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Norwegian Mass Killer's Speech to Hit German Theatres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

Norwegian Mass Killer's Speech to Hit German Theatres

British Universities Receive Saudi Funds for the Study of Islam

OIC adopts joint communiqué to safeguard Muslim interests

At U.N., Islamic world questions West on free speech

Russia helps U.S., Syria establish contact, Turkey in shock

 

South Asia

Rioters Torch Buddhist Temples, Homes In Bangladesh over Desecrating Quran

5 Dead After Suspected Insider Attack in Afghanistan

Protesting students block parliament’s entrance

Afghan inside attack puts US troop deaths at 2,000

 

Africa

Extremists Destroy another Sufi Shrine in North Mali

Explosion, gunfire around Islamic school in Nigeria

Two more Somali journalists murdered; one is beheaded

Child killed in Kenya church grenade attack

Libya launches weapons collection drive

Tunisia plans to issue Islamic bonds early 2013: Central bank

Somali piracy heyday seems over as militaries defend against pirate

Shebab Islamists abandon last stronghold in Somalia

Nigerian security officers arrested for Boko Haram links

Hundreds of Libyans handover their weapons

Kenya Navy Shells Somali Town after Rebels Announce Retreat

 

India

Indian Doctor to Set up First Substitution Therapy Centre in Pakistan

Indian social worker stabbed by youngsters in Riyadh

India engages with stakeholders on Afghanistan’s future

Gulzar to get Indira Gandhi award for national integration

Delhi, Dhaka agree to step up border fencing

Jamia launches credit transfer system for PG students

Ishrat case accused cop quizzed by CBI

Eminent citizens express concern at arrest of innocents on terror charges

 

Pakistan

After much wait, Chowk named after Bhagat Singh in Pakistan

14 terrorists killed in Orakzai operation

Five tell Pak court about Mumbai attack training

Apology won’t solve Balochistan issue: Former CM

Pakistan calls for stepped-up efforts to promote interfaith harmony

Pakistan TV reporter shot dead in Balochistan

Pakistan wants lasting solution to Kashmir issue: Asif Ali Zardari

Which Pak story we must tell: Good, bad or steamy?

Pak army denies role in Khar-Bilawal issue

‘Change in thinking must to bring change in region’: Lahore HC

Imran Khan-led party goes down in popularity: Survey

High court asks Centre to get Pakistan court documents on 'freedom fighter' claim

Dual nationality case: Rehman Malik asked to appear before court

Pak military denies involvement of ISI, MI in ‘enforced disappearances’ in Balochistan

Anti-Hindu attack prompt blasphemy case in Pak

NLD to improve electoral participation of non-Muslims

Two top police officials gunned down

Nine babies die at Larkana hospital

OIC hails Pakistan’s talks with India

 

North America

Youngest prisoner leaves Guantanamo, returns to Canada

US warns of terror threat to missionaries

US Intel group finds Qaida link in envoy killing

Ottawa Muslim leader condemns violence over anti-Islamic film

 

Arab World

"We are no less than Jews who defend their religion," Egypt minister

Banks Seizing Dormant Accounts against Shariah: Experts

23 killed in blasts across Iraq

Away From Cities, a Life Laced With Violence for Syrians

Shia boy dies of wounds after Saudi police raid: Family

At UN, Saudi Arabia calls for dialogue among religions to prevent conflicts

UN, partners gave $487.9m for Syrian refugees

Crown Prince: Moderation not just a slogan but a comprehensive path

In Syria’s Largest City, Fire Ravages Ancient Market

Bahrain Faces Riots After Boy Dies in Protest

Syrian activists say fighting in Aleppo kills 5

Egypt defence minister reduces sentence against anti-SCAF military officers

Iraq to stop Iran flights over suspicions of Syria arms

 

Mideast Asia

Limit free speech and protect Islam, Algeria tells world leaders at UN

Israel already passed own nuclear red line: Iran

Israel to take military action against Iran

Iran sanctions could spark domestic uprising: Israel finance minister

Israelis kill Palestinian fisherman in Gaza, medical officials say

Israeli PM tells coalition partners to back budget or face poll

Iran seeks alternatives to Google, Gmail: report

Turkish PM Touts Ruling Party Success

 

Southeast Asia

PKS stages rally against anti-Islam movie

Reversing the Ravages of Child Malnutrition in Indonesia

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Europe

 

Norwegian Mass Killer's Speech to Hit German Theatres

September 29, 2012

Berlin: A Turkish-German actress will read out Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik's bizarre courtroom speech in German theatres next month in an effort to highlight the widespread prevalence of far-right ideology in Europe.

Swiss director Milo Rau adapted the script of "Breivik's Explanation" for the German stage from an audio recording of the hour-long speech the far-right nationalist gave in April before being sentenced by an Oslo court to 21 years in prison for killing 77 people last year.

Though Mr Breivik's talk of an international underground of killers - latter-day Crusaders he called the Knights Templar - seemed to be mere fantasy, many of his beliefs are to be found within the fold of anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant populists.

"His ideological 'manifesto' is a distilled representation of a cultural crisis that pervades the European continent and finds expression in an increasingly xenophobic populism," Kirsten Simonsen, a professor at Denmark's Roskilde University, wrote in "Bloodlands", a 2012 series of essays about Mr Breivik.

Some notions touched on by Mr Breivik in his justification for setting off a bomb in Oslo and shooting dozens of teenagers dead on an island retreat - that Europe and its indigenous cultures are being weakened by immigration and multiculturalism - have been helping reshape right-wing continental politics for years.

The theatre performances in Weimar and Berlin are intended to promote the view that while Mr Breivik's actions were those of a madman, the ideology that drove him is shockingly widespread in democratic societies like Switzerland and Germany, the 35-year-old director told Reuters.

"It's merely a coincidence that Breivik was the one saying it," Mr Rau said. "His words could just as well have come from 60 percent of the Swiss population."

Citing the language of far-right Swiss nationalists who enjoy wide support in his country, Mr Rau added that issues such as a referendum banning the construction of minarets in Switzerland exposed the parallels between Mr Breivik's hate speech and the xenophobia in European society.

Mr Breivik's words will merely be read rather than dramatised and there will be no courtroom scene, Mr Rau said. Turkish-German actress Sascha Soydan was chosen to distance the Mr Breivik "character" and his actions from the ideology that drove him.

"It's not a good speech and it doesn't make for good theatre either," Mr Rau said. "I want to show a text and an ideology, I don't want to depict the person behind them - that's why I opted for this extremely unauthentic portrayal and very dry way of doing it."

Only snippets of Mr Breivik's speech were ever made public during the proceedings in April because judges thought publishing it in its entirety would only provide Mr Breivik with a platform for his xenophobic views.

"There's a reason the speech wasn't allowed to leave the courtroom - so that no one tinkers around with it and makes it seem better than it was," Mr Rau said.

Performances are scheduled to take place in Weimar on October 19 and in Berlin on October 27. A panel discussion will follow both performances.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/norwegian-mass-killer-s-speech-to-hit-german-theatres-273518

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British Universities Receive Saudi Funds for the Study of Islam

30 September 2012

JEDDAH: Over the past decade, Saudi Arabia has been the largest source of donations from Islamic states and royal families to British universities, much of which is devoted to the study of Islam, the Middle East and Arabic literature.

A large share of this money went toward establishing Islamic study centers. In 2008, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal donated £8 million (SR 48.5 million) each to Cambridge and Edinburgh for this purpose, Al-Eqtisadiah business daily reported yesterday.

Oxford has been the largest British beneficiary of Saudi support. In 2005, Prince Sultan, the late crown prince, gave £2 million (SR 12 million) to the Ashmolean Museum. In 2001, the King Abdul Aziz Foundation gave £1 million (SR 6.1 million) to the Middle East Center.

There are many other donors. Oxford’s £75 million (SR 454.6 million) Islamic Studies Center was supported by 12 Muslim countries. Ruler of Oman, Sultan Qaboos bin Said, gave £3.1 million (SR 18.8 million) to Cambridge to fund two posts, including a chair of Arabic.

Ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Qassimi, has supported Exeter’s Islamic studies centre with more than £5 million (SR 30 million) since 2001. Trinity Saint David, part of the University of Wales, has received donations from the ruler of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan.

While Islamic studies are the most popular target for donors, support is certainly not restricted to the subject. The Saïd Business School at Oxford University was set up by Wafic Said, a Syrian-Saudi businessman, with a £23 million (SR 139.4 million) initial donation.

Donations are not the only financial links to the Gulf. According to the Observatory for Borderless Higher Education, of the 200 branch campuses opened by universities around the world, 37 are in the UAE and 10 are in Qatar.

University College London has an archaeology campus in Qatar. Bolton, Heriot-Watt, the London Business School, Manchester Business School, Cass Business School and Middlesex have bases in Dubai or neighbouring Ras Al-Khaimah, the newspaper said quoting the Financial Times.

These satellite campuses have two purposes: for countries that need to expand their higher education rapidly, it allows them to build capacity. For the university – if they can make them work – it allows them to tap potentially lucrative markets.

http://www.arabnews.com/british-universities-receive-saudi-funds

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OIC adopts joint communiqué to safeguard Muslim interests

Sep 30, 2012

UNITED NATIONS: Foreign Ministers of Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in their annual coordination meeting on Saturday evening on the sidelines of the 67th General Assembly session of the United Nations adopted 85-point joint communiqué extending its full support and cooperation to the member states to join hands to resolve the issues including Jammu and Kahmir, Palestine and improve the image of Islam.

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Member States OIC including Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar from Pakistan held their Annual Coordination Meeting at United Nations Headquarters under the Chairmanship of Yerzhan Kazykhanov, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.

The meeting reaffirmed its principled support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the realization of their legitimate right to self-determination, in accordance with the relevant UN resolutions and aspiration of the Kashmiri people. It emphasised the need for full respect of human rights as well as the importance of taking all requisite steps to provide relief and comfort to the Kashmiris.

It further called upon India to allow international human rights groups and humanitarian organisations to visit Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting expressed concern at the indiscriminate use of force and gross violations of human rights committed against the innocent Kashmiris and regretting that India had not allowed the OIC Fact Finding Mission to visit Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir or responded favourably to the offer of a Good Offices made by the OIC.

The meeting noted that the discovery of mass graves with 2156 unidentified bodies in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir has been confirmed by International Human Rights organisations and urged India to undertake independent investigations into the discovery of mass graves and ensure free and fair trial of those responsible for these heinous crimes.

The meeting commended the efforts of Pakistan and its readiness to engage with India to resolve all outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir dispute and urged the international community to play its due role to settle this long standing dispute on UN agenda for the overall improvement of the relations between Pakistan and India as well as to promote regional peace and stability.

The meeting reaffirmed the collective commitment of all OIC Member States to a long-term engagement in Afghanistan in order to bring peace, stability and socioeconomic development to the country and to tackle challenges of illicit drug trafficking and extremism.

The meeting expressed strong condemnation of the production and projection of the reprehensible film insulting Islam by an irresponsible group in the US, resulting in unfortunate violent incidents.

The meeting denounced the aggressions perpetrated against many diplomatic missions around the world and the irresponsible violations, which claimed the lives of some workers of these missions, and insisted on the need to guard against those who promote or are planning to produce such films in order to provoke Muslims.

The meeting called on all member states and the international community to counter the production and promotion of media materials which insult the revealed religions and their symbols, through international institutions and mechanisms, and stressed the need to respect religious and cultural diversity in the world.

The meeting called upon the international community to exert efforts to prevent incitement to hatred and discrimination against Muslims and to take effective measures to combat the defamation of religions and negative stereotyping against persons based on their religions, faith or race.

http://dawn.com/2012/09/30/oic-adopts-joint-communique-to-safeguard-muslim-interests/

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At U.N., Islamic world questions West on free speech

ANITA JOSHUA

Sep 30, 2012

At the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in the midst of continuing protests over the anti-Islam film ‘Innocence of Muslims’, Islamic countries used the platform to unanimously ask the West to stop protecting Islamophobia in the name of freedom of expression.

Warning that Islamophobia was becoming a new kind of racism akin to anti-Semitism, Foreign Ministers of member countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) adopted a declaration stating that the continuing instances of ‘intolerance, discrimination, profiling, negative stereotyping, stigmatisation, religious hatred and violence against Muslims as well as denigration of their religion, Prophet, Holy Book and symbols’’ were against international human rights norms and the principle of freedom of religions.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/at-un-islamic-world-questions-west-on-free-speech/article3949091.ece

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Russia helps U.S., Syria establish contact, Turkey in shock

ATUL ANEJA

Sep 30, 2012

With a little bit of help from Russia, the Americans and the Syrians have established contact with each other, sending shockwaves in Turkey, which has blamed Moscow and Beijing for the continuation of strife in Syria.

Addressing the American media on Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov dropped a bombshell. He said that Moscow had helped the American experts to establish contact with the Syrians on the subject of chemical weapons. “I hope I won’t disclose any big secret, but we have helped American experts establish contact with the Syrians on this issue, and we have received explanations and assurances that the Syrian government is guarding these facilities in the best possible way,” said Mr. Lavrov, as reported by Russia Today.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/russia-helps-us-syria-establish-contact-turkey-in-shock/article3949104.ece

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South Asia

 

Rioters Torch Buddhist Temples, Homes In Bangladesh over Desecrating Quran

30 Sep 2012

Some 25,000 people torch a village of Buddhist temple in one of the worst attacks in Bangladesh triggered by a Facebook posting allegedly defaming Islam

Thousands of rioters torched Buddhist temples and homes in south-eastern Bangladesh Sunday over a photo posted on Facebook deemed offensive to Islam, in a rare attack against the community.

Officials said the mob comprising some 25,000 people set fire to at least five Buddhist temples and dozens of homes in Ramu town and its adjoining villages, some 350 kilometres (216 miles) from the capital Dhaka.

The rioters claimed the photo allegedly defaming the Quran was uploaded on Facebook by a Buddhist man from the area, district administrator Joinul Bari said.

"They became unruly and attacked Buddhist houses, torching and damaging their temples from midnight to Sunday morning," he told AFP.

"At least 100 houses were damaged. We called in army and border guards to quell the violence," he said, adding that authorities had temporarily banned public gatherings in the area to prevent further clashes.

It was not immediately clear if there were any casualties.

Buddhists, who make up less than one percent of Bangladesh's 153 million population, are based mainly in south-eastern districts, close to the border with Buddhist-majority Myanmar.

Sectarian tensions have been running high since June when deadly clashes erupted between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya in Myanmar's western Rakhine state.

Although Bangladesh has witnessed deadly clashes between Muslims and Hindus in the past, sectarian clashes involving Buddhists are rare.

In recent weeks tens of thousands of Muslims have hit the street across the country to protest a US-made anti-Islam mocking the prophet Mohammed.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/54289/World/International/Rioters-torch-Buddhist-temples,-homes-in-Banglades.aspx

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5 Dead After Suspected Insider Attack in Afghanistan

By ROD NORDLAND

September 30, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan — Two days after joint operations between American and Afghan forces were said to be returning to normal, a pitched battle broke out between the two allies, killing five people, two Americans and three Afghans, Afghan officials said Sunday.

Details of what happened in the incident Saturday were scarce and contradictory, but both the governor and police chief of Wardak Province, just west of the capital Kabul, described a misunderstanding or argument leading to the incident, which occurred at a checkpoint of the Afghan National Army in the Said Abad district.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/01/world/asia/suspected-insider-attack-in-

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Protesting students block parliament’s entrance

By Abasin Zaheer

September 29, 2012

One parliamentarian’s vehicle hit the demonstrators, wounding three of them, he alleged, without naming the public representative

Hundreds of students on Saturday staged another protest against naming the Kabul University of Education and Training after former president Prof. Burhanuddin Rabbani and blocked the entrance to the parliament building.

On Cabinet’s recommendation, President Hamid Karzai issued a decree last week, renaming the university after Rabbani, the Jamiat-i-Islami party head and the government’s chief negotiator who was killed in a suicide bomb attack in Kabul on Sept. 20, 2011.

Full report at:

http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2012/09/29/protesting-students-block-parliament-s-entrance.html#ixzz27x83oOTE

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Afghan inside attack puts US troop deaths at 2,000

Associated Press

September 30, 2012

Kabul: U.S. military deaths in the Afghan war have reached 2,000, a cold reminder of the human cost of an 11-year-old conflict that garners little public interest at home as the United States prepares to withdraw most of its combat forces by the end of 2014.

The toll has climbed steadily in recent months with a spate of attacks by Afghan army and police against American and NATO troops, and questions about whether allied countries will achieve their aim of helping the Afghan government and its forces stand on their own after most foreign troops depart in little more than two years.

Full report at:

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/afghan-inside-attack-puts-us-troop-deaths-at-2-000-273839

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Africa

 

Extremists destroy another Sufi shrine in north Mali

 Sep 30, 2012

Members of the Ansar Dine extremist group have destroyed another shrine of a Sufi Muslim saint in a northern Mali region under their control, witnesses say.

On July 1, the Ansar Dine extremists received global condemnation when they started destroying centuries-old mausoleums of Sufi Muslim saints in the UNESCO-listed city of Timbuktu in the West African nation of Mali.

"I saw the Islamists in Goundam destroy the mausoleum of Alfa Mobo, beside the cemetery," local municipal councilor Mamadou Cisse told AFP on Saturday.

An eyewitness, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, "They smashed the mausoleum down to the level of the tomb," adding that "there were 11 of them and someone was filming it."

The witnesses said the extremists used axes and other tools to destroy the shrine.

The al-Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine group considers the ancient tombs of Muslim saints in Mali to be idolatrous.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2012/09/30/264206/sufi-shrine-in-mali-razed-by-extremists/

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Explosion, gunfire around Islamic school in Nigeria

30 Sep 2012

An explosion is reported at an Islamic school in northern Nigeria; two suspected attackers are dead and others wounded

An explosion and gunfire shook an area around an Islamic school in northern Nigeria on Sunday, leaving two suspected attackers dead and others wounded, emergency officials said.

Details of the blast in the northern city of Zaria were sketchy, with initial reports saying that the blast occurred inside the school but a government spokesman later saying that it went off Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/54302/World/International/Explosion,-gunfire-around-Islamic-school-in-Nigeri.aspx

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Two more Somali journalists murdered; one is beheaded

Associated Press

September 28, 2012

Mogadishu, Somalia: Officials in Somalia say two more journalists have been murdered, including one who was beheaded, bringing the number of journalists killed in the country this year to 15.

The Somali Journalists Union said Friday that the one journalist was beheaded on Thursday, and the other was shot dead by gunmen on Friday.

Full report at:

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/two-more-somali-journalists-murdered-one-is-beheaded-273388

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Child killed in Kenya church grenade attack

 30 Sep 2012

A young boy is killed and three other children are injured while they were attending school session at a church in the Kenyan capital Nairobi

A nine-year-old boy was killed and three other children wounded when a hand grenade was thrown into a Sunday school session in a church in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, police and medical staff said.

Kenya has suffered a series of grenade attacks since it sent troops across the border into Somalia last October in pursuit of Islamist al Shabaab militants who it blamed for kidnapping its security personnel and Western tourists.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/54299/World/International/Child-killed-in-Kenya-church-grenade-attack.aspx

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Libya launches weapons collection drive

Sep 30, 2012

TRIPOLI: Hundreds of Libyans turned over their weapons at collection points in the capital and the eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday following rallies which called for disarmament and the disbanding of militias.

A steady trickle of men surrendered their weapons to national army troops stationed in Tripoli’s Martyrs Square and in Benghazi’s Freedom Square, AFP journalists reported.

“We are astonished by the positive turnout,” said Colonel Hussein Abdullah Khalifa in Tripoli, adding that the initiative was galvanised by anti-militia rallies pressing for a united army held in Libya’s two largest cities this month.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\09\30\story_30-9-2012_pg7_4

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Tunisia plans to issue Islamic bonds early 2013: Central bank

 30 Sep 2012

Islamic finance is considered as country reforms its banking sector and loots to diversify its source of funds

Tunisia plans to issue Islamic bonds early next year as the North African country seeks to reform its banking sector and diversify sources of funding, the central bank governor said on Saturday.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/3/12/54296/Business/Economy/Tunisia-plans-to-issue-Islamic-bonds-early--Centra.aspx

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Somali piracy heyday seems over as militaries, ships defend against pirate attacks

9 SEPTEMBER 2012

By Abdi Guled, Jason Straziuso, The Associated Press

In this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, masked Somali pirate Hassan stands near a Taiwanese fishing vessel that washed up on shore after the pirates were paid a ransom and released the crew, in the once-bustling pirate den of Hobyo, Somalia. The empty whisky bottles and overturned, sand-filled skiffs that litter this shoreline are signs that the heyday of Somali piracy may be over - most of the prostitutes are gone, the luxury cars repossessed, and pirates talk more about catching lobsters than seizing cargo ships.

In this photo taken Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, masked Somali pirate Hassan stands near a Taiwanese fishing vessel that washed up on shore after the pirates were paid a ransom and released the crew, in the once-bustling pirate den of Hobyo, Somalia. The empty whisky bottles and overturned, sand-filled skiffs that litter this shoreline are signs that the heyday of Somali piracy may be over - most of the prostitutes are gone, the luxury cars repossessed, and pirates talk more about catching lobsters than seizing cargo ships.

Full report at:

http://somalilandsun.com/index.php/world/somalia/1542-somali-piracy-heyday-seems-over-

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Shebab Islamists abandon last stronghold in Somalia

September 29, 2012

Al Qaeda linked Shebab rebels said on Saturday they have abandoned the southern Somali port city of Kismayo, their last bastion in the country, a day after an assault by African Union troops.

"The military command of Shebab Mujahedeen ordered a tactical retreat at midnight," Shebab spokesman Ali Mohamud Rage told AFP.

The announcement came after an assault Friday on the city by African Union forces, which had been trying to dislodge the insurgents from the key coastal city for days.

Residents in the city confirmed that the Islamist fighters seemed to have moved outside city lines and that their radio station, Radio Andalus, was off the air.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Africa/Shebab-Islamists-abandon-last-stronghold-in-Somalia/Article1-937467.aspx

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Nigerian security officers arrested for Boko Haram links

Sep 29, 2012

Nigeria's authorities say the arrested a number of security personnel who took part in various terrorist attacks in Borno and Yobe states over suspected links to the Islamist hardline group Boko Haram

Nigeria's military said Friday it had arrested a number of security personnel over links to Islamist extremist group Boko Haram, whose insurgency has killed hundreds of people.

The arrests came after soldiers from a special military unit deployed in the northeastern city of Maiduguri arrested an immigration officer, Grema Mohammed, for allegedly being an active member of Boko Haram, a military spokesman said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/54185/World/International/Nigerian-security-officers-arrested-for-Boko-Haram.aspx

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Hundreds of Libyans handover their weapons

Associated Press

September 30, 2012

Benghazi: Hundreds of Libyans converged Saturday on a main square in Benghazi and another in Tripoli in response to a call from the military to hand over their weapons, some driving in with armored personnel carriers, tanks, vehicles with mounted anti-aircraft guns and hundreds of rocket launchers.

The call by the Libyan chiefs of staff was promoted on a private TV station in August. But it may have gained traction in the wake of the attack against the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in which the American ambassador and three staffers were killed. The incident was followed by a popular uproar against armed militias which have increasingly challenged government authorities.

Full report at:

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/hundreds-of-libyans-handover-their-weapons-273855

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Kenya Navy Shells Somali Town After Rebels Announce Retreat

September 30, 2012

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Kenyan warships shelled the southern Somali port of Kismayu overnight after al Qaeda-linked rebels said they had abandoned the city, residents said on Sunday.

Stunned by an assault by sea, air and ground forces late on Friday night, al Shabaab rebels fled the city that had been their key source of revenue, retreating to surrounding forests and towns.

The shells may have been targeting any remaining pockets of resistance or military installations in the city that was the rebels' last stronghold.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/09/30/world/africa/30reuters-somalia-

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India

 

Indian Doctor to Set up First Substitution Therapy Centre in Pakistan

Yudhvir Rana

Sep 30, 2012

AMRITSAR: An India doctors is all set to leave for Pakistan to establish its first ever opiod substitution therapy (OST) centre for the treatment of injecting drug users due to which the number of HIV positive cases are on rise in Pakistan.

In charge of OST centre, Tarn Taran, Dr Rana Ranbir Singh told TOI on Saturday that he had been invited by United Nations office on drugs and crime in Pakistan to set up OST center at Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Hospital, Ralwalpindi, where he would also impart OST training to doctors and staff.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indian-doctor-to-set-up-first-opiod-substitution-therapy-center-in-Pakistan/articleshow/16608811.cms

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Indian social worker stabbed by youngsters in Riyadh

FOUZIA KHAN

30 September 2012

JEDDAH: Mala Mohiyudheen, general secretary of the Federation of Kerala Associations in Saudi Arabia (FOKASA), was stabbed in his belly at Marghab Street in Riyadh on Thursday.

“I was attacked by five black youngsters, wearing trousers and T-shirts while I walked to my car on the side of the road. One of them pulled a dagger from his trousers and tried to stab me. I quickly defended myself, using the briefcase I was carrying. The dagger couldn’t make a deep stab in my stomach,” said Mohiyudheen.

He further said the other miscreants tried extort money from him. Mohiyudheen screamed loudly for help while the men were attacking him.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/indian-social-worker-stabbed-youngsters-riyadh

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India engages with stakeholders on Afghanistan’s future

Sep 30, 2012

NEW DELHI: Afghanistan has dominated discussions between India and other countries in New York this week, said official sources.

In the backdrop of the US and Afghan forces no longer fighting together and Nato forces' withdrawal looming large, Afghanistan convened a meeting of the P-5 countries, India, Pakistan and others at the UN Security Council to brief them about the Afghan situation in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in progress. Foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai represented India at the meeting which discussed the future of the war-torn nation after 2014.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/India-engages-with-stakeholders-on-Afghanistans-future/articleshow/16606746.cms

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Gulzar to get Indira Gandhi award for national integration

Sep 30, 2012

NEW DELHI: Renowned lyricist, poet and author Gulzar has been nominated for the 27th Indira Gandhi award for National Integration.

The award will be given to the 75-year old film-maker by Congress president Sonia Gandhi on October 31 — the martyrdom day of Indira Gandhi — in recognition of his contribution in promoting and preserving spirit of national integration.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Gulzar-to-get-Indira-Gandhi-award-for-national-integration/articleshow/16607937.cms

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Delhi, Dhaka agree to step up border fencing

Sep 30, 2012

NEW DELHI: The porous India-Bangladesh border will soon see greater pace and rigour in fencing, an issue pushed by India to control smuggling and stop illegal migration. The border forces of Bangladesh and India on Saturday completed their five-day meet on border issues, with the former making a commitment to expedite fencing by resolving disputes around the zero line.

While Bangladesh refused to accept that there was any illegal migration of its nationals into India, it's positive response on resolving fencing issues quickly is a step towards stopping illegal migration.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Delhi-Dhaka-agree-to-step-up-border-fencing/articleshow/16607658.cms

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Jamia launches credit transfer system for PG students

Naveed Iqbal

 Sep 30 2012

New Delhi : Vice-Chancellor Najeeb Jung said the system would be restricted to Jamia for now, but would be adopted in meta-university projects eventually

Calling it a milestone in its academic programme, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI) has introduced the “credit transfer system” at the post-graduate level across faculties, departments and centres.

This means students can opt for courses at the postgraduate level cutting across disciplines and faculties, “which will bring greater diversity and flexibility” in the academic programmes of the university.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/jamia-launches-credit-transfer-system-for-pg-students/1009868/

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Ishrat case accused cop quizzed by CBI

 Sep 30 2012

Ahmedabad : The CBI, which is probing the Sadiq Jamal encounter case, on Saturday questioned IPS officer Girish Singhal at its Gandhinagar office for nearly five hours.

Singhal, who was recently transferred in the state’s Intelligence Bureau as deputy commissioner (intelligence), was questioned for the first time in the case. He was an assistant commissioner of police at the Ahmedabad’s Detection of Crime Branch which shot Sadiq Jamal near Galaxy Cinema in Naroda area of the city on January 13, 2003.

The CBI reportedly questioned Singhal on the summary report he had filed in the case in 2003 as supervising officer of the probe that was carried out by the then police inspector H P Agravat.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/sadiq-encounter-ishrat-case-accused-cop-quizzed-by-cbi/1009895/

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Eminent citizens express concern at arrest of innocents on terror charges

28 September 2012

By Abdul Basith MA

Kozhikode: Eminent intellectuals, human rights activists from different faiths and community leaders have expressed deep concern at the rise in arrest of innocent Muslim youths on terror charges – many of them fabricated ones.

At a meeting of Students Islamic Organisation [SIO] over framing of Muslim students by Bangalore Police, the eminent citizens conveyed a strong message against the State attempt to alienate them from professional, science and technological fields by framing them as terrorists.

Full report at:

http://twocircles.net/2012sep28/eminent_citizens_express_concern_arrest_innocents_terror_charges.html

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Pakistan

 

After much wait, chowk named after Bhagat Singh in Pakistan

 Sep 30, 2012

BARNALA: The celebrations erupted when the legendary martyr Bhagat Singh finally got official recognition across the Radcliff line in Pakistan.

Conceding to a long pending demand of Bhagat Singh followers in Pakistan Punjab, the authorities have renamed the Shadman chowk as Bhagat Singh Chowk. Going by a news item published in the prominent English daily of Pakistan 'The Dawn' about renaming of chowk on Sunday, the progressive fields are agog with happiness. After the central jail, where freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged on March 23, 1931 was demolished in 1961, Shadman colony was set up and at execution ground Shadman Chowk was built.

Civil society activists of Pakistan had been holding a candle march at the chowk on 23rd March for many years with the demand of naming the chowk after Bhagat Singh. This year on 23rd March, veteran Indian journalist Kuldip Nayar had made former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to promise to emphasize on getting the chowk officially named as Bhagat Singh Chowk to the Punjab provincial government.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/After-much-wait-chowk-named-after-Bhagat-Singh-in-Pakistan/articleshow/16612657.cms

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14 terrorists killed in Orakzai operation

Sep 30, 2012

HANGU: At least 14 terrorists were killed and several others injured in an operation by security forces in different areas of the Upper Orakzai Agency, officials said on Saturday. According to official sources, four hideouts of the terrorists were also destroyed in the crackdown. The forces are advancing in the area, the sources added. Orakzai is the only tribal agency of the country, which does not border Afghanistan. Security forces have been carrying out operations against terrorists in the Orakzai Agency despite the military’s announcement earlier that the official operation in the area was over and that it had been cleared of terrorists. However, recent attacks and activities by terrorists in the region have led to renewed operations by security forces. The area has been witnessing the worst acts of terrorism where hundreds of people have been killed.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\09\30\story_30-9-2012_pg7_3

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Five tell Pak court about Mumbai attack training

Sep 30 2012

Islamabad : Five prosecution witnesses today testified before a Pakistani anti-terrorism judge about the training of the terrorists who carried out the November 2008 assault on Mumbai, official sources said.

The witnesses, including intelligence operatives and officials of the Federal Investigation Agency, appeared before Judge Chaudhry Habib-ur-Rehman of the Rawalpindi-based anti-terrorism court and recorded their statements during proceedings held behind closed doors at Adiala Jail.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/five-tell-pak-court-about-mumbai-attack-training/1009870/

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Apology won’t solve Balochistan issue: Former CM

Sep 30, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Balochistan Nationalist Party (BNP) chief and former Balochistan chief minister Sardar Akhtar Mengal said Baloch people have been deprived of their rights for the last 65 years, and that an apology was not the solution of the Balochistan issue.

He was addressing a joint press conference with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan on Saturday. Mengal said elections were not their preference; in fact they wanted solution of the Balochistan issue.

Mengal thanked Imran Khan for supporting his six points and all other political parties for supporting and expressing solidarity with the people of Balochistan. He said they were very weak, and that they could only render their lives. He also said supporters of hundreds of Baloch families had been killed or kidnapped.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\09\30\story_30-9-2012_pg7_1

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Pakistan calls for stepped-up efforts to promote interfaith harmony

Sep 30, 2012

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan on Friday lauded the UN-backed initiative that seeks to promote better cross-cultural relations worldwide, and called for stepped up efforts to promote interfaith harmony in the wake of the release of the anti-Islam video.

“The instances of religious intolerance and acts of incitement to hatred such as the release of blasphemous video are on the increase,” Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said in remarks to the ministerial meeting of the Alliance of Civilisations’ Group of Friends, held on the margins of the high-level debate of the UN General Assembly. “These incidents are not only sowing the seeds of religious hatred, discrimination and violence among and within societies but are also a serious threat to the maintenance of international peace and security,” Khar said.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\09\30\story_30-9-2012_pg7_17

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Pakistan TV reporter shot dead in Balochistan

September 29, 2012

Islamabad: A reporter of a TV news channel was shot dead by unidentified persons in the restive Balochistan province of southwest Pakistan today.

Abdul Haq Baloch, the correspondent for ARY News in Khuzdar, was shot dead at Chakar Khan Road in the city this evening, the channel reported.

The motive for the killing could not immediately be ascertained.

No group claimed responsibility for the incident.

Another employee of ARY News was killed in Peshawar city in the northwest during violent protests against an anti-Islam film on September 21.

The employee died after being hit by a bullet in police firing.

Pakistan is regarded as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists.

Dozens of reporters have died performing their duties over the past decade.

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/pakistan-tv-reporter-shot-dead-273737

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Pakistan wants lasting solution to Kashmir issue: Asif Ali Zardari

 Sep 30, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan wants a "result-oriented uninterrupted dialogue" with India that will help find a permanent solution to the Kashmir dispute, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari told Kashmiri leader and Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Mohammad Umar Farooq.

Zardari reiterated Pakistan's stance to continue support to the Kashmiri cause at a meeting with the Mirwaiz, who heads the moderate faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference in Jammu and Kashmir, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York, the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP) reported on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-wants-lasting-solution-to-

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Which Pak story we must tell: Good, bad or steamy?

Sonya Fatah | Sep 30, 2012

There's a college student who looks like he's on the higher side of the class hierarchy. He's on the street with a big, bristly broom and he's brushing away the debris. The state-hired municipal worker in his orange overalls is amused but clearly delighted, as he stands back and watches this Lahore youngster break into an impassioned, dedicated and slightly uncomfortable sweat.

He isn't alone. There's a small army of his college comrades sweeping, scrubbing and painting the spaces that were attacked with fervour only a few days ago.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Which-Pak-story-we-must-tell-Good-bad-or-steamy/articleshow/16607924.cms

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Pak army denies role in Khar-Bilawal issue

Sep 30, 2012

THE Pakistani military on Saturday dismissed as absurd and baseless a UK newspaper’s report that the ISI was behind the rumours of a link- up between foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar and Bilawal Bhutto Zardari.

A spokesman for the Inter- Services Public Relations denied The Telegraph ’s allegation that the ISI was running a defamation campaign through the Bangladeshi tabloid Blitz against Khar and Bilawal, chairman of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party. The daily should have behaved responsibly, he said.

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Pakistani minister to go ahead with offer

Sep 30, 2012

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani minister at the centre of a controversy for offering a reward to anyone who kills the maker of an anti-Islam film has said he will put a bounty on the head of any person who commits blasphemy in future. Railway minister Ghulam Ahmed Bilour said he stood by his offer of a bounty of $100,000 for the killing of the maker of 'Innocence Of Muslims'.

Addressing a meeting in Peshawar on Friday, he said he would not be deterred by criticism of action by Western nations.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Bounty-row-Pakistani-minister-to-go-ahead-with-offer/articleshow/16607999.cms

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‘Change in thinking must to bring change in region’: Lahore HC

Sep 30, 2012

LAHORE: Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial said on Saturday there was need to “change our thinking individually if we want to bring change in the region”.

Addressing a seminar, he said that behavioural change on part of citizens of both Pakistan and India was necessary to bring peace and harmony in the territory. The seminar, titled ‘Role of Jurists on Indo-Pak Harmony’, was organised by the Punjab Bar Council. It was arranged to welcome a delegation of 110 Indian lawyers who arrived in Lahore on Saturday on a goodwill visit, and to discuss ways with jurists to strengthen friendly ties between the two countries.

The LHC chief justice said that if “we respect each other, relations between Pakistan and India can improve”, adding that a mediator always changes a country’s fate and its role cannot be denied in this regard.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\09\30\story_30-9-2012_pg13_5

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Imran Khan-led party goes down in popularity: Survey

Sep 29, 2012

KARACHI: Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf party's popularity has gone down by a massive 22 per cent among likely voters in the next general elections in 2013, according to a survey.

The survey, conducted by the International Republican Institute (IRI), has shown that the Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz Sharif group) has witnessed an increase of 3.7 per cent in its popularity.

The increase in the popularity ratings of the PML-N comes despite stringent criticism by cricketer-turned-politician Imran of the PML-N and its leaders.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Imran-Khan-led-party-goes-down-in-popularity-Survey/articleshow/16605212.cms

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High court asks Centre to get Pakistan court documents on 'freedom fighter' claim

Sep 30, 2012

CHANDIGARH: The Centre will use the diplomatic channels to get documents from a Pakistan court which will unravel the mystery behind the murder of a British lady in 1943.

Admitting a plea, the Punjab and Haryana high court recently directed the Centre to get a copy of a Gujjaranwala court judgment from Pakistan to find out whether the murder of Captain Miss Heran in Pakistan by Jagant Nath alias Bhola was part of freedom struggle.

The petition filed by Jagan Nath alias Bhola claimed that he is a freedom fighter and he had killed Heran in 1943 in Pakistan as part of a plot to target British nationals. Bhola was convicted of murder and robbery and was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment for life by the sessions judge, Gujjaranwala (now in Pakistan), on March 25, 1947.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/High-court-asks-Centre-to-get-Pakistan-court-documents-on-freedom-fighter-claim/articleshow/16608854.cms

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Dual nationality case: Rehman Malik asked to appear before court

Sep 30 2012

Islamabad : Pakistan's Supreme Court has directed Interior Minister Rehman Malik to appear before it on October 3 to substantiate his allegation that there are "many" members of federal and provincial assemblies who hold dual nationality.

The apex court recently disqualified 11 federal and provincial lawmakers and said Malik stands to lose his membership of the Senate or upper house of parliament as they had all made false declarations about their dual nationality during the 2008 polls.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/dual-nationality-case-rehman-malik-asked-to-appear-before-court/1009952/

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‘Rattled’ Pak military denies involvement of ISI, MI in ‘enforced disappearances’ in Balochistan

Sep 29 2012

Islamabad : In wake of the six-point plan laid down by Baloch Nationalist Party leader Sardar Akhtar Mengal as a precondition for talks, the nation’s top military leaders rushed to vindicate themselves from the Balochistan issue, stoutly denying that the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) had any involvement in enforced disappearances.

Balochistan Chief Secretary Babar Yaqoob Fateh Muhammad submitted a joint statement to address the other accusations hurled at the armed forces besides missing persons, after holding a meeting with top military and executive authority officials.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/-rattled--pak-military-denies-involvement-of-isi-mi-in--enforced-disappearances--in-balochistan/1009700/

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Anti-Hindu attack prompt blasphemy case in Pak

Sep 30, 2012

A group of Muslims suspected of ransacking a Hindu temple in southern Pakistan may be charged with blasphemy, police said on Sunday. The case is a rare twist on the use of the country’s harsh blasphemy laws, which are more often invoked against supposed offenses to Islam as opposed to minority faiths.

The laws, sections of which carry the death penalty or life imprisonment, have drawn renewed international scrutiny this year after a young Christian girl in Islamabad was alleged to have desecrated the Quran. A Muslim cleric now stands accused of fabricating evidence against the girl, who has been freed on bail. Police officer Mohammad Hanif said the anti-Hindu attack took place September 21, 2012. The government had declared that day a national holiday a “Day of Love for the Prophet” and called on people to demonstrate peacefully against a U.S.-made anti-Islam film that has sparked protests throughout the Muslim world. Those rallies took a violent turn in Pakistan, and more than 20 people were killed.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/antihindu-attack-prompt-blasphemy-case-in-pak/article3951527.ece

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NLD to improve electoral participation of non-Muslims

Sep 30, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Six party leaders, under the umbrella of the National Lobbying Delegation (NLD), met last week to make suggestions to improve electoral participation of non-Muslims and also vowed to take up these suggestions within their parties before the next general elections, Daily Times learnt on Saturday.

The political leaders acknowledged that laws which barred non-Muslims from assuming higher offices in the state institutions needed to be amended.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Deputy Convener Dr Farooq Sattar said, “We will work with other political parties to build a consensus to get Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s famous speech of 11th August inserted as Article 2-B in the constitution of Pakistan. This will help offset the discriminatory undertones of Article 2-A, and other similar articles in the constitution.” Dr Sattar said, “Our party is seriously considering nomination of the non-Muslim candidates on general seats and to award party tickets to them in the next elections”.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\09\30\story_30-9-2012_pg7_13

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Two top police officials gunned down

Sep 30, 2012

KARACHI: Deputy Jail Superintendent and Assistant Jail Superintendent were gunned down in an act of target killing here on Saturday. SHO Rana Haseeb Ahmed said that unidentified pillion riders opened a volley of bullets on the car AKV-718 near NIPA Chowrangi within the precincts of Gulshan-e-Iqbal police station. As a result, two men identified as 37-year-old Pir Masood son of Mushtaq and 40-year-old Abdul Razzak Abbasi son of Abdul Latif received multiple fatal bullet wounds. After committing the swift crime, the culprits escaped.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\09\30\story_30-9-2012_pg12_4

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Nine babies die at Larkana hospital

 M.B. Kalhoro   

Sep 30, 2012

LARKANA: The Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) confirmed on Saturday the death of nine newborn children in 12 hours at its paediatrics department.

Taking notice of the deaths in the hospital, Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan, Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah and Health Minister Dr Sagheer Ahmed ordered an inquiry into the tragedy.

Sources in the hospital suspected negligence, claiming that lack of accountability coupled with dearth of facilities caused the deaths.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/09/30/nine-babies-die-at-larkana-hospital/

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OIC hails Pakistan’s talks with India

Sep 30, 2012

NEW YORK: The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Saturday praised Pakistan for engaging with India to resolve the Kashmir and other disputes.

In a joint communique issued after its coordination meeting, OIC foreign ministers condemned the anti-Islam film made in the US. But they urged Muslim nations not to resort to violence while protesting against the video.

The meeting also denounced the aggressions perpetrated against many diplomatic missions around the world and the irresponsible violations, which claimed the lives of some workers of these missions.  OIC foreign ministers “insisted on the need to guard against those who promote or are planning to produce such films in order to provoke Muslims”.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/09/30/oic-hails-pakistans-talks-with-india/

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North America

 

Youngest prisoner leaves Guantanamo, returns to Canada

Associated Press

September 30, 2012

Toronto: The last Western detainee held at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay returned to Canada on Saturday after a decade in custody following his capture in Afghanistan at age 15 after being wounded in a firefight with U.S. soldiers, officials said.

Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews said that 26-year-old Omar Khadr arrived at a Canadian military base on a U.S. government plane early Saturday and was transferred to the Millhaven maximum security prison in Bath, Ontario.

The son of an alleged al-Qaida financier, Khadr pleaded guilty in 2010 to killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan and was eligible to return to Canada from Guantanamo Bay last October under terms of a plea deal.

Full report at:

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/youngest-prisoner-leaves-guantanamo-returns-to-canada-273784

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US warns of terror threat to missionaries

Sep 30, 2012

CAIRO: The United States warned on Saturday that US women Christian missionaries in Egypt face threats of terror attacks and urged vigilance. “The embassy has credible information suggesting terrorist interest in targeting US female missionaries in Egypt,” the American mission in Cairo said in a statement on its website. “Accordingly, US citizens should exercise vigilance, taking necessary precautions to maintain their personal security,” it said, calling on Americans to ensure they can be contacted by diplomatic missions in case of emergency.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\09\30\story_30-9-2012_pg7_8

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US intel group finds Qaida link in envoy killing

Sep 30, 2012

WASHINGTON: The assault on the US consulate in Libya's Benghazi city was a "deliberate and organized terrorist attack" by groups affiliated with or sympathetic to al-Qaida, America's top intelligence agency has said.

This is a significant turnaround of the previous version of the attack coming from the Obama administration that this was a spontaneous protest against an anti-Islam video. The attack resulted in the death of four Americans including the US ambassador to Libya.

"As we learned more about the attack, we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information indicating that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists," Shawn Turner, the spokesman for the Director of National Intelligence, said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-intel-group-finds-Qaida-link-in-envoy-killing/articleshow/16607963.cms

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Ottawa Muslim leader condemns violence over anti-Islamic film

 By Chloé Fedio

September 30, 2012

The Ottawa leader of a Muslim sect condemned the violent reaction to “an extremely foul and provocative film,” including bloody protests and the storming of a consulate building in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three embassy staff.

During a Saturday evening gathering at the spiritual centre of Ahmadiyya Muslims in Cumberland, Imam Imtiaz Ahmed told members of his congregation that it’s possible to protest peacefully against “The Innocence of Muslims,” a 14-minute amateur film produced in the United States and released online.

“It is a disgraceful and vulgar action of the producer of the film that has caused unrest in the entire Muslim world. Each Muslim is reacting to it — they exhibit momentary passion by burning flags, causing damage and destruction, and attacking embassies,” he said. “By burning flags and burning property of an embassy and by killing an ambassador, do they think that they have had their reprisal? This is indeed against the teaching of Islam. This is not true Islam.”

Full report at:

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/Ottawa+Muslim+leader+condemns+violence+over+anti+Islamic+film/

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Arab World

 

"We are no less than Jews who defend their religion," Egypt minister

29 Sep 2012

Egypt's minister of religious endowments says Muslims are no less than Jews who never tolerate any insult directed at their religion; Afifi also condemning use of violence to defend Prophet Mohammed

Minister of Endowment Talaat Afify said Muslims are no less than "Jews" who, when insulted, "get up in arms and accuse insulatorsof anti-Semitism," referring to a recent anti-Islam film and offensive cartoons of the Prophet Mohamed.

In a speech in a conference held Saturday in the city of Beni Suef, Upper Egypt, Afifi also condemned defending the Prophet Mohammed by "extremism, violence and torching embassies." These methods, according to him, do nothing but inflame an already explosive situation.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/54241/Egypt/Politics-/We-are-no-less-than-Jews-who-defend-their-religion.aspx

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Banks Seizing Dormant Accounts against Shariah: Experts

30 September 2012

JEDDAH: Shariah experts on financial matters declare that local banks are committing a crime by seizing the deposits in accounts that had not been accessed in the past five years.

The experts demand that agencies such as the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) take action against such violations of both Shariah principles and rules of international banking.

They made this demand while reacting to a recent media report that banks in the Kingdom seized the deposits in dormant accounts that were not operated for the past five years.

The report quoted Secretary-General of the Media and Awareness Committee of Saudi Banks Talat Hafiz as saying that the banks have been converting the deposits in dormant accounts to a special account for their own investments. Hafiz refused to disclose the amount involved in such operations.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/banks-seizing-dormant-accounts-against-shariah

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23 killed in blasts across Iraq

Sep 30, 2012

Bombs striking Shia neighbourhoods, security forces and other targets across Iraq killed at least 23 people Sunday, officials said. It was the latest instance in which insurgents launched coordinated attacks in multiple cities across the country in a single day, apparently intending to rekindle widespread sectarian conflict and undermine public confidence in the government.

The deadliest attack came in the town of Taji, a former al-Qaeda stronghold just north of Baghdad, where three explosive-rigged cars went off within minutes of each other. Police said eight people died and 28 were injured in the back-to-back blasts that began around 7.15 a.m. local time.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/23-killed-in-blasts-across-iraq/article3951544.ece

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Away From Cities, a Life Laced With Violence for Syrians

By C. J. CHIVERS

September 29, 2012

RUWEIHA, Syria — The children slept on the floor of a school on a mountain slope.

They did not stir as artillery shells passed high overhead to slam into Sarja, the village they had fled, even as each distant rumble told of an explosion that might have killed them had they remained at home.

“There are eight families here,” said Jaber Zein Aldin, 72, who watched from the school door as red tracers arced through the night sky. “Forty people, escaping the shelling and the aircraft.”

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/30/world/middleeast/syrians-struggle-in-the-countryside-

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Shia boy dies of wounds after Saudi police raid: Family

 29 Sep 2012

A Saudi teenager has died of wounds sustained four days ago in a police raid that killed a wanted Shia man and a companion, relatives said

Saudi authorities informed the family of Hasan Zahiri, 16, on Saturday that he succumbed to injuries, the relatives said, raising the death toll of the attack on a house in the Shia village of Al-Awamiya to three.

Security forces had tracked down Khalid al-Labad to a house in Al-Awamiya, in the Qatif district, the interior ministry said on Wednesday. It said a gunbattle erupted when police attempted to arrest the man who figured on a list of 23 Shiites wanted in connection with unrest.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/54240/World/Region/Shia-boy-dies-of-wounds-after-Saudi-police-raid-Fa.aspx

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At UN, Saudi Arabia calls for deepening of dialogue among religions to prevent conflicts

28 September 2012

United Nations Member States must spread a culture of tolerance and understanding and deepen the dialogue among cultures and religions to prevent conflicts, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, Prince Addulaziz bin Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, said in his statement to the world body’s General Assembly today.

“In order to maintain this noble humanitarian requirement promoted by all religions, we must disseminate and deepen the dialogue with a view to achieve peace between human beings, to avoid conflicts, to put an end to acts of aggression and arrogance, to respect religious, cultural, and civilizational particularity of peoples, and to encourage pursuit of positive interaction between civilizations, cultures, and religions,” Mr. Bin Abdulaziz told the gathered delegates at the 67th Assembly’s General Debate at UN Headquarters in New York.

Full report at:

http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=43139&Cr=general+debate&Cr1=#.UGcAcpjMgXw

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UN, partners gave $487.9m for Syrian refugees

BY Sara Sabry

 September 30, 2012

UN help 294,000 Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries

Abu Dhabi: Nearly $487.9 million (Dh 1.79 billion) has been given by the United Nations and its humanitarian partners to support Syrian refugees with the continued violence in Syria, said a UN official in the UAE.

Some 52 humanitarian organisations, led by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), have helped around 294,000 Syrian registered refugees or those awaiting registration in neighbouring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Turkey. Each day, two to three thousand refugees are crossing into neighbouring countries.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/syria/un-partners-gave-487-9m-for-syrian-refugees-1.1082873

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Crown Prince: Moderation not just a slogan but a comprehensive path

1 October 2012

JEDDAH: Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, has stressed the need for moderation to contain the present crisis faced by the Muslim world.

“Moderation is not something that could be said in words … it is not a mere slogan but a total path and commitment to a principle that would achieve general welfare aimed at the goodness and growth (of the people),” Salman said during a series of lectures on “Moderation in the life of the King Abdul Aziz” at the King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah on Saturday.

He said moderation encompasses all aspects of life including eating, talking, education, spending and the dealings and all other areas of life in life.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/crown-prince-moderation-not-just-word-or-slogan-comprehensive-saudi-path

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In Syria’s Largest City, Fire Ravages Ancient Market

By ANNE BARNARD and HWAIDA SAAD

September 29, 2012

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Fire swept through the old central souk, or marketplace, of Aleppo, Syria, on Saturday, damaging a vast and well-preserved labyrinth of medieval storehouses, shops, schools and ornate courtyards as fierce clashes between security forces and insurgents vowing to carry out a “decisive battle” for the city continued.

One video shot by antigovernment activists showed a curtain of dark smoke hanging over the center of Aleppo near the old city, a Unesco World Heritage site. Another showed intense, crackling orange flames engulfing heavy wooden doors in what appeared to be one of the market’s arched stone passageways. The activists said they believed that the fire, whose origins were unclear, had destroyed a large portion of the market’s shops overnight, though the claim could not be immediately verified.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/30/world/middleeast/fire-sweeps-through-ancient-souk-

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Bahrain Faces Riots After Boy Dies in Protest

September 29, 2012

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Riot police officers in Bahrain fired tear gas and stun grenades on Saturday in clashes with protesters who broke away from a funeral procession for a 17-year-old boy killed the day before during street battles with the security forces.

Thousands of mourners took part in the funeral march, chanting antigovernment slogans and waving Bahraini flags. Later, smaller groups of several hundred demonstrators broke away and hurled stones at police units. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The death of the boy late Friday could stir more tensions between the forces backing the Sunni-led monarchy and groups from Bahrain’s Shiite majority who are seeking a greater voice in the country’s political affairs.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/30/world/middleeast/bahrain-confirms-police-killed-

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Syrian activists say fighting in Aleppo kills 5

Sep 30, 2012

AMMAN: Fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces killed at least five people in the embattled northern city of Aleppo, activists said Sunday. 

The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead included a man who has been shot by a sniper near the city’s medieval citadel earlier in the day. Several homes were also destroyed in the violence, the Observatory said.

The country’s commercial capital and largest city, Aleppo is home to some 3 million people and was once a bastion of support for President Bashar Assad. But the city has been hit by fierce fighting since rebels launched an offensive there in July.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/09/30/syrian-activists-say-fighting-in-aleppo-kills-5/

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Egypt defence minister reduces sentence against anti-SCAF military officers

29 Sep 2012

Recently appointed minister of defence reduces punishment of officers who protested against retired Field Marshal Tantawi (the so-called 8 April officers) to a one-year suspended jail sentence

Defence Minister General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has issued an order on Saturday reducing the sentences against 21 "8 April" military officers, who have been arrested and prosecuted for joining demonstrations in April 2011 against the then ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), to a suspended one year prison. 

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/54249/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-defence-minister-reduces-sentence-against-an.aspx

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Iraq to stop Iran flights over suspicions of Syria arms

30 Sep 2012

Iraq says it is determined to land the Iranian flights that fly over its soil to be checked for suspected weapons and ammunition carried to the Al-Assad regime in Syria

 Iraq is determined to stop and search flights from Iran over its territory which are suspected of carrying weapons to Syria, Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said in comments reported on Sunday.

"We have assured US officials that the Iraqi government is determined to land (Iranian) flights and carry out random searches," Zebari said, quoted by Arabic daily Al-Hayat.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/54292/World/Region/Iraq-to-stop-Iran-flights-over-suspicions-of-Syria.aspx

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Mideast Asia

 

Limit free speech and protect Islam, Algeria tells world leaders at UN

Sep 30, 2012

UNITED NATIONS: Algeria is proposing an initiative under the auspices of the United Nations that would limit freedom of expression in order to prevent the denigrating of Islam.

Algeria's foreign minister Mourad Medelci said a global response is needed following the recent violent demonstrations provoked by a US-produced anti-Islam video.

Dozens of world leaders raised the issue of free speech versus denigration of religion at this year's ministerial meeting of the UN General Assembly.

Malaysia's foreign minister Anifah Aman told the assembly on Saturday that attacks on Islam shouldn't be protected by freedom of speech laws.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Limit-free-speech-and-protect-Islam-Algeria-tells-world-leaders-at-UN/articleshow/16608149.cms

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Israel already passed own nuclear red line: Iran

29 Sep 2012

Iranian Defence minister says that Israel nuclear program is more dangerous to peace and security in the Middle East than the Iranian one

Israel has already breached its own red line set by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by acquiring "dozens of nuclear warheads," Iranian Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said on Saturday.

"If having the atomic bomb is passing the red line, the Zionist regime, that possesses dozens of nuclear warheads and weapons of mass destruction, has passed the red line years ago, and it has to be stopped," he said, according to the ISNA news agency.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/54235/World/Region/Israel-already-passed-own-nuclear-red-line-Iran.aspx

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Israel to take military action against Iran?

Associated Press

September 30, 2012

New York: The Israeli Prime Minister's fiery rhetoric on Iran suggests he may be considering military action before the US elections.

During a visit to the United Nations this week, Benjamin Netanyahu declared the world had only until next summer to stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb.

His 2013 deadline appeared to be a concession, but in an interview with Israel's Channel 10, Netanyahu refused to commit.

Full report at:

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/israel-to-take-military-action-against-iran-273782

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Iran sanctions could spark domestic uprising: Israel finance minister

Sep 30, 2012

JERUSALEM: International sanctions could trigger a popular uprising in Iran similar to last year's revolution in Egypt that toppled Hosni Mubarak, Israel's foreign minister said in statements published on Sunday.

"The opposition demonstrations that took place in Iran in June 2009 will come back in even greater force," Foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman said in an interview published by Israel's Haaretz newspaper.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-sanctions-could-spark-domestic-uprising-Israel-finance-minister/articleshow/16612880.cms

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Israelis kill Palestinian fisherman in Gaza, medical officials say

Sep 30, 2012

GAZA CITY: The Israeli navy killed a Palestinian fisherman and wounded another in the northern Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical officials said on Saturday.

The brothers had been near the coast off Beit Lahiya along with other fishermen when the Israeli navy opened fire on their boats, the Gaza fishing union said.

"Fahmi Abu Rayash and his brother arrived wounded at Beit Lahiya hospital late on Friday morning. Fahmi, who suffered a gun shot wound to the leg, lost a lot of blood and died before midnight," medical officials told AFP.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israelis-kill-Palestinian-fisherman-in-Gaza-medical-officials-say/articleshow/16608431.cms

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Israeli PM tells coalition partners to back budget or face poll

Sep 30, 2012

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told his coalition partners he will have to call an early election if they do not back a "responsible" budget he must present by the end of the year.

Netanyahu said he would start meeting coalition partners after he returns home from New York on Sunday. Failure to pass the budget by December 31 would mean bringing forward a national ballot currently scheduled for October 2013.

"I'm sorry to say that it depends on each and every (coalition member)," Netanyahu told Israel's Channel 1 television in an interview recorded in New York on Friday and aired in Israel on Saturday night.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israeli-PM-tells-coalition-partners-to-back-budget-or-face-poll/articleshow/16607565.cms

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Iran seeks alternatives to Google, Gmail: report

 Sep 30 2012

Tehran : An Iranian official says Tehran plans to create its own search engine and e-mail service to replace Google and its Gmail e-mail service, even as it weights lifting a ban on Gmail enacted in response to an anti-Islam film.

Reports today by Iranian newspapers including the independent Aftab daily quote Deputy Telecommunications Minister Ali Hakim Javadi as saying he hoped to launch the Fakhr search engine and Fajr e-mail in the near future.

Hakim Javadi said authorities are discussing lifting the ban on Gmail imposed by an Iranian court in response to the posting of the film on YouTube, which is owned by Google.

Google's search engine service is still available. Tehran has long promised to launch its own "clean" and "national" version of the Internet to curb Western influence.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/iran-seeks-alternatives-to-google-gmail-report/1010009/

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Turkish PM Touts Ruling Party Success

September 30, 2012

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that the era of military coups in the country is over and that Turkey is a model for other Muslim countries to emulate.

Erdogan was addressing a major congress of his ruling party which is marking a decade of electoral success, a strong record of economic growth and a rising regional stature.

The ruling Justice and Development Party, which came to power in 2002 has maintained Turkey's decades-old secular system, but at the same time has curtailed the power of the military, which have staged three coups since the 1960s and forced an Islamic government out of office in 1997.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/09/30/world/europe/ap-eu-turkey-

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Southeast Asia

 

PKS stages rally against anti-Islam movie

September 30 2012

Thousands of members of the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the country’s largest Islamic political party, staged a mass rally in front of the US Embassy in Central Jakarta on Sunday. The protesters urged the US government, especially President Barrack Obama, to take the anti-Islam movie director to the court for creating Innocence of Muslims.

PKS politician Indra said that the party invited members from across the capital to take part in the demonstration. “We will conduct a peaceful protest. But we want the world to know that the movie insults our prophet,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/09/30/pks-stages-rally-against-anti-islam-movie.html

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Reversing the Ravages of Child Malnutrition in Indonesia

Sep 30, 2012

Alfredon, who will turn 1 next month, cries as a community health worker slips a measuring band around his upper arm at his home in Magepanda subdistrict, East Nusa Tenggara.

The health worker does not pay much attention to the toddler’s tears. She is pleased with the reading of 12.5 centimeters, which shows that the circumference of Alfredon’s arm is 2.5 centimeters longer than two months ago when he was classified as severely malnourished.

Long-term consequences

Child malnutrition affects 37 percent of Indonesian children whose growth has been stunted by ill health and a lack of vital micronutrients in their diet. While Alfredon has recovered from his acute malnutrition, there is a good chance that the chronic, long-term lack of nutrients has impaired his growth and development, which unfortunately cannot be reversed.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/reversing-the-ravages-of-child-malnutrition-in-indonesia/547221

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