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No 'Qurbani' for you: Police stop Ahmadis from ritual sacrificing in Lahore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Whenever I go [to Mecca], in my heart I see the [Kaaba] like it is crestfallen because of the buildings around it,” the president of the Directorate General for Religious Affairs (Diyanet), Mehmet Görmez said. AA photo

 

 

Mideast

Kaaba like imprisoned with constructions: Turkey’s top religion official

Suicide bomber kills 12 soldiers in south Yemen

Israeli troops kill Palestinian who rammed army base

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula video details suicide assaults against Yemeni

 

Pakistan

No 'Qurbani' for you: Police stop Ahmadis from ritual sacrificing in Lahore

What Right Have Muslims to Copyright the Name Allah, Asks Pakistan Daily

PPP Chairman declares war on “hijackers of faith”

Karachi operation: Rangers, police arrest 60 suspects

 

North America

U.S. to sell $10.8B in missiles, bombs to Saudi Arabia, UAE

More American Jewish Students Are Studying the Arab World

US sees no threat to Libya links from Al-Libi seizure

New York pupils could get Muslim school holidays

NSA surveillance supported drone strikes, says report

 

Arab World

Spate of Attacks on Shi'ite Muslims Kills 59 People in Iraq

Shelling in northern Syria kills 20

Saudi Arabia rejects seat on UN Security Council

Al Qaeda strikes fear into Iraq's government-backed Sunni militia

Egypt political deadlock 'to end after Eid': Islamist leader

Syria rebels kill top intelligence officer blacklisted by the US: State TV

Shoura to review closure of stores during prayer times

UAE ranks first among Arab countries on human rights respect

 

South Asia

New election in Maldives in doubt as challengers dither over list

President calls for parties to cease attempts to obstruct election

Afghanistan Security Tops Pakistani Prime Minister's Agenda for Meeting With Obama

US may use Romanian airbase for Afghan pullout

 

Europe

Human rights coalition report to the United Nations criticised in mosques today

Blast at mosque in Russia's North Caucasus kills suspected bombers

Ethiopia police 'torture and abuse' political prisoners: HRW

New bill forces terrorists’ relatives to pay compensation for attacks

UN says more troops needed to stabilize Mali

 

Africa

Tunisia army 'kills several terrorists'

Militia rivalries threaten new war in post-revolt Libya

Top commander of Libya's military police force killed by gunmen-source

Muslim leaders press for increased teacher vetting to counter radicalisation in Kenya

Nigeria Elected to UN Security Council

 

Southeast Asia

Indonesian Police Gun Down Suspected Militant

Malaysia will be laughing stock of the world over Allah issue, says DAP

Dr Mahathir tells Christians to leave Allah where they are, don’t “bring it to the peninsula”

 

India

128 communal incidents in 21 days left 62 dead: UP government to SC

Police rule out action against youth for carrying Osama pictures

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Pakistan

No 'Qurbani' for you: Police stop Ahmadis from ritual sacrificing in Lahore

October 17, 2013

LAHORE: Lahore police stopped various members of the Ahmadi community in Lahore from slaughtering animals as part of ‘Qurbani’ ritual on Eidul Azha, proclaiming that the ritual of animal sacrifice was an Islamic injunction whereas Ahmadis were not Muslims.

The Express Tribune learnt that police from the Islampura Police Station directed Tahir* in Sanat Nagar not to sacrifice his bull, which he had bought and tied in front of his house a day before Eid.

At the direction of police, Tahir had to remove the animal from his house.

On the same night, Hanjarwal police raided the house of Ahmad* at Sabzazar and took him to the police station, where he was detained for two hours. When his family members reached the police station, officials agreed to release him, but not before he provided a a written assurance that he will not perform the sacrifice meant to remember the Prophet Ibrahim’s (AS) tradition of presenting Ismail (AS) for sacrifice, said one of Tahir’s family members.

Jamaat-e-Ahmadiyya spokesperson Saleemuddin, while talking to The Express Tribune, said all of this was too much for the Ahmadia community in Lahore.

He said that the police, instead of providing security to the citizens, was meddling in sectarian issues and supporting hardliners.

*Tahir and Ahmad are fabricated names to protect the identities of the victims.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/619038/no-qurbani-for-you-police-stop-ahmadis-from-ritual-sacrificing-in-lahore/

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What Right Have Muslims to Copyright the Name Allah, Asks Pakistan Daily

October 18, 2013

A newspaper in Muslim-majority Pakistan has joined in the chorus of criticism against Putrajaya over the use of the word Allah by non-Muslims.

The English-language Daily Times, in its editorial piece in conjunction with the Eid-al-Adha celebrations, was critical of the controversial ruling by the Court of Appeal which reversed a previous High Court ruling, allowing Catholic weekly Herald to use Allah in its Bahasa Malaysia section.

It lamented that the problem with Muslims is that they looked at their religion like it was an "insecure entity" that needed to be protected with special care and attention lest it gets smeared and nullified.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/what-right-have-muslims-to-copyright-the-name-allah-asks-pakistani-daily

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PPP Chairman declares war on “hijackers of faith”

2013-10-18

KARACHI: Chairman of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari, on Friday said he was declaring jihad (holy war) against “hijackers of the faith”, DawnNews reported.

Addressing his supporters at Karachi’s Karsaz on the occasion of the sixth anniversary of the Oct 18, 2007 bomb blasts that killed 176 people during a historic rally led by Benazir Bhutto, Bilawal promised supporters that he would fight for the people.

The PPP chairman said that on Oct 18, the Taliban had used a child in the suicide attack on the rally led by his mother on her return from Dubai.

He said the PPP was a party of jiyalas (zealots), adding that it had given numerous sacrifices on several occasions.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/news/1050169/bilawal-declares-war-on-hijackers-of-faith

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Karachi operation: Rangers, police arrest 60 suspects

2013-10-18

KARACHI: Rangers' personnel arrested 16 suspects Friday during targeted operations in different parts of Karachi while the East and West Zone police arrested 44 suspects in the past 24 hours, DawnNews reported.

The arrested suspects were guilty of various crimes. Security forces' personnel moreover confiscated weapons and explosives from the suspects during the raids.

Targeted operations were conducted by security men in Alfalah, Fakir Colony, Jehangirabad, Nazimabad and Garden areas of the city.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/news/1050165/karachi-operation-rangers-police-arrest-60-suspects

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Mideast

 

Kaaba imprisoned with constructions: Turkey’s top religion official

October 18, 2013

Turkey’s top religious official has blasted the Saudi Arabian government for massive renovation work surrounding the Grand Mosque, Islam’s holiest place of worship, which also houses the cube-shaped Kaaba.

“It is almost like the Kaaba is imprisoned by the shopping malls and the hotels [built around it],” the president of the Directorate General for Religious Affairs (Diyanet), Mehmet Görmez, said during an interview broadcast on public station TRT Türk.

Speaking ahead of the last day of the annual hajj pilgrimage, Görmez said he had been observing major changes in Mecca for the past 10 years but noted his disturbance with the changes that have “weakened the soul of the hajj.”

“Whenever I go [to Mecca], in my heart I see the [Kaaba] like it is crestfallen because of the buildings around it,” Görmez said.

He said the rising luxury of hajj travel and other changes had damaged the profoundness of the religious ritual, which is central to Muslim belief.

“Our [standards of living] rise, our hotels become more luxurious. The number of hotels with a view of the Kaaba and VIP [suites] is increasing, but the hajj spirit is fading away. We have seen that the hajj’s educational and transformational side is diminishing,” he said, noting his disgust with the changes.

Also touching upon the multi-billion-dollar renovation project that the Saudi government has launched to provide more space for the millions of Muslims who make the pilgrimage, Görmez said alternative solutions could have been found.

“Even if the works continue, at most 5 million people can go on the hajj. But the demand is 20 million. If a satellite city could have been founded on the Mecca and Jeddah plateaus at the beginning, transportation could have been enabled via metros running beneath Mecca,” he said.

The Diyanet president also expressed his pleasure with Turkish President Abdullah Gül’s hajj visit. Gül became the first Turkish president to perform the religious duty while still in office.

The president returned to Turkey yesterday evening.

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/kaaba-like-imprisoned-with-constructions-turkeys-top-religion-official.aspx?pageID=238&nID=56437&NewsCatID=393

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Suicide bomber kills 12 soldiers in south Yemen

October 18, 2013

ADEN, Yemen: A suicide car bomber killed 12 soldiers and wounded six others Friday in an attack on a military command centre in southern Yemen's Abyan province, security and military sources said.

The attack in the district of Ahwar targeted the command centre of the 111th Brigade, the security source said, adding that the commander of the brigade was "seriously" wounded in the blast.

The sources gave an initial toll of six dead, but said later that it had doubled to 12. The commander was still among the six wounded.

The military source said the bomber had used an armoured vehicle to carry out the attack.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

On Thursday gunmen suspected of membership in Al-Qaeda carried out two attacks targeting a police post and a security checkpoint near Abyan, military sources said.

A soldier was killed and two others wounded in the attack on the security checkpoint, they added.

Suspected Al-Qaeda fighters carry out frequent attacks in southern Yemen, a lawless region where jihadist groups are active.

On Tuesday a police officer was gunned in a motorcycle drive-by shooting in Hadramawt province.

Last month a gun battle in Abyan province left two suspected Al-Qaeda militants and a pro-government militiaman dead, after a failed attack on the head of a militia that backs the government.

The militias, who recruit from the area's heavily armed tribes, fought a fierce war alongside the army in mid-2012. They helped to drive Al-Qaeda militants out of the main cities of Abyan, after the extremist network had held them for a year.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has intensified its attacks on security forces in Yemen, taking advantage of the weakening of the Sanaa central government since a popular uprising that toppled president Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Oct-18/234960-suicide-bomber-kills-6-soldiers-in-south-yemen.ashx#ixzz2i7NjQHYM

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Israeli troops kill Palestinian who rammed army base

October 18, 2013

A Palestinian man who used a tractor to break into an Israeli army base in the West Bank has been shot and killed by soldiers, according to a spokesperson for the Israel Defense Forces.

The man broke down the gate to the base, between Ramallah and Jerusalem.

Military doctors treated the man for his injuries but he died a short time later. There were no Israeli injuries.

Palestinian sources told AFP that the dead man was named Yusef Ahmed al-Radaydeh.

Israeli media reports say Radaydeh was the brother of Miri al-Radaydeh, who rammed a bus and a police car, injuring two policemen, with a bulldozer before being shot dead, in Jerusalem in 2009.

There have been a number of recent deadly attacks by Palestinians on Israelis in the West Bank, as well as the shooting of a nine-year-old girl a fortnight ago.

The BBC's Kevin Connolly, in Jerusalem, says the violent incidents form an unpromising backdrop to the peace negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians, which continue behind closed doors.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-24575427

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Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula video details suicide assaults against Yemeni

By BILL ROGGIO

October 17, 2013

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has released a video showing the attacks on three Yemeni military bases in Shabwa province that took place on Sept. 20. A copy of the video, which was published on YouTube yesterday and is embedded above, contains English subtitles.

More than 50 Yemeni policemen and soldiers were killed in the attacks, which targeted a military camp that was responsible for security at oilfields in Shabwa; a military checkpoint in the Al Nushaima area; and Special Forces encampment. Additionally, AQAP fighters failed in their attempt to attack the Balhaf liquid natural gas terminal on the coast [see LWJ report, AQAP launches multiple suicide assaults in southern Yemen].

The video shows computer-generated maps of the operations, and notes that a "blitzkrieg group" was involved in one of the attacks. The AQAP video is similar to another produced by the Islamic State of Iraq, al Qaeda's affiliate, that documented operations against Iraqi security forces in Haditha in 2012. In that video, computer graphics and maps were used to detail the raid. The Haqqani Network has also produced similar videos detailing raids in Afghanistan.

In one clip of the AQAP video, a suicide bomber is captured on tape ramming into a Yemeni military base.

"Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar. Here goes the martyrdom seeker. Here he goes," the narrator says, and a white SUV rams into the base and detonates in a massive explosion. The narrator claims that 48 Yemeni soldiers died in the blast.

AQAP's video also displays a large quantity of weapons and several vehicles that were seized after the Special Forces camp was overrun.

Additionally, the video shows a number of captured Yemeni soldiers. One soldier, who identifies himself as a captain, is interviewed. He claims that 21 Yemeni soldiers were captured by during the raids.

"Do you know that you and the Americans are in the same trench? The [American] spying drones are in the sky and you are on the ground," an AQAP leader asks the group of Yemeni soldiers.

"What is the difference between you and the Americans? Haven't you thought about this issue? Haven't you considered yourselves and the Americans in one front? When Americans bombard our brothers with unmanned drones, who collect their bodies? It's you the soldiers. You take their bodies. You and the Americans are in one front," the AQAP leader chides the Yemeni soldiers.

"You and the Americans are one," he later says to the soldiers. But he then says that they are not the target of AQAP, and appeals to the soldiers not to fight alongside the Americans.

AQAP followed up the Sept. 20 assaults in Shabwa with a raid on military headquarters in Mukallah in Hadramout on Sept. 30. The base was controlled by the AQAP fighters for days before the military retook control.

http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2013/10/aqap_video_details_suicide_ass.php#ixzz2i7JBWQjM

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North America

 

U.S. to sell $10.8B in missiles, bombs to Saudi Arabia, UAE

October 18, 2013

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon said Thursday it planned to sell Washington’s Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates $10.8 billion worth of missiles and munitions, including “bunker-buster” bombs.

The move follows a series of U.S. weapons deals in recent years that have bolstered the air power and missile arsenals of Gulf states, which view Iran as a menacing rival with nuclear ambitions.

The pending sale comes as the United States and five other major powers pursue high-stakes diplomacy on Iran’s disputed nuclear program, with talks this week portrayed as positive by both sides.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Oct-18/234947-us-to-sell-108b-in-missiles-bombs-to-saudi-arabia-uae.ashx#ixzz2i7NykxHy

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More American Jewish Students Are Studying the Arab World

By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA

2013/10/17

Miriam Berger studied Arabic at Wesleyan University, lived twice as a student in Jordan, did thesis research in the West Bank and, after graduation, worked in Cairo. And like many of the Americans she has met each step of the way, she is Jewish.

“I don’t see it as a contradiction at all,” said Ms. Berger, 23, who grew up near Philadelphia where she attended a Jewish day school. “I grew up hearing so much about the Middle East, how it was this dangerous place we can’t understand, but as I learned more, every day it felt like old ideas were being challenged, and I wanted to contribute to better understanding.”

In the United States, colleges and universities are riding a two-decade surge in Middle East studies, reflecting that region’s consistent pull on American economics and security. And while there are no definitive demographic data, students and professors say that in classrooms, or in undergraduate study-abroad and postgraduate fellowship programs in the Middle East and in Arabic, it is not unusual for one-quarter or more of the students to be Jewish.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/18/us/more-american-jewish-students-take-up-study-of-arabic.html

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US sees no threat to Libya links from Al-Libi seizure

 October 18, 2013

WASHINGTON — As suspected Al-Qaeda terrorist Nazih Al-Ruqaii (alias Abu Anas Al-Libi) went before a US judge in the Southern District of New York against the wishes of the Libyan government, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki on Wednesday explained that the US values its relationship with Libya saying, “we work closely with [Libya] on a range of issues, and we expect that will continue”.

After Prime Minister Ali Zidan was kidnapped for several hours last week just days after US Army special forces captured Ruqaii (and removed him from Libya on Oct. 5, US authorities in Washington are say they have no fears over the future of the close ties between the US and Libya that developed after the 2011 Libyan revolution.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20131018183893

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New York pupils could get Muslim school holidays

18 October 2013

AFP, New York

School children in New York are likely to get two extra days off to mark the biggest annual Muslim holidays if the city’s next mayor gets his way.

New York schools currently have mandatory holidays for the Christian festivals Easter and Christmas, and the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Passover.

But the school term often clashes with Islam’s biggest festivals of Eid al-Adha and Eid al-Fitr, forcing Muslim children to choose between religion or study.

Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio, the frontrunner in the race to be mayor, has told Muslim voters that New York should respect everyone’s faith.

“That’s why we have to respect people of Muslim faith by providing the Eid school holidays for children in our school system,” he said Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/world/2013/10/18/New-York-pupils-could-get-Muslim-school-holidays-.html

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NSA surveillance supported drone strikes, says report

ctober 18, 2013

This week the continuing exposés on the U.S. National Security Agency’s covert surveillance programmes raised alarm among civil liberties groups and human rights advocates when a report suggested that the Agency is extensively involved in President Barack Obama’s “targeted killing” programme using drone strikes.

Citing documents made available by whistleblower Edward Snowden, a report in the Washington Post on Thursday said it was the NSA’s eavesdropping on e-mails that led to the killing of Hassan Ghul, an al-Qaeda associate who provided “a critical piece of intelligence that helped the CIA” find Osama bin Laden, in a drone strike in Pakistan’s tribal belt in October 2012.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/nsa-surveillance-supported-drone-strikes-says-report/article5244717.ece

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Arab World

 

Spate of Attacks on Shi'ite Muslims Kills 59 People in Iraq

MOSUL, Iraq | Fri Oct 18, 2013

(Reuters) - Attacks on Shi'ite Muslims killed at least 59 people across Iraq on Thursday, including a suicide truck bomb targeting members of the country's Shabak minority, police and medics said.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for any of the attacks, but Shi'ites are viewed as apostates by hardline Sunni Islamists who have been regrouping and gathering pace in an insurgency this year.

Militants linked to al Qaeda have in the past attacked Shabaks, who are mainly Shi'ite.

Sectarian tensions in Iraq and the wider Middle East have been brought to a boil by Syria's civil war, which has drawn Sunnis and Shi'ites from the region and beyond into battle.

Ten bombs exploded in primarily Shi'ite districts of the Iraqi capital late on Thursday, killing 44 people in all, police and medics said. One blast occurred near an amusement park north of Baghdad's Sadr City neighbourhood, killing six children.

Full report at:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/10/18/uk-iraq-violence-idUKBRE99G0JW20131018

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Shelling in northern Syria kills 20

 18 October 2013

Beirut: Syrian activists say shelling in the country’s embattled northern province of Aleppo has killed at least 20 people.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the shelling took place in the town of Tel Aran on Friday.

The Observatory, which relies on a network of activists on the ground, says the civilians were killed in two separate incidents.

The group says seven people died when forces loyal to President Bashar Al Assad fired on their car. Another 12 people were killed in a shelling attack on the town.

http://gulfnews.com/in-focus/syria/shelling-in-northern-syria-kills-20-1.1244429

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Saudi Arabia rejects seat on UN Security Council

 18 Oct 2013

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia on Friday rejected its freshly-acquired seat on the U.N. Security Council, saying the 15-member body is incapable of resolving world conflicts such as the Syrian civil war.

The move came just hours after the kingdom was elected as one of the Council's 10 nonpermanent members.

In a statement carried by the official Saudi Press Agency, the Foreign Ministry said the Council has failed in its duties toward Syria.

This, the ministry said, enabled Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime to perpetrate the killings of its people, including with chemical weapons, without facing any punishment.

Full report at:

http://news.yahoo.com/saudi-arabia-rejects-seat-un-security-council-090849059.html

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Al Qaeda strikes fear into Iraq's government-backed Sunni militia

 18 Oct 2013

BAGHDAD, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Ahmed froze as he opened the small white envelope left on his doorstep in the Iraqi town of Latifiya. Shaking, he looked around before reading the words scrawled on the envelope. Inside was a bullet.

"The message was clear: I must leave or I will be slaughtered," said Ahmed, who immediately left home with his family and is now living with relatives in another town.

Ahmed, who did not want his full name used, was targeted for belonging to a government-backed Sunni Muslim militia formed at the height of Iraq's sectarian conflict in late 2006, when Sunni tribesmen joined forces with U.S. troops and rebelled against al Qaeda in what came to be known as the "Sahwa" (Awakening).

Full report at:

http://www.trust.org/item/20131018114319-0k757/?source=hpbreaking

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Egypt political deadlock 'to end after Eid': Islamist leader

ctober 18, 2013

A plan to end Egypt's political deadlock will be unveiled after Eid Al-Adha, Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya's Aboud El-Zomor has told US website The Daily Beast.

The hardline Islamist group is a key ally of the Muslim Brotherhood and has been taking part in protests calling for the reinstatement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. Two of the group leaders, Assem Abdel-Maged and Tarek El-Zomor (Aboud’s cousin), are wanted by police for inciting violence and are currently in hiding.

"The situation now is that no one can force their conditions. Neither the Brotherhood nor SCAF [the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces] can do this, so they are prepared for dialogue," El-Zomor told The Daily Beast.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/84149/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-political-deadlock-to-end-after-Eid-Islamist.aspx

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Syria rebels kill top intelligence officer blacklisted by the US: State TV

October 18, 2013

Syrian rebels have killed a top intelligence officer in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, Syrian state media said on Oct. 17.

"Major General Jamaa Jamaa was martyred while carrying out his national duties to defend Syria and its people and pursuing terrorists in Deir Ezzor," state television said in a breaking news alert.

Blacklisted by th United States a few years ago, Jamaa was head of military intelligence in the province, where the regime has been battling armed opposition fighters seeking to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/syria-rebels-kill-top-intelligence-officer-blacklisted-by-the-us-state-tv.aspx?pageID=238&nID=56412&NewsCatID=352

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Shoura to review closure of stores during prayer times

 18 October 2013

RIYADH —A Shoura Council member is all set to present a draft to the consultative body recommending hospitals, pharmacies and shopping malls remain open during prayer times.

Issa Al-Ghaith said the closures, enforced by the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia), are applied due to official instructions and there is no Shariah law to that effect. The draft will also recommend amendment of several regulations of the Haia, Al-Eqtisadiah Arabic daily reported Thursday.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20131018183963

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UAE ranks first among Arab countries on human rights respect

(Wam) / 18 October 2013

The nation scores 71.15 per cent on the International Human Rights Rank Indicator issued by the Switzerland-based Global Network for Rights and Development.

BERN - The United Arab Emirates has emerged first among Arab countries, and 14th globally, in terms of respect for human rights, scoring 71.15 percent on the International Human Rights Rank Indicator (IHRRI) issued Thursday by the Switzerland-based Global Network for Rights and Development (GNRD).

Norway came first on GNRD’s human rights indicator achieving 90.22 percent while the United States came in the 20th position due to its responsibility for human rights outside its territory, way ahead of Syria which came in the 210th position.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/inside.asp?xfile=/data/nationgeneral/2013/October/nationgeneral_October211.xml&section=nationgeneral

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South Asia

 

New election in Maldives in doubt as challengers dither over list

October 18, 2013

MALE, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Hopes that a presidential election in the Maldives would go ahead on the weekend faded on Friday with a new voter registry not ready because of objections from challengers to the country's first democratically elected leader.

The Indian Ocean archipelago of tropical holiday islands has been in turmoil since February last year when Mohamed Nasheed, who in 2008 won the Maldives' first free elections, was ousted in disputed circumstances that his supporters called a coup.

Nasheed looked set to win a run-off vote on Sept. 28, after he came first in a Sept. 7 first round, but the Supreme Court called off the vote, citing first-round fraud.

The election was re-scheduled for Saturday but Election Commissioner Fuwad Thowfeek said it was in question as the parties of two contestants who lost last time had yet to sign a new voter registry.

Full report at:

http://www.trust.org/item/20131018080337-14az7/?source=hpbreaking

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President calls for parties to cease attempts to obstruct election

By JJ Robinson | October 18th, 2013

President Mohamed Waheed has urged parties “not to act in a fashion that obstructs holding of the election and to prioritise national interest over personal interest”.

Waheed made the statement after the Progressive Party of the Maldives (PPM) and Jumhooree Party (JP) this morning failed to sign the voter registry by the Elections Commission’s sunrise deadline.

Signing of the registry by the candidates is a new demand contained in the Supreme Court’s guidelines for the election, following its annullment of the first round of polls shortly before midnight on October 7.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/president-calls-for-parties-to-cease-attempts-to-obstruct-election-68895

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Afghanistan Security Tops Pakistani Prime Minister's Agenda For Meeting With Obama

ctober 18, 2013

WASHINGTON -- Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif plans to put Afghanistan at the top of the agenda when he meets with President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 23.

Specifically, Sharif wants to discuss Pakistan's reservations about the state of its war-torn neighborhood after NATO troops withdraw, as well as the expected security pact between the United States and Afghanistan.

Many top officials in Pakistan worry that such a security agreement would allow Afghanistan to seek U.S. help for military action inside Pakistani territory. Likewise, there are concerns about how security problems in a post-withdrawal Afghanistan could spill over into Pakistan, which shares a border of some 1,600 miles.

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/17/obama-pakistan_n_4116829.html

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US may use Romanian airbase for Afghan pullout

October 18, 2013

WASHINGTON: The United States is close to a deal with Romania that would see American troops return home from Afghanistan via an air base on the Black Sea, officials said Thursday.

The proposed agreement would solve a major logistical hurdle facing the US as it pulls out the bulk of its combat forces and gear from Afghanistan over the next year.

Under the arrangement, troop flight operations would shift to Romania from Manas airbase in Kyrgyzstan, where a lease expires in July 2014, US defense officials told AFP.

The tentative plan will be discussed Friday when Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel hosts Romania’s Defence Minister Corneliu Dobritoiu for talks, said two Pentagon officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/619075/us-may-use-romanian-airbase-for-afghan-pullout/

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Europe

 

Human rights coalition report to the United Nations criticised in mosques today

ctober 18, 2013

A contentious human rights report to the United Nations by a coalition of non-governmental organisations was heavily criticised in today's sermon in mosques nationwide.

The sermon issued by the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) said the report by the Coalition of Malaysian Non-Governmental Organisations (Comango), "threatened the sovereignty of Islam".

"Among the issues raised were freedom of religion and the acknowledgement of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders. They also questioned the Islamic Family Law which is allegedly discriminatory towards Muslim women, Shiites and more," Jakim said.

The question is, what are the reasons behind all these allegations and complaints to the council in Geneva?" Jakim questioned through the sermon entitled 'Dealing With the Concept of Freedom'.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/comango-report-to-the-un-criticised-in-mosques-today

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Blast at mosque in Russia's North Caucasus kills suspected bombers

18 Oct 2013

MOSCOW, Oct 18 (Reuters) - A bomb exploded outside a mosque in Russia's North Caucasus on Friday, killing two suspected suicide bombers in a region where Moscow is battling an Islamist insurgency.

Russian security forces are trying to quell the unrest in the mostly Muslim region only hundreds of kilometres away from President Vladimir Putin's planned venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The blast occurred at 3.00 a.m. local time at the entrance to a cemetery outside a mosque in the village of Dygulubgey in the Kabardino-Balkaria region, local investigators said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://www.trust.org/item/20131018073706-oqtht/?source=hpbreaking

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Ethiopia police 'torture and abuse' political prisoners: HRW

ctober 18, 2013

Ethiopian authorities are torturing and mistreating political detainees to extract confessions, Human Rights Watch says.

The US-based group says former prisoners at the main detention centre in Addis Ababa described being beaten and kicked during interrogation.

It accuses Ethiopia of using anti-terrorism laws to stifle dissent.

The government has dismissed the report as biased and lacking credible evidence, according to AFP news agency.

The report by HRW says police investigators at Maekelawi prison use illegal interrogation methods, keep inmates in poor detention conditions, and routinely deny them access to a lawyer.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-24576942

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New bill forces terrorists’ relatives to pay compensation for attacks

ctober 18, 2013

The State Duma has approved the first reading of a bill that allows the relatives of terrorists to pay compensation for the damage inflicted during their attacks.

The bill consists of a set of amendments to the Russian Criminal Code and the Law on Terrorism. Apart from making terrorists and their relatives pay damages, including the moral damages, resulting from terrorist attacks, it simplifies the legal procedures allowing punishment for terrorists’ recruiting and training as well as for forming terrorist groups.

Full report at:

http://rt.com/politics/russia-terrorists-relatives-compensate-227/

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UN says more troops needed to stabilize Mali

ctober 18, 2013

The UN has said more soldiers are needed to help stabilize Mali and combat militant groups. Recent election results have given hope for peace but violence continues to highlight the country's instability.

The UN envoy to Mali told the UN Security Council on Wednesday that forces in the country must be strengthened in the face of renewed violence by armed groups and terrorists. He called a string of recent attacks in the country a "wake up call" that the local government and international community still have work to do in stabilizing Mali's restive northern region.

Full report at:

http://www.dw.de/un-says-more-troops-needed-to-stabilize-mali/a-17164533

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Africa

 

Tunisia army 'kills several terrorists'

October 18, 2013

TUNIS: Tunisian security forces have killed "several terrorists" in an operation against an armed group suspected of an attack this week in which two policeman died, the interior ministry said Friday.

"Special forces from the interior ministry, the National Guard and the army took part in this operation. It began with air strikes and we are now in the terrestrial phase," ministry spokesman Mohamed Ali Aroui told AFP.

"Several terrorists have been killed, but we can't say how many as the operation is ongoing."

Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou, speaking on private radio station Mosaique FM, said late on Thursday that the group was made up of around 20 to 25 fighters.

Two policemen were killed and another wounded in Thursday's clash in the Beja region, 70 kilometres (45 miles) west of Tunis, where they were trying to verify the presence of an armed group sheltering there.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Oct-18/234978-tunisia-army-kills-several-terrorists.ashx#ixzz2i7JafNue

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Militia rivalries threaten new war in post-revolt Libya

October 18, 2013

TRIPOLI, Oct 18 (Reuters) - When gunmen snatched Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from his Tripoli hotel last week, it was a rival armed militia he thanked for his rescue hours later.

Even for Libyans accustomed to their democracy's unruly beginnings, the drama at the Corinthia Hotel was a startling reminder of the power former fighters wield two years after they ousted Muammar Gaddafi, and the dangers of their rivalry.

Police and troops from Libya's nascent army were at the scene, but the former militiamen showed they are the arbiters in a struggle between rival tribal and Islamist leaders over the post-revolution spoils of the North African oil producer.

Between them, they have edged Libya close to a new war that threatens the democratic gains of the NATO-backed revolt.

Full report at:

http://www.trust.org/item/20131018062204-dg0i3/?source=hpbreaking

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Top commander of Libya's military police force killed by gunmen-source

 18 Oct 2013

BENGHAZI, Libya, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Unknown gunmen shot dead the top commander of Libya's military police force as he left his house in the eastern city of Benghazi to attend Friday prayers, a security source said.

"Several shots hit Ahmed al-Barghathi. He was brought to hospital but later died there," the source said.

Benghazi in the restive east of the OPEC producer has been hit by a wave of violence by armed groups and radical Islamists.

http://www.trust.org/item/20131018113918-4m4vb/?source=hpbreaking

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Muslim leaders press for increased teacher vetting to counter radicalisation in Kenya

By Rajab Ramah in Nairobi

October 17, 2013

Kenyan schools and mosques must vet teachers more closely and develop a unified Islamic education curriculum to prevent the radicalisation of young minds, Muslim leaders say.

"Radicalisation is a concern to every one of us, and we must stop it by using sober people to preach to our children," said Sheikh Khalfan Khamis, chairman of the Council of Muslim Scholars in Kenya. "If we continue using bitter people to preach Islam, [we will] fail to give the true standpoint on issues to do with the religion."

Such concerns follow a recently leaked National Intelligence Service (NIS) report which claims that al-Shabaab sympathisers have penetrated some schools and mosques in Kenya in an effort to radicalise and recruit students.

Full report at:

http://sabahionline.com/en_GB/articles/hoa/articles/features/2013/10/15/feature-02

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Nigeria Elected to UN Security Council

BY JAIYEOLA ANDREWS AND ZACHEAUS SOMORIN WITH AGENCY REPORTS

18 OCTOBER 2013

After months of canvassing for Nigeria's inclusion in the United Nations Security Council, the country, Thursday, finally got elected to occupy one of the non-permanent seats on the council. Also elected were Chad, Chile, Lithuania and Saudi Arabia. According to the Washington Post, Saudi Arabia and Chad easily won the seats despite criticisms from human rights groups.

Nigerian and four other candidates, endorsed by regional groups, faced no opposition, as there were no contested races for the first time in several years.

Hailing Nigeria's inclusion as a Security Council member, President Goodluck Jonathan welcomed the development and conveyed Nigeria's appreciation of the support of all member countries of the UN who voted for the country's election.

Full report at:

http://allafrica.com/stories/201310180098.html?viewall=1

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Southeast Asia

 

Indonesian Police Gun Down Suspected Militant

ctober 18, 2013

Indonesian police killed a suspected militant and arrested two others, national police said Friday, in an ongoing clampdown on terrorism.

Police from counter-terrorism unit Densus 88 shot dead Thursday a suspect named Suardi after he resisted arrest and opened fire, national police spokesman Ronny Sompie told AFP.

Suardi was reportedly a 50-year-old former school teacher. The two other men detained were identified as Ahmad Iswan and Jodi.

Police seized from the men a pistol, a modified air gun, bullets and two kilograms of fertilizer, said another national police spokesman, Boy Rafli Amar.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/police-gun-down-suspected-militant/

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Malaysia will be laughing stock of the world over Allah issue, says DAP

ctober 18, 2013

Malaysia is on the road to being the laughing stock of the world with Putrajaya's political solution of having two sets of laws for Christians in East and West Malaysia.

DAP national vice-chair Teresa Kok (pic) said having two sets of law was not just ridiculous, but also unacceptable.

She was referring to the Allah issue where, after the Court of Appeal banned the word in the Bahasa Malaysia section of the Catholic weekly, Herald. Putrajaya maintained that its 10-point solution still stands, meaning that the word can be used by Christians in the Borneo states in worship and publications.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/malaysia-will-be-laughing-stock-of-the-world-over-allah-issue-says-dap

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Dr Mahathir tells Christians to leave Allah where they are, don’t “bring it to the peninsula”

ctober 18, 2013

Christians from outside Peninsular Malaysia are creating "tension between religions" by importing the use of the word Allah, said former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic).

He said Christians in the peninsula did not traditionally use Allah in their worship, hence those who are originally not from Peninsular Malaysia should not be asking to be allowed to use it.

"Our view before was people who already use it can continue doing so, but why bring it to the peninsula? It's never been in use in the peninsula anyway," he said today commenting on the Court of Appeal ruling that the Catholic weekly Herald was not allowed to use the word Allah in its Bahasa Malaysia section, which caters to Sabahans and Sarawakians, as it was "not an integral part of the Christian faith and practice".

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/dr-mahathir-tells-christians-to-leave-allah-where-they-dont-bring-it-to-the

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India

 

128 communal incidents in 21 days left 62 dead: UP government to SC

Dhananjay Mahapatra, TNN | Oct 18, 2013

NEW DELHI: To dispel the allegation of bias in enforcing law and order after the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar and four other districts last month, the UP government on Thursday informed the Supreme Court that 128 communal incidents in 21 days resulted in death of 62 persons.

Placing the state government's affidavit before a bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Justices Ranjana P Desai and Ranjan Gogoi, senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan said though 99 communal incidents took place in Muzaffarnagar, stray incidents had started from August 27 and continued till September 16 in all five districts.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/128-communal-incidents-in-21-days-left-62-dead-UP-government-to-SC/articleshow/24307164.cms

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Police rule out action against youth for carrying Osama pictures

M Saleem Pandit, TNN | Oct 18, 2013

SRINAGAR: The Jammu & Kashmir police on Friday ruled out action against a few masked youth, who carried slain al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden's pictures after Eid prayers outside Srinagar's Eidgah two days earlier.

"There was a minor incident when a few sentimental young boys displayed the posters of Osama. Otherwise there is no report of any sympathizers of him in Kashmir," a senior police officer said on the condition of anonymity.

The youth displayed posters after separatist leader Mirwiaz Umar Farooq addressed the Eid gathering and stressed Kashmiris want "cooperation and not confrontation between India and Pakistan."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Police-rule-out-action-against-youth-for-carrying-Osama-pictures/articleshow/24346793.cms

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Total Comments (5)

  • 5 .
    "Such a comment is a symptom of either stupidity, depravity or extreme hostility. Or all three!"
    I would feel obliged if you consider all three. Would it help you psychologically? I am at your service always.
    By rational mohammed yunus 20/10/2013 22:04:46
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    Rational says, "Moronic clerics and moronic police! Third is you."


    Such a comment is a symptom of either stupidity, depravity or extreme hostility. Or all three!


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin 19/10/2013 23:27:56
  • 3 .

    Moronic clerics and moronic police!

    Third is you.

    It is an example of implementation of sharia to protect the finality of prophet hood of rahmat ul lilalimeen under the penalty for apostates.

    I read a monthly Risla "Huda" Brailvi/Sufi oriented. It carried an article on fitna-e-Qadyaniat. All sects of Suuni Islam in one voice declared Qadyanis are apostates and their penalty is death.

    This issue aside. Why they need this cave aged bloody ritual to pacify their merciful God?  Well people were slaughtering the animals including human beings to please their angry gods/devtas/shaitans. Hz Ibrahim only replaced one God for countless gods.

    It may had some rationality in that period. What is its spiritual benefit now? Are not Muslims morons now?

    In Uttrarakhand India in some temples slaughter of male-buffaloes and he-goats was carried out at large scale. Now they have abandoned this practice. Why not Muslims?

    If you say against it publicly just imagine the reaction of Muslims. 

    Is it the Muslims' problem or Islam has made them such morons. 

    You are advocating the rights of Ahmadis. It is good, but what is this right. A bloody, hysterical ritual in this age!!!

    Where is your common sense and rationality at this moment? or it dies within you the moment come to save the Islam. or it gets life only when we speak something against your wishful thinking.

    By rational mohammed yunus 19/10/2013 21:37:17
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    "No 'Qurbani' for you: Police stop Ahmadis from ritual sacrificing in Lahore" -


    Moronic clerics and moronic police!


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin 18/10/2013 13:03:57
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    "Saudi Arabia has no other option but to turn down Security Council membership until it is reformed...." -

     

    Amusing to see Saudi Arabia talk of reforms! Saudi Arabia needs to reform itself first. End the monarchy. Grant minorities full rights to practice their religion. Recognise gender equality.

     

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin 18/10/2013 11:10:09