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Islamic World News ( 8 Jan 2013, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Non-Muslims can’t use ‘Allah’, says Sultan of Malaysia’s Selangor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southeast Asia

Non-Muslims can’t use ‘Allah’, says Sultan of Malaysia’s Selangor

Guide Dogs Allowed in Islam: Malaysia Mufti

Indonesia Muslims Protect Churches on Xmas

Filipino praises Saudi justice system

Malaysian Police Raid Sect, Seize Weapons: Report

 

North America

Inflammatory ads linking Islam to terrorism go up in New York subways

Head of Mosque in Miami under trial for terrorism charges

Al Gore profits from the stealth jihad: Former V P makes common cause with U.S. enemies

US Muslims Knock Doors of Political Life

Muslim Clinic Treats Poor Americans

Hillary Clinton to testify on Libya assault on January 22

New York man sentenced to jail for 15 years in plot to join a terrorist group

Hunt for negotiated end to AfPak war

Chicago police probe mystery death of Indian-origin lottery winner

White House would consider Afghanistan ‘zero’ option

Muslim Sport Competition Coming to Toronto

 

India

Shia pressure group wants Jewish temple to be declared as Waqf

Cyber police ask YouTube to block Owaisi's hate speech

India to respond to 'ghastly' attack on troops: Salman Khurshid

MIM's Akbaruddin Owaisi faces charges of sedition, waging war

LoC killings: Congress doubts Pakistan's intention

If Pak beheaded 2 of our soldiers, India should decapitate 40 in retaliation, says Shiv Sena

Name and shame Pakistan before the world, says BJP

Pak crosses LoC, beheads one Jawan, slits another’s throat

Pak's action highly objectionable: Defence minister

5 officers held guilty in J&K clash with Jawans

Prime accused in Kokrajhar Ethnic Clashes held

J&K likely to have fifth Kashmiri CS

India asks Pak to uphold sanctity of LoC

Multi Agency Centre had alerted of a terrorist raid in LoC

Farooq Abdullah to take part in World Future Energy Summit

In 2008, ‘Malegaon bombers’ had Godhra in crosshairs, did a recce

 

Europe

German church, researchers fall out over sexual abuse by clergy

French Muslims Rise against Gay Marriage

Use of child soldiers in Central Africa on increase, says UNICEF

Germany from Xenophobia to Islamophobia

UN wants to use surveillance drones in Congo

France jails man for funding al Qaeda-linked group

Russia, U.S. to Meet Syria Envoy Brahimi on Friday

 

South Asia

Maldivian Government submits sexual harassment bill to Majlis

In Old Taliban Strongholds, Qualms on What Lies Ahead

Maldivian Juvenile Court denies fornication charges filed against 15 year-old girl

Killing of 11 Bangladeshis was pre-planned

 

Pakistan

Special Assistant to Sindh C M for removal of encroachments around shrines

A senior al-Qaeda operative among12 killed in Pak drone strike

Tahirul Qadri episode nothing but storm in a teacup: Nawaz Sharif

India and Pakistan must look at things through ‘a new lens’: Hina Rabbani Khar

Nawaz Sharif bats for peace, economic integration with India

Kidnapped Sikh man beheaded in Pakistan's tribal belt

Pak activist Jahangir suggests castration for Delhi rapists

Pak denies cross-LoC attack; claims 'ground verification' done

Pakistan to reopen YouTube after filtration

No headway: Legislation to abolish death penalty unlikely

 

Arab World

Saudi beheads Sri Lankan maid for murdering baby

Saudi Arabian authorities behead Syrian citizen for drug trafficking

UAE quizzing women linked to detained Islamists: report

Program launched to educate students about the values of the Prophet (pbuh)

UAE Militant Cell Linked to Yemen's Al Qaeda: Dubai Police Chief

Syria air strike kills four young siblings: activists

Iraq shuts Jordan border crossing over Sunni protests

The rapid encroachment of an Islamic state in Egypt

Syria rebels free 48 Iranians in prisoner swap

Syria to Swap Prisoners for Iranians Held by Rebels, Turkish Group Says

Aid Groups for Syrians See Needs Growing More Dire

Contractor Settles Case in Iraq Prison Abuse

Saudi Ph.D. student wins award at Rome scientific conference

 

Mideast Asia

Hagel to rein in Israel on Iran strike: Commentators

Iran: Foreign Ministry Voices Optimism in Hagel Nomination in U.S.

Iran: Ayatollah Discourages Talk of Vote’s Fairness

 

Africa

Nigeria Moves Russian Arms Smuggling Suspects to Police Cells

Nigerian Pirates Free Kidnapped Italian Sailors-Italy Ministry

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: French Muslims Rise against Gay Marriage

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Southeast Asia

 

Non-Muslims can’t use ‘Allah’, says Sultan of Malaysia’s Selangor

Jan 09 2013

Kuala Lumpur: The Sultan of the Malaysian state of Selangor has barred non-Muslims in the state from using “Allah”, saying it is a sacred word exclusive to Muslims.

A statement from Selangor Islamic Affairs Council (Mais) secretary Mohd Misri Idris said Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had expressed shock and regret over a lawmaker, Lim Guan Eng''s recent statement urging the government to allow the word “Allah” to be used in the Malay version of the Bible.

Lim, who is the Penang Chief Minister, had stated this in his New Year message.

According to Mohd Misri the Sultan made a decision and decreed that the word Allah'' is a sacred word specific to Muslims, the Star reports.

The use of the word is prohibited to be used by any non-Muslim in Selangor, as stated in a fatwa and gazetted on Feb 18, 2010, Misri added.

According to the report, the ruler’s decree came ahead of a politician coalition Pakatan Rakyat meeting at which the word “Allah” had been allowed to be used by even non-Muslims.

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/1056845/

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Guide Dogs Allowed in Islam: Malaysia Mufti

 07 January 2013

CAIRO – Highlighting an Islamic duty to help the visually impaired, the Mufti of Malaysia’s northern state of Perlis said Islam does not prohibit the use of service dogs to guide the blind.

"Using the services of guide dogs which are well trained is allowed in the religion, including the Syafie Mazhab[Imam Al-Shafai school of Fiqh], which is subscribed to by Muslims in the country,” Perlis mufti Dr Juanda Jaya told New Straits Times on Monday, January 7.

"There is no issue on using service dogs for various purposes like hunting, guarding and as guiding dogs," he added.

Considered as one of the most sought after service dogs, guide dogs are trained from young to act as eyes and ears for the blind.

Guide dogs are also trained to improve the mobility of the blind and have been proven to help them lead independent lives.

Perak mufti Dr Harussani Zakaria agreed with Perlis mufti.

He confirmed that Muslims were allowed to keep dogs if they were trained to be guard dogs or to be guiding dogs.

"It is said in a Hadith that the angels do not like the barking of dogs and will not enter a house in which a dog is kept,” Zakaria said.

“But that does not mean that we cannot keep them for certain purposes.

"We are permitted to keep them, as long as they are not kept in the house, and we have to sertu [washing the skin with water six times and with a mixture of water and earth once] if we touch them when they are wet," he added.

Their opinion copes with a fatwa issued in 2008 by the United Kingdom's Muslim Law (Shariah) Council allowing blind persons to keep guide dogs.

"A blind person, in the light of Shariah law, will be allowed to keep a guide dog to help him and if required to take him to the mosque for his prayers," the 2008 fatwa stated.

Islam forbids Muslims to keep dogs as pets.

However it is permissible to have a dog for legitimate benefits such as hunting or guarding.

Confusion

Issuing the fatwa, Perlis Mufti said he wanted to remove confusion on the status of dogs in Islam.

"People need to learn to differentiate between religion and culture in order to make decisions in their lives and to not follow blindly what others say about rulings in Islam," Juanda said

Fatwa Council president Dr Abdul Shukor Husni said there was no specific fatwa issued for guide dogs for the blind as Muslims never ask about them.

"It is mainly because we didn't receive any enquiry or requests from the affected community to consider a fatwa on guide dogs,” said Shukor, while calling for Muslims who are concerned about the issue to come forward.

"If there is a request and we see a present need for the issuance of a fatwa on guide dogs, we will have a meeting to discuss this issue thoroughly."

Muslim Malays form about 60 percent of Malaysia's 26-million population, while Christians make up around 9.1 percent.

Buddhists constitute 19.2 percent, Hindu 6.3 while other traditional Chinese religions make up the rest of the population.

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/asia-pacific/460774-guide-dogs-allowed-in-islam-malaysia-mufti.html

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Indonesia Muslims Protect Churches on Xmas

08 January 2013

MADIUN, East Java – Providing a tolerant and peaceful atmosphere for Christians to celebrate their religious occasion, Muslim youth in the Indonesian city of Madiun have guarded churches during Christmas Mass.

“[It is] an example of tolerance in our region,” Dedi Subarno, a member of the Islamic Youth Movement (Gerakan Pemuda Islam), told Khabar Southeast Asia website on Tuesday, January 8.

Cooperating with other Muslim youth, Subarno surrounded churches and hotels in Madiun, East Java, during Christmas mass.

Christmas is the main festival on the Christian calendar. Its celebrations reach its peak at 12:00 PM on December 24 of every year.

Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7.

Serving as a member of the Indonesian National Armed Forces, Subarno opines that it is everyone’s responsibility to keep the community safe, especially for minorities.

“I have been active in these kinds of efforts for years,” Subarno told Khabar.

“My job and my commitment all are aimed at protecting the minority.”

Along with groups from the Islamic Youth Movement, police forces kept a vigilant eye on the security situation, deploying about 400 personnel to ward off any attacks by militants.

“We realized that many threats can happen during this religious holiday,” Police Commissioner Adjutant Baru Sutrisno said.

“Therefore, we responded with increased security.”

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim state with Muslims making up around 85 percent of its 237-million population.

Christians, both Protestants and Catholics, make up nearly 12 percent of the country’s population.

In the past years, Muslims have provided protection to churches during Christmas celebrations.

The move came after 19 people were killed and scores injured in a series of attacks on churches on Christmas Eve in 2000.

Grateful

Celebrating Christmas peacefully, Indonesian Christians expressed gratitude to Muslim youth for providing a tolerant and secure atmosphere.

“The security provided by the police and Islamic organizations made me feel safe and comfortable while worshiping,” said Veronica Kristiana, a 27-year-old local church member.

“I loved seeing all the people get together like this.

“Christmas brings a message of peace and brotherhood. Hopefully, harmony will continue to improve in our region,” she said.

The interfaith relations go both ways.

During Ramadan last year, Christian churches in Madiun held special programs, offering free food and medical service to the poor, in an effort to build bridges across religious lines.

Reiterating mutual cooperation between Indonesia Muslims and Christians, Ali Syukur Soleh, a member of the city's Religious Communication Forum said militants do not differentiate between Muslims and Christians in their attacks.

“There's no point in doing terror, either at Christmas or New Year's, now or at any other time,” Soleh said.

“Radicalism, whatever its form, including terrorism, will only damages the name of religion (referring to Islam).”

Edwin Suswanto, the Director of the Inter-Church Consultative Body in Madiun, called on Indonesians to make a real commitment to tolerance.

“Let's put behind what happened in the past when several terrorist suspects were arrested in Madiun,” Suswanto said.

“I hope the atmosphere in Madiun continues to improve; safe, peaceful, people united in harmony and prosperity.”

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/asia-pacific/460782-indonesia-muslim-youth-protect-churches.html

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Filipino praises Saudi justice system

 9 January 2013

A Filipino driver has praised the Saudi justice system for finally getting his abusive employer to give him a plane ticket to go home after a three-year legal battle.

The governor's office in Riyadh has ordered the Passport Office to clear Monico (not his real name).

He urged other Filipinos in his position to trust the Kingdom's judiciary.

“It pays to be patient,” he said. “They should not lose hope. They should be optimistic and pray for guidance and bear in mind that there's a justice system in the Kingdom.”

“At last I can go back to my family in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, after three long, long years.” Laguna province is located south of Manila.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/filipino-praises-saudi-justice-system

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Malaysian Police Raid Sect, Seize Weapons: Report

January 09, 2013

Kuala Lumpur. Police in Muslim-majority Malaysia have seized a huge cache of weapons at the home of a religious sect leader, said a report Wednesday that suggested the group was preparing for armed confrontation.

The Star said police in the southern state of Malacca on Saturday also arrested the “reclusive” 46-year-old spiritual leader of the sect, which claims on its blog that members are “warriors of righteousness and crusaders of truth”.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/malaysian-police-raid-sect-seize-weapons-report/565162

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North America

 

Inflammatory ads linking Islam to terrorism go up in New York subways

Jan 09 2013

New York : Hundreds of inflammatory advertisements linking Islam to terrorism have been posted in the New York subways, according to a report.

The ads depicted an image of the Twin Towers in flames with a quote, attributed to the Koran, “Soon shall we cast terror into the hearts of the unbelievers.”

According to the New York Daily, the pro-Israel American Freedom Defense Initiative paid 77,000 dollars for the message to be placed on 240 clocks throughout the subway system.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/1056828/

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Head of Mosque in Miami under trial for terrorism charges

 January 9, 2013

MIAMI: U.S. prosecutors are laying out their case in court against two South Florida imams accused of funneling more than $50,000 to support the Pakistani Taliban, playing wiretapped phone calls and showing bank records to bolster their accusations against the Pakistan-born men. 

Hafiz Khan, the head of one of Miami’s oldest mosques, and his son, Izhar Khan, were arrested in May 2011 on charges they conspired to provide money and support for the Pakistani Taliban, which the United States considers a terrorist organization.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/491473/head-of-mosque-in-miami-under-trial-for-terrorism-charges/

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Al Gore profits from the stealth jihad: Former V P makes common cause with U.S. enemies

January 7, 2013

Let’s call it Al Goreera. This seems a fitting title for the new network that former Vice President Al Gore is launching with the jihadists’ favourite television outlet: Al-Jazeera. The effect will be to create vast new opportunities for our enemies to propagandize the American people, a key ingredient of their “civilization jihad” against our country.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/7/al-gore-profits-from-the-stealth-jihad/#ixzz2HT81fjqU

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US Muslims Knock Doors of Political Life

07 January 2013

CAIRO – Reclaiming their political rights, an increasing number of American Muslims is running for local elections, creating a new generation of future leaders within the Chicago area Muslim community.

"I think (Muslims) are awakening because we made this our home, so we need to get involved," Nazneen Hashmi, who is running for one of three Hanover Township trustee seats, told the Daily Herald.

Full report at:

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/460773-us-muslims-knock-doors-of-political-life.html

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Muslim Clinic Treats Poor Americans

06 January 2013

CAIRO – Giving back to the community’s less fortunate, a group of Muslim American doctors have opened a clinic in New York to provide free medical services to poor Americans.

“We’re so fortunate because we have wonderful lives in the area, great jobs and we wanted to give back,” Dr. Mustafa Awayda, the clinic’s volunteer medical director who also works at the Syracuse VA Medical Center, told The Post-Standard.

Full report at:

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/460769-ny-muslim-doctors-treat-poor-americans.html

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Hillary Clinton to testify on Libya assault on January 22

Jan 9, 2013

WASHINGTON: The top Republican on the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee says secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton will testify this month on the deadly September 11 assault in Libya.

Clinton will testify on January 22, the day after President Barack Obama's inauguration and the first day the Senate returns to Washington after a two-week break. Sen. Bob Corker disclosed the date in an interview on MSNBC.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Hillary-Clinton-to-testify-on-Libya-assault-on-January-22/articleshow/17945805.cms

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New York man sentenced to jail for 15 years in plot to join a terrorist group

January 09, 2013

A New York City man has been sentenced to 15 years behind bars for trying to go to Pakistan to join a radical jihadist insurgent group. Agron Hasbajrami received the prison term on Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn. The 28-year-old Albania citizen and legal US

resident had pleaded guilty last year to providing material support to terrorists.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/NorthAmerica/New-York-man-sentenced-to--jail-for-15-years-in-plot-to-join-a-terrorist-group/Article1-986999.aspx

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Hunt for negotiated end to AfPak war

 January 08, 2013

US President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai will discuss matters of war, including future US troop levels and Afghanistan’s army, when they meet on Friday, but matters of peace may be the most delicate item on their agenda.

After nearly 10 months in limbo, tentative reconciliation efforts involving Taliban insurgents, the Karzai government and other major Afghan factions have shown new signs of life, resurrecting tantalising hopes for a negotiated end to decades of war.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/NorthAmerica/Hunt-for-negotiated-end-to-AfPak-war/Article1-986880.aspx

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Chicago police probe mystery death of Indian-origin lottery winner

Jan 09 2013

New York : Yoshita Singh

Police in Chicago are investigating the mysterious murder of an Indian-origin businessman a day after he collected a million dollar lottery prize last year. It is now suspected he died of poisoning by cyanide.

Urooj Khan, 46, owned a dry-cleaning business in Chicago and had won an Illinois Lottery scratch ticket in June last year. On July 20, 2012, a day after he received the cheque, Khan was found dead.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/chicago-police-probe-mystery-death-of-indianorigin-lottery-winner/1056658/

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White House would consider Afghanistan ‘zero’ option

January 9, 2013

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama would consider a plan for post-2014 Afghanistan that would leave no American troops in the country, a senior US official said, ahead of talks with President Hamid Karzai later this week.

Officials however stressed that Obama, mulling how quickly to draw down US soldiers from the country, would not be guided by specific future troop levels, but would decide the fate of the American presence based on strategic needs.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/491500/white-house-would-consider-afghanistan-zero-option/

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Muslim Sport Competition Coming to Toronto

 07 January 2013

TORONTO – Canada's largest city of Toronto will welcome the first-ever Muslim track and field competition this year.

"The competition will be open to youths, 10 to 20 years old, both boys and girls and will be at the Toronto Track and Field Center which is at York University," Riyad Khan, a founder of Leading Out Loud (LOL) Inc., which is organizing the event, told OnIslam.net.

"It will be a day filled with fun, sports and unity."

Set to open in May, the Muslim Track and Field Championships 2013 will include a variety of competitions, including running events, pit events, shot put and high jump.

Full report at:

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/americas/460772-muslim-sport-competition-coming-to-toronto.html

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India

 

Shia pressure group wants Jewish temple to be declared as Waqf

Jan 9, 2013

LUCKNOW: The Freemasonry Jewish temple in the city is in the news all over again as a Shia pressure group have said the temple as a Waqf (endowment) property. They have also demanded handing over the temple situated at Ram Tirath Marg in Hazratganj.

The group, Shia-e-Haider-e-Karrar has started a signature campaign and aims to get over two Lakh signatures in support of their campaign. "We will hand over the signatures and memorandum to the CM Akhilesh Yadav. Shia scholars have also extended their support to our movement," said Ehtisham Haider, an office bearer of the association.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/Shia-pressure-group-wants-Jewish-temple-to-be-declared-as-waqf/articleshow/17955833.cms

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Cyber police ask Youtube to block Owaisi's hate speech

January 09, 2013

The Mumbai police have asked popular website YouTube to block the video of Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi making his controversial speech.

Following his much-derided words, Owaisi was arrested by the Andhra Pradesh police on Tuesday and faces a host of charges including waging war against the country.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Mumbai/Cyber-police-ask-Youtube-to-block-Owaisi-s-hate-speech/Article1-986974.aspx

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India to respond to 'ghastly' attack on troops: Salman Khurshid

Jan 8, 2013

NEW DELHI: Foreign minister Salman Khurshid said on Tuesday that New Delhi would give a "proportionate" response to the "ghastly" death of two soldiers at the hands of Pakistani troops along the Line of Control.

"We need to do something about this and we will, but it has to be done after careful consideration of all the details in consultation with the defence ministry," Salman Khurshid said in an interview to a news channel.

"It is absolutely unacceptable, ghastly, and really, really terrible and extremely short-sighted by their part," he added, saying any response would be "proportionate".

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-to-respond-to-ghastly-attack-on-troops-Salman-Khurshid/articleshow/17945055.cms

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MIM's Akbaruddin Owaisi faces charges of sedition, waging war

IJanuary 09, 2013

Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, sent to jail Wednesday for a hate speech, is facing serious charges ranging from sedition to waging war against the state.

Police in Nirmal town, which booked the legislator on January 3 under two sections of the Indian

Penal Code (IPC), added five more charges before producing him at a magistrate's house early on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Hyderabad/MIM-s-Akbaruddin-Owaisi-faces-charges-of-sedition-waging-war/Article1-987014.aspx

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LoC killings: Congress doubts Pakistan's intention

 January 09, 2013

The Congress on Wednesday raised doubts over Pakistan's stated intention to have good relations with India following the brutal killing of two Indian soldier by Pakistani troops. Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said: "The way they have beheaded our soldiers is brutal and barbaric.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/LoC-killings-Congress-doubts-Pakistan-s-intention/Article1-987100.aspx

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If Pak beheaded 2 of our soldiers, India should decapitate 40 in retaliation, says Shiv Sena

Jan 09 2013

Mumbai: Outraged at the brutal killing of two soldiers by the Pakistan Army, Shiv Sena on Wednesday demanded resignation of Defence Minister A K Antony and said India should give a “befitting” reply.

“Not only Shiv Sena, but the entire country is demanding Antony's resignation. He should quit from the post. What is the need for such a Defence Minister (when such incidents happen?” Sena MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/if-pak-beheaded-2-of-our-soldiers-india-should-de.../1056876/

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Name and shame Pakistan before the world, says BJP

 Jan 09 2013

New Delhi : Condemning the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers by the Pakistan Army, the BJP today said it was a "warning" to India and asked the government to place all facts before the international community so that Islamabad can be "named and shamed" before the world at large.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/1056818/

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Pak crosses LoC, beheads one jawan, slits another’s throat

 January 08, 2013

Pakistani troops crossed the Line of Control (LoC) on Tuesday to murder two Indian soldiers, cutting off the head of one and slitting the throat of the other in an incident condemned as a “grave provocation” by India.

The brutal attack threatened to set back the peace process between the nuclear-armed neighbours and ratcheted up tensions along the 700 km LoC two days after the countries played a cricket match in Delhi.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/JammuSec/Pak-crosses-LoC-beheads-one-jawan-slits-another-s-throat/Article1-986762.aspx

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Pak's action highly objectionable: Defence minister

By Rajat Pandit

Jan 9, 2013

NEW DELHI: Defence minister A K Antony on Wednesday blasted Pakistan for the gruesome way in which an Indian soldier was beheaded by its troops who intruded into Indian territory in the Mendhar sector of J&K on Tuesday.

"The Pakistan Army's action is highly objectionable and also the way they treated the body of the Indian soldier is inhuman," said Antony.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Paks-action-highly-objectionable-Defence-minister/articleshow/17951474.cms

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5 officers held guilty in J&K clash with jawans

Jan 9, 2013

NEW DELHI: As many as 56 soldiers, including at least five officers, have been indicted by the Army court of inquiry (CoI) which probed the violent clash between officers and jawans of an artillery regiment in Nyoma sector of eastern Ladakh last May.

The CoI, chaired by the deputy chief of the 3 Infantry Division Brigadier Ajay Talwar, has recommended disciplinary action or court martial against 16 personnel, including the unit commanding officer, second-in-command and three other officers for abject failure of command and control, violence and other lapses.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/5-officers-held-guilty-in-JK-clash-with-jawans/articleshow/17946927.cms

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Prime accused in Kokrajhar ethnic clashes held

January 9, 2013

KOKRAJHAR: The CBI on Tuesday arrested the prime accused in the ethnic clashes between Bodos and Bengali speaking Muslims in lower Assam districts last July.

Sources said CBI sleuths arrested Moin ul Hoque, the accused, from Joypur in Assam's Kokrajhar district where he had taken shelter. "He was wanted in many cases which includes sexual harassment of local women from his own community. The other two accused — Jahanuddin Sheik and Jakir Ali — have also been nabbed along with Moinul," the source said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Prime-accused-in-Kokrajhar-riots-held/articleshow/17948377.cms

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J&K likely to have fifth Kashmiri CS

By M Saleem Pandit

Jan 9, 2013

SRINAGAR: Chief minister Omar Abdullah is learnt to have given his nod to senior-most Kashmiri IAS officer Iqubal Khanday taking over as the new chief secretary of Jammu & Kashmir following the posting of Madhav Lal as secretary, Union government. If appointed, Khanday, a 1978 batch IAS officer, would become fifth Kashmiri chief secretary of the state.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/JK-likely-to-have-fifth-Kashmiri-CS/articleshow/17948151.cms

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India asks Pak to uphold sanctity of LoC

Jan 9, 2013

NEW DELHI: A day after Pakistan handed over a protest note to Indian authorities for the cross-border firing, India called upon Pakistan to respect the sanctity of the LoC. Denying that the Indian side had fired first, the foreign ministry said there only had been "controlled retaliation" by the Indian Army after Pakistani troops initiated the firing.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-asks-Pak-to-uphold-sanctity-of-LoC/articleshow/17947307.cms

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Multi Agency Centre had alerted of a terrorist raid in LoC

Jan 9, 2013,

NEW DELHI: The Multi Agency Centre (MAC) had issued warnings in Jammu on Sunday and here on Monday to the Army about a possible terrorist raid on one of the military posts in Mendhar, raising questions if the raid was a joint operation of the Pakistani Army and terrorists.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Multi-Agency-Centre-had-alerted-of-a-terrorist-raid-in-LoC/articleshow/17946022.cms

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Farooq Abdullah to take part in World Future Energy Summit

January 9, 2013

Union New and Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah is among the leaders and government officials from key renewable energy markets scheduled to attend the sixth World Future Energy Summit (WFES), to be held in Abu Dhabi from January 15-17.

WFES is a leading platform for renewable energy innovation and investment and is part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/farooq-abdullah-to-take-part-in-world-future-energy-summit/article4289870.ece

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In 2008, ‘Malegaon bombers’ had Godhra in crosshairs, did a recce

Jan 09 2013

Mumbai: In September 2008, days before the coordinated terrorist attacks in Malegaon in Maharashtra and Modasa in Gujarat, two men on a Hero Honda motorcycle rode west out of Indore, Madhya Pradesh, on a very specific mission. A third man, their associate in the same mission, took a bus.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/in-2008--malegaon-bombers--had-godhra-in-crosshairs-did-a-recce/1056652/

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Europe

 

German church, researchers fall out over sexual abuse by clergy

 Jan 09 2013

Berlin: Germany's Roman Catholic Church has fallen out with a prominent outside expert who was tasked with researching sexual abuse by clergy dating back decades.

The church in 2011 tasked Prof. Christian Pfeiffer's Lower Saxony Criminological Research Institute with analyzing data on abuse from German dioceses as far back as 1945. It was part of efforts to address the scandal triggered by revelations in 2010 of abuse in Germany, Pope Benedict XVI's homeland, and elsewhere.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/german-church-researchers-fall-out-over-sexual-abuse-by-clergy/1056889/

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French Muslims Rise Against Gay Marriage

 08 January 2013

PARIS – Widening the public opposition to same-sex marriage, Muslim intellectuals and scholars in France have called on the sizable minority to join major protests against a government bill legalizing the relationship.

"We will protest on January 13 by joining a pluralist campaign to preserve the traditional framework of marriage," the Muslim activists wrote in the letter cited by Reuters.

"We invite all French Muslims to turn out in large numbers."

The letter, issued on Monday, January 7, accused the government of President Francois Hollande of using the marriage issue "to mask its ineffectiveness in the fight against unemployment".

Full report at:

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/europe/460779-french-muslims-stand-up-to-gay-marriage.html

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Use of child soldiers in Central Africa on increase, says UNICEF

January 9, 2013

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today that it had received credible reports that rebel groups and pro-government militias are increasingly recruiting and involving children in armed conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR).

UNICEF calls for the immediate cessation of child recruitment by all armed groups in the CAR and urges all parties to protect children against the harmful impact of, and their involvement in, armed conflict in the country.

Full report at:

http://womennewsnetwork.net/2013/01/07/child-soldiers-central-africa/

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Germany from Xenophobia to Islamophobia

 08 January 2013

CAIRO – Giving a freaking image of anti-Islam sentiments in Germany, a new study has revealed that Islamophobia has become culturally acceptable in the country and that the society is shifting its attention from xenophobia to religious bias against Muslims, The Local newspaper reported.

“It's no longer 'the Turks' but 'the Muslims',” Wilhelm Heitmeyer, head of the institute for research of interdisciplinary conflict and violence at Bielefeld University, told the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung, The Local reported.

Full report at:

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/europe/460778-germany-from-xenophobia-to-islamophobia.html

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UN wants to use surveillance drones in Congo

January 9, 2013

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations wants to use surveillance drones in Congo for the first time but is running into opposition from neighboring Rwanda which is believed to be backing rebels who recently took control of many towns in the conflict-wracked east.   

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/09/un-wants-to-use-surveillance-drones-in-congo/

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France jails man for funding al Qaeda-linked group

January 9, 2013

PARIS: A French court has hand an eight-year jail term on Tuesday to a Turkish-Dutch man for masterminding a group that had funded the al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU).

The Paris court also permanently banned Irfan Demirtas, 53, from France, where he had been held since shortly after his 2008 Dutch arrest on charges of financing terrorism.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/491354/france-jails-man-for-funding-qaeda-linked-group/

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Russia, U.S. to Meet Syria Envoy Brahimi on Friday: Interfax

January 9, 2013

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian and U.S. diplomats plan to hold a meeting with the international mediator for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi, on Friday in Geneva, Interfax news agency cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov as saying on Wednesday.

Russian and U.S. diplomats held two trilateral meetings last month with Brahimi who is trying to end the nearly 22-month-old conflict between Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government and its opponents. (Writing by Steve Gutterman; editing by Gabriela Baczynska)

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/01/09/world/europe/09reuters-syria-crisis-

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South Asia

 

Maldivian Government submits sexual harassment bill to Majlis

By Mariyath Mohamed | January 7th, 2013

Dhivehi Rayyithunge Party (DRP) MP Rozaina Adam has submitted a bill to parliament on behalf of the government of President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik aiming to define and outlaw sexual harassment across Maldivian society.

The decision forms part of a wider government strategy to submit twelve separate bills to the Majlis after an amendment to parliament regulations was approved in October.  The amendment to the People’s Majlis’ Rules of Procedure enabled the current government to submit bills to the legislature despite President Waheed’s Gaumee Ittihad Party (GIP) having no elected representatives in parliament.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/government-submits-sexual-harassment-bill-to-majlis-50671

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In Old Taliban Strongholds, Qualms on What Lies Ahead

By ALISSA J. RUBIN

January 9, 2013

LOY BAGH, Afghanistan — The battle against the Taliban in Helmand Province was so fierce two years ago that farmers here say there were some fields where virtually every ear of corn had a bullet in it.

Now it is peaceful enough that safety concerns were an afterthought during this year’s harvest. In districts of Helmand like Marja and Nad Ali that used to be Taliban strongholds, life has been transformed by the American troop surge that brought in tens of thousands of Marines three years ago. Over several recent days, a reporter was able to drive securely to places that in the past had been perilous without a military escort, and many of the roads were better paved, too.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/world/asia/in-old-taliban-strongholds-qualms-on-what-lies-ahead.html?hp&gwh=BDC942D04CBFF9934AC76091AB45B48E

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Maldivian Juvenile Court denies fornication charges filed against 15 year-old girl

By Neil Merrett | January 7th, 2013

Judicial authorities have denied that a 15 year-old child abuse victim is facing charges of fornication at the Juvenile Court, despite media reports to the contrary.

Local newspaper Haveeru reported yesterday (January 6) that the Prosecutor General’s (PG’s) Office pressed charges of fornication against a female minor from Shaviyani Atoll Feydhoo at the Juvenile Court following the conclusion of a police investigation.

 Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/society/juvenile-court-denies-fornication-charges-filed-against-15-year-old-girl-50627

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Killing of 11 Bangladeshis was pre-planned

Rohingya 'robber' discloses to police

January 09, 2013

Ukhia police yesterday handed over Rohingya 'robber' Hamidul Haque, allegedly involved in killing of 11 Bangladeshi fishermen, to Detective Branch (DB) of police for further interrogation.

Gleaning details from Hamidul Haque, police said they were now trying to arrest four other Rohingya criminals involved in the killing.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=264421

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Pakistan

 

Special Assistant to Sindh C M for removal of encroachments around shrines

09 January 2013

KARACHI: Special Assistant to Chief Minister Sindh on Media and Auqaf Sharmila Faruqui has said that all kinds of encroachments around the shrines, especially Abdullah Shah Ghazi Shrine, should be removed immediately and all ongoing illegal and immoral activities must be banned there. This she said while talking to Administrative Committee of Abdullah Shah Ghazi Shrine, Alam Shah Bukhari Shrine and other shrines here at her office on Tuesday. The delegation was led by Vice Chairman of the Committee Sabir Dawood. She directed Secretary Auqaf to make strict security measures around the shrines, and the occupied land by the land mafia should be vacated at once. Faruqui said that transparency would be maintained in all tenders and the other stake holders of the society should be taken on board in this regard. She also directed officers concerned to provide all kinds of facilities to the visitors and devotees.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\01\09\story_9-1-2013_pg12_7

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A senior al-Qaeda operative among 12 killed in Pak drone strike

January 9, 2013

A senior al-Qaeda operative is believed to be among 12 people killed in two US drone strikes in Pakistan’s lawless North Waziristan tribal region.

Al-Qaeda operative Sheikh Yasin Al-Kuwaiti, his wife and daughter were among eight persons killed when drones fired eight missiles at a house in Haiderkhel village in North Waziristan tribal agency on Tuesday, an unnamed senior security official was quoted as saying by Dawn newspaper on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/12-killed-in-pak-drone-strike/article4290184.ece

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Tahirul Qadri episode nothing but storm in a teacup: Nawaz Sharif

 January 09, 2013 

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-N Chief Nawaz Sharif has said Dr Tahirul Qadri episode is nothing but a storm in a teacup. Talking to reporters at the South Asian Free Media Association Conference 2013, he said Dr Qadri is nothing substantial, logical or plausible in his claims or demands and thus lacks gravity.

 Full report at:

http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-13-20120-Tahirul-Qadri-episode-nothing-but-storm-in-a-teacup-Nawaz-Sharif

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India and Pakistan must look at things through ‘a new lens’: Hina Rabbani Khar

 9 January 2013

RIYADH: Pakistan feels that the people of Jammu & Kashmir should be included in the dialogue process between India and Pakistan, said Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in a candid interview with Arab News.

“I think we have to get out of preconceived notions of stated positions … that hold each other in doubts. We should start looking at things through a new lens. And that lens must be problem-solving rather than repeating the stated positions time and again,” she said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/india-and-pakistan-must-look-things-through-%E2%80%98-new-lens%E2%80%99

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Nawaz Sharif bats for peace, economic integration with India

Jan 09 2013

Lahore: Advocating peace and economic integration with India, former Pakistan premier Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said the bilateral peace process required strong political will, which his PML-N party was determined to provide if voted to power.

Sharif said if the PML-N is voted to power, he would push forward the peace process with India from where it was left during his last term as premier in 1999.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/nawaz-sharif-bats-for-peace-economic-integration-with-india/1056418/

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Kidnapped Sikh man beheaded in Pakistan's tribal belt

Jan 9, 2013

ISLAMABAD: A militant group in Pakistan's lawless tribal belt beheaded a Sikh man kidnapped over a month ago after accusing him of acting as a "spy" for a rival outfit, media reports said today.

Mohinder Singh, 40, was kidnapped from his shop in Tabbai village of Khyber Agency by unidentified armed men on November 20. Singh was a seller of herbal medicines, a trade that is common among Sikhs in northwest Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Kidnapped-Sikh-man-beheaded-in-Pakistans-tribal-belt/articleshow/17951666.cms

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Pak activist Jahangir suggests castration for Delhi rapists

 Jan 09 2013

Lahore: Leading Pakistani rights activist Asma Jahangir on Tuesday suggested that the men involved in the gang rape of a young woman in the Indian capital should be punished with castration.

Jahangir comments while speaking at a conference organised here by the South Asian Free Media Association, caused a flutter in the gathering.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/1056434/

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Pak denies cross-LoC attack; claims 'ground verification' done

 Jan 9, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani military today rejected India's contention that its troops had attacked an Indian patrol and killed two soldiers, claiming that it had carried out ground verification and "found nothing of this sort happened."

The Pakistani side conveyed this during a phone conversation between the Directors General of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two sides.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-denies-cross-LoC-attack-claims-ground-verification-done/articleshow/17953112.cms

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Pakistan to reopen YouTube after filtration

January 9, 2013

Pakistan will reopen popular video-sharing website YouTube only after completing work on a filtration mechanism, Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said.

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had told internet service providers to unblock YouTube from December 29, 2012. But within an hour of its opening, the prime minister re-imposed the ban because an anti-Islam film had not been removed, the Dawn reported Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/pakistan-to-reopen-youtube-after-filtration/article4290034.ece

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No headway: Legislation to abolish death penalty unlikely

 January 9, 2013

ISLAMABAD: It appears that the government has dropped plans of introducing new legislation which effectively converts the death penalty into life imprisonment.

Earlier there were indications that the government will table a bill in Parliament seeking to ban the death penalty altogether but after failing to forge consensus over the issue, it backtracked finding the matter “sensitive”.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/491379/no-headway-legislation-to-abolish-death-penalty-unlikely/

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Arab World

 

Saudi beheads Sri Lankan maid for murdering baby

January 09, 2013

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia beheaded a Sri Lankan maid on Wednesday after she was convicted of murdering her employer's baby, the interior ministry announced, despite calls for a stay of execution.

Rizana Nafeek smothered the infant to death after an argument with the child's mother, her employer, the ministry statement carried by the official SPA news agency said.

She was beheaded in the Dawadmi province near the capital Riyadh.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Jan-09/201507-saudi-beheads-sri-lankan-maid-for-murdering-baby.ashx#ixzz2HTrSs6HR

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Saudi Arabian authorities behead Syrian citizen for drug trafficking

Jan 8, 2013

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian authorities on Tuesday beheaded a Syrian citizen convicted of trafficking a large amount of narcotic pills, the interior ministry said, in the first execution in the kingdom this year.

Mohammed Darwish was arrested "as he was trafficking a large amount of narcotic pills into the kingdom," the ministry said in a statement carried by official news agency SPA.

He was beheaded in Al-Jawf province, in the kingdom's north.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Saudi-Arabian-authorities-behead-Syrian-citizen-for-drug-trafficking/articleshow/17941412.cms

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UAE quizzing women linked to detained Islamists: report

January 09, 2013

ABU DHABI: Prosecutors in the United Arab Emirates have begun interrogating women linked to a group of Islamists held for allegedly plotting to seize power in the Gulf state, news agency WAM said on Wednesday.

The UAE announced in July it had dismantled a group it said was plotting against state security and challenging the constitution.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Jan-09/201510-uae-quizzing-women-linked-to-detained-islamists-report.ashx#ixzz2HTrPwDew

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Program launched to educate students about the values of the Prophet (pbuh)

Prophet’s Values for Saudi Students

 08 January 2013

CAIRO – Seeking to guide young Saudis to follow the footstep of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him), a new program has been launched to educate students about the values of the prophet.

“Students will benefit from this program and they will apply what they learned both inside and beyond the school walls,” Ibrahim Al-Khanjy, psychologist, counsellor, and personal skills development trainer, told Saudi Gazette on Tuesday, January 8.

Full report at:

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/middle-east/460783-prophets-values-for-saudi-students.html

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UAE Militant Cell Linked to Yemen's Al Qaeda: Dubai Police Chief

January 9, 2013

DUBAI (Reuters) - A suspected militant cell detained in the United Arab Emirates had links to al Qaeda, Dubai's police chief has said, including the Yemen-based wing that is widely regarded as one of the its most effective affiliates.

Dahi Khalfan also said the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood and Shi'ite Iran were among the main security threats to Gulf Arab states because they wanted to export revolution to the region.

The United Arab Emirates, a major oil producer that has supported Western counter-terrorism efforts in the region, announced the arrest of the UAE cell on December 26 in a joint operation with Saudi Arabia.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/01/09/world/middleeast/09reuters-emirates-

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Syria air strike kills four young siblings: activists

January 09, 2013

BEIRUT: Four children from the same family were among as many as 10 civilians killed in a pre-dawn air strike near the central Syrian city of Homs on Wednesday, activists say.

The raid hit the village of Jabab Hamad, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said, adding that the siblings were aged seven months, 12, 14 and 16.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2013/Jan-09/201469-syria-air-strike-kills-four-young-siblings-activists.ashx#ixzz2HTs10cNJ

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Iraq shuts Jordan border crossing over Sunni protests

9 January 2013

BAGHDAD: Iraq closed a border crossing with Jordan on Wednesday after demonstrators blocked a highway to Syria and Jordan as part of mass protests challenging Prime Minister Nuri Al-Maliki’s delicate power-sharing government.

Baghdad ordered troops to shut the Traibil border post in the Sunni heartland province of Anbar, where protests erupted in late December after authorities arrested the bodyguards of a Sunni finance minister, local officials said.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/iraq-shuts-jordan-border-crossing-over-protests

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The rapid encroachment of an Islamic state in Egypt

2013/01/07

Nezar AlSayyad, Professor of Urban History and Planning & Chair, Center for Middle Eastern Studies | 1/7/13 | One comment | Leave a comment

The election of Mohammed Morsi as Egypt’s first Islamist president, on June 24th, 2012, marked an important moment in the history of the country and promised to bring major change. In the past few months, as a popular uprising broke out against Morsi and his Islamization project, Egypt has inched closer to his vision.  When Morsi issued a decree granting himself unlimited emergency powers, allowing him to hold executive and legislative authority, while shielding himself from any possible judicial challenges, the opposition rightfully compared him to Mubarak and started to call him a dictator and a Pharaoh.

Full report at:

http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2013/01/07/the-rapid-encroachment-of-an-islamic-state-in-egypt-a-timeline/

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Syria rebels free 48 Iranians in prisoner swap

January 9, 2013

BEIRUT: Syrian rebels on Wednesday freed 48 Iranians they had been holding for months in a swap for 2,130 prisoners detained by the Syrian regime, according to a Turkish charity, a rebel spokesman and Iranian state television.

“This is the result of months of civil diplomacy carried out by our organisation,” a spokesman for the Turkish charity the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), Serkan Nergis, told AFP in Turkey.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/01/09/syria-rebels-free-48-iranians-in-prisoner-swap/

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Syria to Swap Prisoners for Iranians Held by Rebels, Turkish Group Says

January 9, 2013

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - The Syrian government will free 2,130 civilian prisoners on Wednesday in exchange for the release of 48 Iranians held by Syrian rebels, a board member of the Turkish humanitarian aid agency IHH said.

The Syrian rebel al-Baraa brigade seized the Iranians in early August and initially threatened to kill them.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/01/09/world/middleeast/09reuters-syria-crisis-prisoners.html?hp&gwh=638BB36AA1FF0E71F8DAB3D0EFEBF4EF

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Aid Groups for Syrians See Needs Growing More Dire

By RICK GLADSTONE and NICK CUMMING-BRUCE

January 9, 2013

New signs of deprivation plaguing Syria’s war-ravaged civilians emerged on Tuesday, with the United Nations saying it is unable to feed a million hungry residents in combat zones and aid agencies reporting an outbreak of violence in a large refugee camp in Jordan, where a winter storm felled tents and left many frustrated inhabitants shivering in a cold rain.

Weather forecasters said another storm was threatening Syria and its neighbors with snow on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/world/middleeast/Hunger-and-Violence-in-

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Contractor Settles Case in Iraq Prison Abuse

By JOHN H. CUSHMAN Jr

January 9, 2013

WASHINGTON — An American contractor hired by the military to provide translation services for interrogators at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq has reached a $5 million settlement with scores of detainees who accused its employees of complicity in abusing them, according to financial disclosure documents.

The widespread abuse of prisoners held at Abu Ghraib by the United States military early in the Iraq war came to light in 2004, and was one of the key events that inflamed Iraqi public opinion against the American occupation.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/world/middleeast/contractor-settles-case-in-iraq-

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Saudi Ph.D. student wins award at Rome scientific conference

 9 January 2013

TABUK: A Saudi Ph.D. student researcher on scholarship from the University of Tabuk has won an award at a scientific conference in Rome, SPA reported today, quoting an official of the university.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-phd-student-wins-award-rome-scientific-conference

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Mideast Asia

 

Hagel to rein in Israel on Iran strike: Commentators

 January 9, 2013

JERUSALEM: Chuck Hagel, the nominee for the next US defence secretary, will seek to rein in Israel over any attempt to carry out a unilateral strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities, Israeli observers believe.

Hagel’s nomination by US President Barack Obama must still be confirmed by the US Senate, but the prospect of the former senator assuming the top Pentagon post has already stirred concern in Israel.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/491555/hagel-to-rein-in-israel-on-iran-strike-commentators/

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Iran: Foreign Ministry Voices Optimism in Hagel Nomination in U.S.

January 9, 2013

The Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that it hoped the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be the United States defense secretary would lead to ”practical changes” in Washington’s foreign policy. “We hope there will be practical changes in American foreign policy and that Washington becomes respectful of the rights of nations,” a ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, said at his weekly news conference, Iran’s IRIB news site reported. He was answering a question about Mr. Hagel’s views on Israel and American sanctions on Iran.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/world/middleeast/iran-foreign-ministry-voices-

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Iran: Ayatollah Discourages Talk of Vote’s Fairness

By RICK GLADSTONE

January 9, 2013

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, said its enemies would most likely try to sabotage the presidential election scheduled for June. He warned citizens and prospective candidates to avoid discussion about the fairness of the vote, suggesting that such talk was subversive and would discourage turnout. “Where on earth have elections been so free as in Iran?” he said in a speech in the holy city of Qom, reported by the state-run press.

 Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/09/world/middleeast/iran-ayatollah-discourages-talk-of-

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Africa

 

Nigeria Moves Russian Arms Smuggling Suspects to Police Cells

January 9, 2013

ABUJA (Reuters) - Fifteen Russian sailors detained by Nigeria's navy in October on suspicion of arms smuggling have been transferred to police cells for prosecution, a naval spokesman said on Wednesday.

Nigerian authorities intercepted a ship and arrested its all-Russian crew on October 23 after they found several guns and about 8,500 rounds of ammunition aboard.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/01/09/world/europe/09reuters-nigeria-

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Nigerian Pirates Free Kidnapped Italian Sailors-Italy Ministry

January 9, 2013

MILAN (Reuters) - Three Italian sailors abducted in Nigerian waters before Christmas have been released and will return home soon, Italy's Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

They were kidnapped by pirates who boarded their tugboat off the coast of the West African country on December 23.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2013/01/09/world/africa/09reuters-nigeria-

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