujranwala, Sargodha, Bahawalpur, Dera Ghazi Khan, Sahiwal, Sialkot, Rahim Yar Khan, Jhang, Toba Tek Singh, Muzafargarh, Rajanpur, Mianwali, Pakpattan, Kasur, Gujrat, Bahawalnagar, Jehlum, Attock, Khanewal, Vehari, Chakwal, Okara, Hafizabad, Sheikhupura, Lodhran, Nankana Sahib, Khushab, Mandi Baha-ud-din, Narowal, Layyah, Bhakkar and Murree will be covered by rescuers of Rescue 1122. Special mobile posts will also be established for effectively providing medical cover to the public gatherings in all the cities. Special rescue posts will be set up in Rawalpindi at Chandni Chowk Murree Road, Pirwadhai More, Civil Lines Station Kutcheri Chowk, Bahria Town G.T. Road, GPO Chowk Sadder, Faizabad Flyover, Liaqat Bagh, Nawaz Shareef Park, Jinnah Park and Ayub Park. app

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\06\story_6-11-2011_pg11_4

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Lahore sees influx of beggars prior to Eid ul Azha

November 06, 2011

By Muhammad Aayan

LAHORE: The number of beggars in the city seem to rise near occasions such as Eid. Beggars flock towards urban centres on Eids in order to collect as much Eidi as they could. This year too, young and old beggars alike have made it to the city and are seen asking for money at different roads of the city.

Previous surveys and media reports had shown that a normal city beggar collected around Rs 1,000 per day, whereas the paralysed ones or those with facial disfigurations, easily made Rs 2000 in a day. However, during the Eid days these beggars can earn upto Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000 in a day, as people easily depart with money in the name of Eidi. An influx of beggars has been witnessed at the Darbar Data Saab, The Mall, Gulberg, Model Town, Barkat Market, Shadman, Gari Shahu, MM Alam Road, Walton, Ferozpur Road, Iqbal Town and Samanabad.

However, this time round, the beggars are seen to be using different styles and tactics to get themselves noticed by the pedestrians and commuters.

The alms seekers usually play with the psyche of people by emotionally exploiting them with fake tears or by displaying their deformities, however, this time they have adopted quite different ways.

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http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011%5C11%5C06%5Cstory_6-11-2011_pg13_1

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Saudi Prince Salman named new defence minister

November 06, 2011

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz was named the kingdom’s new defence minister on Saturday in a royal decree read on state television. The appointment of Prince Salman, 76, follows the death of his elder brother Crown Prince Sultan, who had held the position for five decades, last month. Prince Salman, governor of Riyadh province for nearly 50-year, now controls the top-spending ministry in Saudi Arabia, which has long used arms purchases to turn its military into one of the best equipped in the Middle East and to bolster ties with Western allies such as the United States, Britain and France. reuters

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\11\06\story_6-11-2011_pg7_9

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Trans-Afghan gas pipeline, the dream that won’t die

November 3, 2011

Afghan officials have pledged security forces, and talk about burying part of the pipeline underground, but even then it would still snake through the Taliban heartlands of Helmand and Kandahar in the south of Afghanistan. — Photo by Reuters

KABUL: On paper, it’s one of the sweetest gas deals there is. At one end, the world’s second largest gas field; at the other, 1.2 billion people demanding clean energy, and in the middle, countries in desperate need of revenues and jobs.

In reality — and especially when that reality passes through Afghanistan and Pakistan en route to India — things are a lot tougher.

Only last week, Pakistan’s Petroleum Ministry said it had agreed purchase terms with putative gas supplier Turkmenistan, and would sign a contract in mid-November. An official in the ministry said Turkmenistan would supply 1.3 billion cubic feet of gas per day for 25 years.

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http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/03/trans-afghan-gas-pipeline-the-dream-that-wont-die.html

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Israel’s president says attack on Iran “more and more likely”

November 06, 2011

Israeli President Shimon Peres told Israeli private television’s second channel: “The intelligence services of the different countries that are keeping an eye on (Iran) are worried and putting pressure on their leaders to warn that Iran is ready to obtain the nuclear weapon,” Israeli media reported. - AFP (File Photo)

JERUSALEM: Israeli President Shimon Peres said “an attack on Iran” by Israel and other countries was “more and more likely.”

He told Israeli private television’s second channel: “The intelligence services of the different countries that are keeping an eye on (Iran) are worried and putting pressure on their leaders to warn that Iran is ready to obtain the nuclear weapon,” Israeli media reported.

“We must turn to these countries to ensure that they keep their commitments … this must be done, and there is a long list of options,” Peres declared.

Israel on Thursday completed a major civil defence drill in the Tel Aviv region aimed at simulating a response to conventional and non-conventional missile attacks, the military said.

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http://www.dawn.com/2011/11/06/israel%E2%80%99s-president-says-attack-on-iran-%E2%80%9Cmore-and-more-likely%E2%80%9D.html

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Protesters gather at Syrian embassy in London

November 06, 2011

Protesters gathered outside the Syria embassy in London. Photograph: Amnesty International/guardian.co.uk

Dozens of anti-government demonstrators gathered outside the Syrian embassy in London on Tuesday to show that they would not be silenced despite reports that President Bashar al-Assad's regime is trying to stifle international condemnation by torturing the relatives of those protesting abroad.

Many clutched placards on which they had written their names and home towns in Arabic and English as they chanted: "Down, down Assad!" and "One solution: revolution!"

The "I am not afraid" protest, which was co-ordinated by Amnesty International, attracted around 40 Syrians from around the UK.

In contrast to previous demonstrations, when protesters have reported being photographed by embassy employees, there was no sign of diplomatic staff or attempted interference with the hour-long event.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/04/protesters-syrian-embassy-london

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Pakistan communication satellite begins beaming

Nov 06, 2011

Pakistan's communication satellite, which was launched by China, is functioning fine, said Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani who described the project as an example of Islamabad-Beijing strategic ties.

Gilani on Saturday said that the PAKSAT-1R satellite project is yet another manifestation of the long-standing strategic relationship between Pakistan and China, taking the time-tested friendship to new heights.

At the inauguration of Satellite Ground Control Station and commencement of the satellite's communication services in Lahore, he said the satellite has reached its intended orbit and all subsystems are functioning perfectly well, reported Associated Press of Pakistan.

The country's first communications satellite PAKSAT-1R, which is a part of Pakistan's Space Programme-2040, was launched in August on board China's Satellite Launch Vehicle from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre.

The satellite has a design life of 15 years and will provide TV broadcasting, Internet and data communication services across South and Central Asia, Eastern Europe, East Africa and the Far East. This satellite now enables extending of communication services to all areas of Pakistan.

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http://www.asianage.com/international/pakistan-communication-satellite-begins-beaming-633

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American who joined Libyan rebels returns to US

6 November 2011

 LINTHICUM, Maryland — An American writer who went missing in Libya for months returned to the United States on Saturday night, telling reporters he went to the Middle Eastern nation to participate in the uprising against dictator Moammar Gaddafi and was on a reconnaissance mission when he was captured.

Matthew VanDyke was met by dozens of friends and relatives and members of the media when he arrived at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

Earlier this year, the 32-year-old VanDyke was working in Baltimore on a book and film about a motorcycle trip across the Middle East and southeast Asia when he decided to witness the uprising in Libya.

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Sudan lodges Juba ‘border war’ complaint with UN

5 November 2011

 KHARTOUM - Sudan has lodged a fresh complaint with the UN Security Council detailing South Sudan’s alleged support for rebels in its war-torn border states, just four months after partition, state media reported on Saturday.

Sudan’s UN ambassador, Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman, provided “detailed, confirmed information explaining the support of the government of the south for the rebels in South Kordofan and Blue Nile,” the SUNA news agency reported.

It is the second time Khartoum has addressed such complaints to the Security Council since southern independence in July, reflecting the fragile relations between the former civil war enemies.

The letter accused Juba of supplying the rebels in Blue Nile state with “anti-aircraft missiles, tanks, mines, guns and ammunition,” as well as “an infantry battalion to strengthen the insurgency in Kurmuk.”

The Blue Nile rebel stronghold, which straddles the border with Ethiopia and is also close to South Sudan, was overrun by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) on Thursday, after two months of conflict in the politically divided state.

The letter, which was delivered to the president of the UN Security Council, also claimed that South Sudan is sheltering a large number of rebels who fled from Blue Nile south of the border to the town of Renk.

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Israel strike to shut airports, economy on Monday

Nov 6, 2011,

JERUSALEM: Israel's main labour union plans a strike that would shut airports, ports, banks and the stock market starting on Monday after talks with the government failed to produce an agreement over the status of workers employed through labour contractors.

The Histadrut Labour Federation, the umbrella organisation for hundreds of thousands of public sector workers, said the strike would begin at 0600 (0400 GMT) on Monday and would also include trains, buses, universities, government ministries and municipalities.

Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv will close at 0800 local time.

"The strike will be unlimited and only a court injunction will prevent it," Ofer Eini, the head of the Histadrut, told Israel's Army Radio on Sunday.

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Five-soldiers-killed-in-Taliban-attack-in-Pak-tribal-belt/articleshow/10628506.cms

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Top US general fired for calling Karzai government ungrateful

Nov 6, 2011,

WASHINGTON: A top US general has been sacked in Afghanistan for intemperate remarks against president Hamid Karzai and the entire Afghan leadership, calling them "corruption plagued" and ungrateful of US support , in an interview published on Politico.

Major General Peter Fuller, deputy commander of Nato's mission to train Afghan forces was axed after making "inappropriate public comments", CNN reported quoting US and Nato officials in Kabul.

He is the second top US general to face the axe, after general Stanley McChrystal, former chief Nato commander in Afghanistan, who was dismissed in June last year after his remarks belittling Obama administration officials in an interview to Rolling Stone magazine.

He also said that, Afghan leaders did not fully recognize the human and financial cost borne by the US administration for Afghanistan and calling them ungrateful of American support.

He also criticized Karzai after his remarks last month that Afghanistan would support Pakistan, if Islamabad went to war with the US.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Top-US-general-fired-for-calling-Karzai-government-ungrateful/articleshow/10626584

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Time to change policy towards Pakistan: US lawmaker Ackerman

Nov 4, 2011,

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is making no effort to reign in the Lashkar-e-Taiba or other terrorist organisations and it was time America changed its policy towards the country, a top US lawmaker has said.

"It is not a secret that LeT which was responsible for the horrific November 2006 massacre of civilians in Mumbai, an attack that clearly implicated the Pakistani military, operates openly in Pakistan," Congressman Gary Ackerman said at a Congressional hearing on Thursday.

The government of Pakistan, he said, has made "no effort to interfere, disrupt, arrest, or shut down any of these groups or their activities" and it is "no secret" that Osama Bin Laden was living comfortably in Abbottabad.

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Time-to-change-policy-towards-Pakistan-US-lawmaker-Ackerman/articleshow/10601734.cms

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UN plans to reveal fresh proof of Iran nuclear weapons

Nov 6, 2011

VIENNA: The UN atomic agency plans to reveal intelligence next week suggesting Iran made computer models of a nuclear warhead and other previously undisclosed details on alleged secret work by Tehran on nuclear arms, diplomats said.

Other new confidential information the IAEA plans to share with its 35 board members will include satellite imagery of what it believes is a steel container used for nuclear arms-related high explosives tests.

Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi has said that UN evidence is a fabrication . "The Americans raised documents like this in the past: the Niger scandal," he said, in reference to claims made prior to the 2003 Iraq war, based on a forgery, that Baghdad had sought uranium from Niger.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/UN-plans-to-reveal-fresh-proof-of-Iran-nuclear-weapons/articleshow/10626559.cms

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Pakistan is continuing to harbour terrorists: Home Secretary

Sun Nov 06 2011,

India today said Pakistan is continuing to harbour terrorists on its soil and despite repeated requests it has taken no steps to dismantle the terror infrastructure there.

"We have been taking up (the issue) with Pakistan. We have taken (it) up with Pakistan in various forums -- bilateral as well as multilateral forums. But unfortunately, it has had no effect on the ground," Union Home Secretary R K Singh told reporters here.

He was replying to questions on whether Pakistan has been taking action to stop cross-border terrorism.

"Though they (Pakistan) keep telling us that they do not encourage terrorists or that they do not encourage people from operating from their soil, on the ground there has been no difference," he said.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had recently said that there were reports of cross-border camps being reactivated and attempts being made to induct fresh batches of militants into the country.

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http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistan-is-continuing-to-harbour-terrorists-home-secretary/871578/

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JuD not included in new list of banned terror groups in Pak

Sun Nov 06 2011,

The Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a front organisation for LeT which carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks, is not included in a new list of 31 banned extremist and terrorist groups released by Pakistan's Interior Ministry.

The Interior Ministry released the list of banned organisations yesterday as part of efforts to bar such groups from collecting the hides of animals sacrificed during the Eid-ul-Azha festival.

Hundreds of hides collected every year by members of the groups are sold to raise funds.

Though the Lashkar-e-Taiba was included in the new list, the JuD was not on it.

In the wake of the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people, the UN Security Council had declared the JuD a front for the LeT.

After the Mumbai attacks, Pakistani leaders like Interior Minister Rehman Malik insisted that the JuD had been banned.

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http://www.indianexpress.com/news/jud-not-included-in-new-list-of-banned-terror-groups-in-pak/871583/

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Former top cops among 7 indicted in Benazir Bhutto murder case

Sun Nov 06 2011,

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court hearing the Benazir Bhutto assassination case today indicted seven people, including two former top police officers responsible for providing security to the ex-Premier.

Former Rawalpindi police chief Saud Aziz and ex-Superintendent of Police Khurram Shahzad were indicted by the court along with five alleged members of militant groups who were identified as Hasnain Gul, Rafaqat Hussain, Sher Zaman, Aitzaz Shah and Abdul Rasheed.

The two former police officers have been accused of negligence in providing security to Bhutto.

Prosecution lawyers said the indictments of the suspects were of varying nature. Details were not immediately known.

Following the indictment, the judge of the Rawalpindi-based anti-terrorism court adjourned the case till November 19.

Bhutto was killed by a suicide attacker shortly after addressing an election rally in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/former-top-cops-among-7-indicted-in-benazir-bhutto-murder-case/871259/

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Defying US, Palestinians press forward with UN bid

Sep 16 2011,

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Maliki speaks during a press conference in the West Bank city of Ramallah. (AP)

In a direct challenge to the United States, the Palestinians have said they will ask the Security Council next week to accept them as a full member of the United Nations, even though Washington has promised to veto the measure.

The Palestinian assertion came on Thursday, as a senior US diplomatic team was in the region trying to avert an embarrassing showdown and relaunch peace talks. By pushing forward, the Palestinians risk putting President Barack Obama in the uneasy position of having to veto a measure supported by the vast majority of the international community.

Foreign Minister Riad Malki told foreign journalists the Palestinians were not looking for a fight. But he said the American stance puts the US in a 'confrontational position' with the rest of the world, and suggested American credibility could be at stake.

“I don't know what it means to the standing of the US in the United Nations and among the countries of the world”, he said.

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http://www.indianexpress.com/news/defying-us-palestinians-press-forward-with-un-bid/847534/

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