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Not All Muslims Happy Over UK's Sharia Acceptance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo of the Shah Jahan Mosque in Woking by RHaworth via Wikipedia under a Creative Commons licence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

Not All Muslims Happy Over UK's Sharia Acceptance

Hungarian envoy pays respects at Hezbollah monument as 'jihad tourist'

Law Society Criticised For Sharia Will Guidance

Scientists must improve cooperation to stop nuclear terrorism, experts urge

UN calls on Turkey to stop blocking Twitter

 

North America

US Hiding Report on Radical Saudi School Textbooks

Obama aims to soothe KSA fears with Riyadh visit

American Association rejects “terror” allegations levelled at Uyghur refugees in Thailand

Kerry Announces Surprise Meeting with Abbas

US cuts Pakistan aid by $10 million to help Ukraine

Edward Snowden welcomes Obama’s plan for NSA reforms

 

Africa

African Union brands C. African Christian militia "terrorists"

Seven killed in restive central Nigeria: Police

BoG reviews banking act to include Islamic banking

Boko Haram Video Suggests Greater Destruction of Nigerian Prison

Trial of Qaddafi’s sons and senior aides to open on April 14

Kenya restricts Somali refugees to camps

 

South Asia

11 Taliban militants killed, 12 others detained in Afghan operations

Bomb-Making Materials Seized at Jamaal-e-Islami’s Office

PM Sheikh Hasina urges unity against anti-liberation forces

Foreign observers face hurdles in Afghanistan

Pakistani Taliban commander arrested in eastern Afghanistan

 

Arab World

Egypt’s President calls on Arab leaders to fight terrorism, extremism and illiteracy

700 Egypt Islamists on trial after mass death sentences

Doha dismisses Baghdad charge of funding ‘terror’

Iraq election chiefs quit as attacks kill 35

Urgent need to confront N-terrorism threats: UAE

Arab League states 'total rejection' of Jewish state recognition

Iraq Civil Society and U.S. Veterans Hold Hearing on Lasting Impacts of Iraq War

Syria rebels take control of Assad's village en route to Lazkiya

 

India

Islamic Seminary Darul Uloom Deoband Shuts Doors on All Politicians till Poll

Jamia Nagar, Batla House Terrorist Hub: BJP Campaign in Charge

Khurshid: Nuclear terrorism serious threat to global peace

Pak army stopped Nawaz Sharif govt from trade deal: India

Government waiting for Bangladesh’s response on northeast “transit” camps

 

Pakistan

CII opposes amendments in Child Marriage Restrains Bill 2014

ISI top gun to be taken for TTP talks

Interfaith discourse: Reconcile faith with modernity, says bishop

First round of peace talks with Taliban concludes: Extension in ceasefire agreed

Democracy taking roots in country: PM Nawaz Sharif 

Opposition to protest if troops sent to Syria: Shah

Balochistan governor lays emphasis on girls’ education

Jamaat-i-Islami chief stresses need for revisiting foreign policy

 

Southeast Asia

More Uighurs Face Forced Return to China from Thailand

Internet will be censored if I am PM again, says Dr Mahathir

Indonesian President Pulled Into Fight to Save Maid on Death Row

Anwar disagrees with Turkey’s move to ban Twitter

Anwar fails to have ‘homosexual tendencies’ remark removed from judgment

 

Mideast

Ankara court grants stay of execution for government's Twitter ban

Jerusalem of Gold Inspires Islamic Jihad

Israeli bulldozers demolishes Palestinian building in East Jerusalem

Abbas: Israel Trying to Get Out of Releasing Terrorists

Hamas, Iran Reportedly Renew Alliance; Terror Chief Meshaal to Meet Ayatollah Khamenei

Israel’s Identity as Jewish State at Heart of Mideast Conflict

Survey: Majority of Israeli youth consider themselves Zionist

Bennett: Abbas is a more extreme version of the 1999 model of Assad

 

Australia

Aussies climbing the jihad pyramid

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Europe

 

Not All Muslims Happy Over UK's Sharia Acceptance

March 26, 2014

In the wake of a decision by Britain to accept the rulings of Islamic Sharia law in matters of inheritance, Arutz Sheva spoke with Ari Soffer, the Managing Editor of Arutz Sheva English and a former resident of London who is familiar with the on-the-ground political situation in the United Kingdom.

According to Soffer, not all British Muslims support the “creeping Islamisation” that the UK has been undergoing, in which Islamic law takes its place among the laws of the land. That process is being pushed by Muslim organizations in Britain, but a large number of Muslims in the country would prefer to keep such laws as a private matter between themselves.

UK law already has provisions for the implementation of Sharia law on an individual basis, with decisions handed down by Islamic courts enforced in the country's courts. Thus, the only purpose for the legislation, he said, was for Islamist radicals to promote their agenda of installing Islamic law in the daily life of Britons.

Soffer added that the British government has only itself to blame for the situation. It was the government that promoted the idea of a “dialog” with what turned out to be a set of radical groups, convinced they were a positive alternative to Al Qaeda. There was a need to create such a dialog in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, it was felt.

The groups encouraged the government to see them as an “Islamic alternative” to Al Qaeda, even though theologically they had much in common. “This was the main reason the governments of Europe enhanced the status of these groups, and now their agenda is clear,” he said. However, he added, most Britons were puzzled at what to do about the situation. “They do not to deal with the new reality because they don't know how to,” he added.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/178861#.UzNG16hdUqM

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Hungarian envoy pays respects at Hezbollah monument as 'jihad tourist'

March 26, 2014

The Hungarian ambassador to Lebanon paid respects at a Hezbollah monument while on a "jihad tour."

The ambassador visited the site in south Lebanon and "expressed his admiration at Hezbollah's great achievement for Lebanon, at liberating the land and the people," Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV reported on February 28 according to a transcript provided by MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research Institute).

According to the website of the Mleeta Resistance Tourist Landmark-Lebanon, the site is a natural museum that seeks "to preserve the places where the Mujahideen lived, giving people the chance to be acquainted with the style of the unique experience of the Islamic resistance against the Israeli enemy."

The Mleeta site also contributes to the country's tourism, said the website.

The report also said that a delegation from the Egyptian Workers Union visited the Mleeta monument for jihadi tourism and expressed admiration for the Shi'ite organization's capabilities.

The delegation members showed their support for Hezbollah and that its victories are a source of pride for all Arabs, according to the Al-Manar report.

http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Hungarian-envoy-pays-respects-at-Hezbollah-monument-as-jihad-tourist-346325

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Law Society Criticised For Sharia Will Guidance

March 26, 2014

The Law Society has been criticised for its recent publication of guidance on the drafting of Sharia wills.

Charlie Klendjian, Secretary of the Lawyer’s Secular Society (LSS), said

“This is a very worrying move by the Law Society, and the LSS strongly condemns them for issuing this practice note.”

The Law Society was “legitimising and normalising” the use of Sharia law in wills, he said.

“The practice note is dangerous to the priceless notion of equality before the law for people of all faiths and none. It potentially paves the way, ultimately, for a change in the law so that different laws of intestacy (the situation where someone dies without making a will) are applied to Muslims, or those who are deemed to be Muslims.”

He added:

“The practice note states that ‘there are specific differences between  Sunni and Shia rules on succession. These differences are not covered in this practice note’. In time will the Law Society publish different guidance notes for different branches of Islam? The LSS calls on the Law Society to withdraw its shocking practice note without delay.”

But Law Society President Nicholas Fluck defended the move.

“We live in a diverse multi-faith, multi-cultural society. The Law Society responded to requests from its members for guidance on how to help clients asking for wills that distribute their assets in accordance with sharia practice. Our practice note focuses on how to do that, where it is allowed under English law.”

http://www.marilynstowe.co.uk/2014/03/26/law-society-criticised-for-sharia-will-guidance/

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Scientists must improve cooperation to stop nuclear terrorism, experts urge

March 26, 2014

THE HAGUE // Forensics examination techniques into how to investigate nuclear disasters need to be improved, experts told the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.

While methods of identifying those to blame for nuclear attacks are advanced, better cooperation between scientists of different disciplines is needed, said Ed van Zalen, the programme manager in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives at the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI).

“I think the biggest threat nowadays is one of mass destruction,” he said on Monday. “Forensic science is the technical ability to reconstruct events and identify perpetrators and terrorists. So there should be cooperation not only within nuclear science but also with forensics science.”

Although a dirty bomb – in which radioactive material is combined with conventional explosives – has never been used, Mr van Zalen said there was still a threat.

“Nobody thought 9/11 would happen and this is the same thing with nuclear material,” he said. “It’s the smuggling of plutonium, uranium and radiological elements, as we see that radiological materials are very useful to make dirty bombs.

“What we have seen in past decades is that since 1995 there have been huge developments in nuclear forensics in identifying nuclear materials, but no developments in forensic methods for identifying perpetrators.

“What we’ve seen in this period is that there is a need for this type of cooperation in such a way that the entire community is involved.”

Mr van Zalen was speaking at the launch of the Nuclear Security Summit 2014 Gift Basket, a project to support international forensic standards in the case of a nuclear security threat.

The programme, entitled Innovation Pathway 2014-2019, Forensics in Nuclear Security, aims to provide a platform for experts to exchange expertise, a compendium for nuclear forensics investigations and an education, training and exercise curriculum.

“The idea was approved by NSS members,” said Mr van Zalen. “We presented the paper at the Seoul summit in 2012 and the ideas related to this specific paper were about bringing nuclear science and forensic science together because they’re way apart from each other.”

The initiative has received interest from international organisations in more than 30 countries, including the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Interpol.

“There is a need for more development for forensics methods to investigate nuclear incidents,” said Mr van Zalen. “We want to compare results from one country to another, and the curriculum and training programme aims to to bring knowledge transfer from experts to policy-makers and responders. It’s now part of a masters in nuclear security at the Delft University of Technology and part of an IAEA programme.”

Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister, said that nuclear forensics were important as they helped to determine the origins of nuclear material. “The institute plays a prominent role and I expect it will produce a lot of good work in the coming years,” he said.

Governments in 24 countries, including the US, Australia, Algeria, Canada, France, and Japan, have expressed an interest in the initiative.

Although the UAE was not one of them, it works with the institute in a broader forensics role.

Tjark Tjin-A-Tsoi, the NFI’s chief executive, said such cooperative techniques could prevent a dirty-bomb attack.

“Often, [people] smuggle these materials into a certain country and you have to use forensic techniques to find the people behind the smuggling,” he said. “And smuggling is going on quite a bit.”

He said forensics had not previously been used for radiological material. “Because the field was focused on murders, you had laboratories working on nuclear material with no traditional forensics so we’re trying to merge both fields, using the techniques from one and the other,” he said. “These types of incidents are always international and everybody has the same risks.”

cmalek@thenational.ae

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/scientists-must-improve-cooperation-to-stop-nuclear-terrorism-experts-urge#ixzz2x7D0nY00

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UN calls on Turkey to stop blocking Twitter

 March 26, 2014

The United Nations on Tuesday called on Turkey to stop blocking Twitter, saying Ankara could be breaching its international rights obligations by banning the social networking site.

"We are concerned that the blocking of access to Twitter on the 20th of March by the telecommunications agency may be incompatible with Turkey's international human rights obligations," said Rupert Coville, spokesman for the UN high commissioner for human rights.

"The same rights that people have offline must also be protected online. So we would urge the authorities to rescind the blocking of Twitter," Colville told reporters.

Turkey's telecommunications authority blocked access to the US social network last week under orders from Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after opposition members used it to post telephone recordings implicating him in a major corruption scandal.

Colville said that the UN's rights office had already sounded the alarm in February over Turkish legislation that enabled the Twitter ban.

Such measures fly in the face of freedom of expression and right to privacy, he said Tuesday.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/97514/World/Region/UN-calls-on-Turkey-to-stop-blocking-Twitter-.aspx

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North America

 

US Hiding Report on Radical Saudi School Textbooks

March 26, 2014

US President Barack Obama stands poised to visit Saudi Arabia later in the month, to discuss "countering violent extremism" among other things. However, a report has revealed the US has kept secret an extensive study of Saudi textbooks, traditionally rife with Islamic extremism, since the end of 2012 - casting doubts over the seriousness of the administration to tackle the root causes of Islamic extremism.

The study, commissioned in a reported $500,000 State Department contract in 2011, was the most comprehensive ever commissioned. Completed in late 2012, the findings with their implications on radical indoctrination and anti-Semitism have been kept hidden from the public.

However, a new report published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington-based think-tank, quoting sources familiar with the hidden study, notes Saudi textbooks still “create a climate that fosters exclusivity, intolerance, and calls to violence that put religious and ethnic minorities at risk.”

Full report at:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/178895#.UzNgy6hdUqM

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Obama aims to soothe KSA fears with Riyadh visit

March 26, 2014

WASHINGTON/RIYADH: US President Barack Obama will seek to ease Saudi concerns that he is neglecting an old ally when he visits Riyadh on Friday, months after top Saudis objected to what they saw as a growing rapprochement between Washington and Iran.

Rifts over Middle East policy came to a head last year when Washington worked with other powers to ease sanctions on Iran in exchange for concessions on its disputed nuclear programme, and backed away from air strikes on Tehran’s ally Syria.

President Obama, on his first trip to the world’s top oil producer since 2009, is expected to try to clear the air after the rare public spat, and to find common ground on Syria’s civil war and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, said officials.

“He wouldn’t be going to Saudi Arabia, he wouldn’t be seeing the king, if he didn’t feel the need to reassure them so that they don’t go off on tangents that will in effect... not only not be productive but could be destructive,” said Dennis Ross, Obama’s former top Middle East adviser.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/international/26-Mar-2014/obama-aims-to-soothe-ksa-fears-with-riyadh-visit

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Kerry Announces Surprise Meeting with Abbas

March 26, 2014

The latest impasse in the talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) is enough to cause U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to interrupt a visit to Italy to meet with PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan.

Kerry's surprise trip to Amman, which will take place on Wednesday, aims "to continue to narrow the gaps between the parties", State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Tuesday, according to AFP.

Kerry will also be in touch with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu "over the phone or by video conference", Psaki added, in what is seen as an acknowledgement by the Americans that talks have hit a snag.

Kerry coaxed the two sides back to the negotiating table in July after a three-year hiatus, but the talks have stumbled as he has sought to hammer out an agreed framework to guide the next few months.

Full report at:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/178908#.UzNaj6hdUqM

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US cuts Pakistan aid by $10 million to help Ukraine

PTI | Mar 26, 2014

WASHINGTON: A key congressional committee passed a legislation of new financial assistance to Ukraine, by reducing a small portion of US aid given to Pakistan under the Kerry-Lugar-Berman bill.

The $10 million taken from the annual $1.5 billion to Pakistan would be used to carry out programming in the Ukrainian, Balkan, Russian, and Tatar language services of radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty and Voice of America, the house bill said.

The legislation — HR 4278, the Ukraine Support Act — was passed on Tuesday by an overwhelming bipartisan support by the powerful house foreign affairs committee.

Introduced last week by the committee chairman Ed Royce and ranking member Eliot Engel, it promotes Ukraine's sovereignty and democratic institutions while sanctioning those who have sought to undermine its independence and stability.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-cuts-Pakistan-aid-by-10-million-to-help-Ukraine/articleshow/32710680.cms

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Edward Snowden welcomes Obama’s plan for NSA reforms

AFP | Mar 26, 2014

WASHINGTON: Fugitive former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden on Tuesday said that he sees a "turning point" in the surveillance reform plans unveiled by the White House and Congress.

Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked documents which provided details of vast US surveillance programs, gave a guarded welcome to a proposal from President Barack Obama to end bulk collection of telephone data.

"I believed that if the NSA's unconstitutional mass surveillance of Americans was known, it would not survive the scrutiny of the courts, the Congress, and the people," Snowden said in a statement released through the American Civil Liberties Union, which is coordinating his legal representation.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Edward-Snowden-welcomes-Obamas-plan-for-NSA-reforms/articleshow/32707917.cms

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Africa

 

African Union brands C. African Christian militia "terrorists"

World Bulletin/News Desk

March 26, 2014

The African Union on Tuesday branded militia targeting Muslims in Central African Republic as "terrorists" and said they would be treated as enemy combatants, a day after a Congolese peacekeeper was killed.

The statement suggested deepening international frustration at continuing violence in the impoverished and landlocked country despite the deployment of 2,000 French soldiers and a 6,000-strong African Union peacekeeping mission.

The AU said a peacekeeper from Republic of Congo was killed in fighting late on Monday in Boali, 80 km (50 miles) north of Bangui. AU troops killed 12 militiamen in subsequent clashes, the statement said.

The incident is the latest in a wave of attacks on the AU peacekeepers, known as MISCA, by the 'anti-balaka' militia now roaming much of the capital and the rest of the former French colony, a sparsely populated nation of 4.5 million people.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/132040/au-brands-cafrican-christian-militia-terrorists

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Seven killed in restive central Nigeria: Police

 March 26, 2014

Renewed violence between herdsmen and farmers in central Nigeria has killed seven, police said on Wednesday, just days after a previous attack that claimed 13 lives.

"We recovered seven bodies following the attack on Agena village yesterday (Tuesday)," Benue state spokesman Daniel Ezeala told AFP by telephone.

"It was the usual attack by Fulani herdsmen on Tiv farming communities in the state," he said, adding that the police had quelled the violence.

Central Nigeria, where the mainly Christian south meets the largely Muslim north, has been plagued by communal violence for many years. The Tiv are Christian and the Fulani are Muslim.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/97580/World/International/Seven-killed-in-restive-central-Nigeria-Police.aspx

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BoG reviews banking act to include Islamic banking

March 26, 2014

The Banking Act is being reviewed to incorporate the concept and governance of Islamic Banking and Finance in the country.

This is to pave the way for the establishment of such banks in the country by the end of the year to end the perennnial complaints of high interest charges by the conventional bank by creditors.

Presently, two applications for the establishment of Islamic banks in Ghana are pending before the Central Bank awaiting approval to kick start what will see a different dimension of banking and finance in the 57-year history of the country.

Full report at:

http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/NewsArchive/artikel.php?ID=304277

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Boko Haram Video Suggests Greater Destruction of Nigerian Prison

March 26, 2014

ABUJA — Nigerian militant group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for an attack on a prison in the northern city Maiduguri earlier this month. This comes amid reports that the death toll and the destruction from the attack was far greater than originally reported.

In a video sent to journalists Monday, a rag-tag but sizeable looking force attacks a wall. The men carry rifles and machine guns, some of which are mounted on cars.  Some of the attackers wear fatigues, others trench coats. Cars burn and hundreds of people jog towards the cameras.

In an accompanying video, Abubakar Shekau, the man who claims to lead Boko Haram, says it was his men who attacked Giwa Barracks prison in Maiduguri on March 14.

On that day, Nigeria's military said the attack was "foiled." But since then reports of heavy casualties among fleeing prisoners have surfaced. A doctor and an environmental workersaid more than 400 bodies had been buried in three mass graves.

Full report at:

http://www.voanews.com/content/boko-haram-video-suggests-greater-destruction-of-nigerian-prison/1878815.html

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Trial of Qaddafi’s sons and senior aides to open on April 14

March 26, 2014

TRIPOLI // The trial of two sons and dozens of top aides of toppled Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi is to open on April 14, a prosecution official said in a surprise announcement Monday.

Seif Al Islam Qaddafi, Saadi Qaddafi and former spy chief Abdullah Senussi are among more than 30 officials from the ousted regime who are to stand trial on charges ranging from murder to embezzlement.

Former premiers Al Baghdadi Al Mahmudi and Bouzid Dorda are also among those going on trial from April 14, Seddik Al Sour, spokesman for the state prosecutor’s office, told a news conference.

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/trial-of-qaddafis-sons-and-senior-aides-to-open-on-april-14#ixzz2x7CmzQg6

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Kenya restricts Somali refugees to camps

Mar 26, 2014

Kenya has ordered all urban-based Somali refugees to move into designated camps in a bid to end attacks by militant Islamists.

Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku said the directive had been issued because of the "emergency security challenges" facing Kenya.

A refugee group condemned the decision as illegal.

Somalia's al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab group has carried out a spate of attacks in Kenya in recent years.

It was behind the four-day siege at the Westgate shopping centre in Nairobi in September in which 67 people died.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-26748570

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South Asia

 

11 Taliban militants killed, 12 others detained in Afghan operations

Mar 26 2014

At least 11 Taliban militants were killed during military operations by Afghan national security forces in various provinces of Afghanistan during the past 24 hours.

The operations were conducted in Nangarhar, Badakhshan, Balkh, Maidan Wardak, Logar, Ghazni, Paktiya, Herat and Helmand provinces of Afghanistan.

Afghan national police forces conducted the operations in cooperation with the Afghan army and Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) operatives.

Interior ministry of Afghanistan following a statement said Wednesday that 11 Taliban militants were killed during the military operations.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/11-taliban-militants-killed-12-others-detained-in-afghan-operations-3477

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Bomb-Making Materials Seized at Jamaal-e-Islami’s Office

March 26, 2014

Police have seized crude bomb-making materials at Jamaal-e-Islami’s Paltan office on Wednesday afternoon.

Morshed Alam, officer-in-charge of Paltan police station, told the Dhaka Tribune that acting on a tip-off, a team of the police station raided Jamaal’s Paltan office around 1pm.

Police recovered leaflets, posters, banner and activists’ list at the office, he added.

No leaders and activists of the party was present during the raid, said the OC.

http://www.dhakatribune.com/crime/2014/mar/26/bomb-making-materials-seized-jamaat-office#sthash.jAO3lsbw.dpuf

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PM Sheikh Hasina urges unity against anti-liberation forces

March 26, 2014

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged the people to reinforce the unity that they had shown against anti-liberation forces during the 10th parliamentary elections and save the nation from disaster.

“Like 1971, the nation resisted the terrorists and anti- liberation forces in the January 5 general elections, paving the ways for the country’s continuous development,” she said while distributing the “Swadhinata Puraskar” yesterday.

The premier said her government was striving to retrieve the spirit of the liberation war by building Bangladesh into a secular, democratic and peaceful country as well as attaining economic prosperity.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/2014/mar/26/pm-urges-unity-against-anti-liberation-forces#sthash.CUGQ1RLz.dpuf

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Foreign observers face hurdles in Afghanistan

2014-03-26

KABUL: When Afghans select their new president next month, it will largely be up to tens of thousands of Afghan poll watchers to catch signs of ballot box stuffing and other vote-rigging that tarnished Hamid Karzai’s re-election five years ago. The international observer mission is far smaller this time, and relentless violence has driven away many foreigners who signed up.

It is an example of how Afghan civilian institutions and the military are adjusting to a shrinking international footprint. The US and allied combat troops are preparing to withdraw by the end of this year despite a resilient Taliban insurgency, and Syria and other conflicts are increasingly competing with Afghanistan for aid money and attention.

Full report at:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1095690/foreign-observers-face-hurdles-in-afghanistan

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Pakistani Taliban commander arrested in eastern Afghanistan

Mar 26 2014

A Pakistani Taliban commander was arrested along with weapons and ammunition in eastern Nuristan province of Afghanistan.

The Afghan intelligence – National Directorate of Security (NDS) said Wednesday that the Pakistani Taliban commander Muftauddin (Mansoor) was arrested by intelligence operatives in Kamdish district.

NDS following a statement said the Pakistani Taliban leader was sent to Nuristan province to target presidential and provincial council elections in this province.

The statement further added that Muftauddin is originally a resident of Chitral district and he was deployed to Nuristan province from Nari district of Kunar province.

Full report at:

http://www.khaama.com/pakistani-taliban-commander-arrested-in-eastern-afghanistan-3479

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Arab World

 

Egypt’s President calls on Arab leaders to fight terrorism, extremism and illiteracy

March 26, 2014

In his speech Tuesday at the Arab League summit in Kuwait, Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour called on his Arab counterparts to join in the fight against terrorism.

Terrorism is "threatening the whole region," said Mansour, but he insisted that terrorist groups would only make their opponents "more determined to uproot them."

Mansour urged those attending the summit to reactivate the Arab Convention on the Suppression of Terrorism, an anti-terrorism pact signed in 1998 by 18 out of 22 members of the Arab League, but which has never been enforced.

Mansour suggested that a meeting be held before June with Arab justice ministers and interior ministers to gauge how much of the pact is currently being implemented.

The pact stipulates that signatories must not give shelter to terrorists, Mansour noted, which means that Arab states must hand over persons for whom Egypt has issued arrest warrants.

Many leaders of the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood have used Qatar as a refuge from an ongoing security crackdown on its members by Egyptian authorities.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/97547/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt%E2%80%99s-Pres-Mansour-calls-on-Arab-leaders-to-figh.aspx

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700 Egypt Islamists on trial after mass death sentences

 March 26, 2014

CAIRO – An Egyptian court that sentenced 529 people to death began the trial on Tuesday of another 700 more alleged  supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, including the leader of his Muslim Brotherhood movement.

Lawyers said they would demand the judge step down after he delivered the unprecedented death sentences on Monday in a court in the southern province of Minya after only two hearings.

Legal experts said the unprecedented sentences are likely to be overturned on appeal.

The rushed sentencings sparked an international outcry and sent a chill through opponents of the military-installed regime, which has placed more than 2,000 alleged Islamists on mass trials since the army overthrew Morsi in July.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140326199836

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Doha dismisses Baghdad charge of funding ‘terror’

March 26, 2014

KUWAIT: Qatar signaled its irritation on Tuesday with Iraq’s accusation that it backed insurgents fighting Baghdad’s rule, saying it was not appropriate for countries which failed to preserve national unity to accuse other Arab states of supporting “terrorism.”

The comments by Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani were the first official Qatari reaction after Iraq’s Shiite Prime Minister, Nuri Al-Maliki, this month accused Doha and Riyadh of funding insurgency.

Without naming Al-Maliki, Tamim criticized what he said were attempts to sideline entire segments of that Arab nation, a reference to Iraq’s Sunni Arab minority. His criticism of Iraq’s government follow recent comments by Al-Maliki in which he accused Qatar of supporting militants in Iraq.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/546016

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Iraq election chiefs quit as attacks kill 35

March 26, 2014

The board of Iraq's electoral commission resigned en masse on Tuesday in protest at political and judicial "interference", throwing a general election due next month into disarray.

The sudden decision comes with doubts already swirling over whether the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) could organise polling nationwide on April 30 with anti-government fighters in control of a city on Baghdad's doorstep.

Much is at stake in the election, as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki bids for a third term with his security credentials thrown into question by a surge in violence to levels not seen since 2008, with 35 more people killed on Tuesday.

The nine-member IHEC board handed in its resignation in protest at what it said were conflicting rulings from parliament and the judiciary on the barring of would-be candidates for the election.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/97545/World/Region/Iraq-election-chiefs-quit-as-attacks-kill-.aspx

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Urgent need to confront N-terrorism threats: UAE

(Wam, Reuters) / 26 March 2014

Speaking at Nuclear Security Summit 2014, Gen Shaikh Mohammed emphasised the importance of international meetings on nuclear security.

Terrorism in general, and nuclear terrorism in particular, represent the most important challenges facing the world today, General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, said here on Tuesday. “Our diligent action is required to ward off all forms of this threat,” he said.

Speaking at Nuclear Security Summit 2014, Gen Shaikh Mohammed emphasised the importance of international meetings on nuclear security in order to consider relevant measures and in order for the members and institutions of the international community to exchange views on the best ways to create a world ruled by security and stability.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/government/2014/March/government_March97.xml&section=government

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Arab League states 'total rejection' of Jewish state recognition

March 26, 2014

The Arab League announced on Wednesday a full backing of a Palestinian refusal to meet Israel's demand to be recognized as a Jewish state, a condition Jerusalem says it required for peace.

"We express our total rejection of the call to consider Israel as a Jewish state," read a statement from the final day of the Arab summit in Kuwait.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has reiterated the call for the Palestinians to recognize the Jewish character of Israel as a requirement for a peace agreement.

On Tuesday Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas addressed the Arab heads, reiterating his refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state and said that the Palestinians want an independent state on "all the territories that were occupied in 1967."

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Arab-League-states-total-rejection-of-Jewish-state-recognition-346543

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Iraq Civil Society Leaders and U.S. Veterans Hold Hearing on Lasting Impacts of Iraq War

March 26, 2014

WASHINGTON - March 25 - Washington, DC – On Wednesday, March 26, U.S. veterans, Iraqi human rights organizations and their allies will hold a people’s hearing to present their testimony on the ongoing health crisis caused by toxic munitions and burn pits used by the U.S. military during the occupation of Iraq; sexual violence in the U.S. military and the destructive effects of multiple deployments on veterans; and the U.S. government’s role in sectarian violence in Iraq. The hearing is part of the Right to Heal campaign, a joint effort by U.S. veterans and Iraqi civilians to hold U.S. government officials accountable for the human cost of the war and demand reparations for affected communities.

WHAT: People's Hearing on the Lasting Impact of the Iraq War. Moderated by Phil Donahue.

WHO:

Yanar Mohammed is president and co-founder of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq (OWFI).

Full report at:

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/03/25-3

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Syria rebels take control of Assad's village en route to Lazkiya

World Bulletin / News Desk

March 26, 2014

Opposition rebels in Syria captured a village on the Mediterranean coast for the first time and battled to hold territory abutting the nearby Turkish border taken from President Bashar al-Assad's forces, activists said on Tuesday.

Video footage showed six fighters holding the black banner of the Ansar al-Sham brigade on a rocky beach, a symbolic rebel victory in the coastal province of Latakia, that has been an Assad stronghold throughout three years of conflict.

"This is the first area of coast in Syria to be liberated," said an activist who used the name Abu Bakr, referring to the beach and nearby village of Samra.

As they march along the Mediterranean coast southwards, rebels have been battling to take control of Bashar al-Assad's home village Qardaha.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/132046/syria-rebels-take-control-of-assads-village-en-route-to-lazkiya

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India

 

Islamic Seminary Darul Uloom Deoband Shuts Doors on All Politicians till Poll

Pervez Iqbal Siddiqui, TNN | Mar 26, 2014

LUCKNOW: Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband has banned all political talk on campus by any party leader till the end of the Lok Sabha elections. No political leader is welcome at the Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband (DuD) during this period. It is the first time such restrictions have been imposed by one of the world's most famous Islamic seminary which has been visited by political stalwarts eying Muslim votes.

The institute's managing committee has issued orders to one and all on the campus, including the students, the faculty and the administration, not to interact with any politician who visits the campus till the elections process concludes. Though DuD has always refrained from endorsing any political party or leader in elections, politicians publicise their visits to claim proximity with the institute and the community, especially during the election season.

Muhtamim (rector) of DuD Maulana Abdul Qasim Nomani Banarsi said the decision was taken to rule out possibility of DuD's name being (mis)used by political parties for electoral gains. On several occasions in the past, politicians who visited the campus to seek blessings of senior clerics requesting them to pray for their victory. They would go out and claim that DuD had assured support to them or their party. This had led to confusion among community members, said a very senior functionary of DuD.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/specials/lok-sabha-elections-2014/news/Darul-Uloom-shuts-doors-on-all-politicians-till-poll/articleshow/32690320.cms?

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Jamia Nagar, Batla House Terrorist Hub: BJP Campaign in Charge

TNN | Mar 26, 2014

NEW DELHI: At a time when politicians are sympathizing with the Muslims residing in Okhla and adjoining areas for the recent arrest of three youths from Abul Fazal Enclave, BJP's veteran leader and in-charge of campaign committee, V K Malhotra, called Jamia Nagar and Batla House a hub of terrorists. "Jamia Nagar and Batla House in Delhi have become hub of terrorists. Delhi Police finds it difficult to enter these areas," he said.

The youths, arrested on the suspicion that they had links with IM operatives held in Rajasthan, had been released on the same day following protests by the residents.

On Monday, Kapil Sibal, in response to a question on the detention of the youths, had said, he was "sad" and "worried" at the development.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Jamia-Nagar-Batla-House-terrorist-hub-V-K-Malhotra/articleshow/32685459.cms

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Khurshid: Nuclear terrorism serious threat to global peace

Express News Service | New Delhi | March 26, 2014

India Tuesday said that nuclear terrorism and clandestine proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, including attempts by “non-state actors”, pose a serious threat to global peace and any breach in nuclear security could undermine public confidence in atomic energy.

“We should together deny terrorists what they seek and eliminate the risks of sensitive materials and technologies falling into their hands,” External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said while addressing the Nuclear Security Summit at The Hague.

“The focus on non-state actors should in no way diminish state accountability in combating terrorism, dismantling its support structures or its linkages with weapons of mass destruction,” he said. “All states must strictly abide by the international commitments that they have undertaken.”

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/khurshid-nuclear-terrorism-serious-threat-to-global-peace/

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Pak army stopped Nawaz Sharif govt from trade deal: India

Sachin Parashar,TNN | Mar 26, 2014

NEW DELHI: UPA-2 will perhaps best be remembered for a series of financial scams and the so-called policy paralysis but as it prepares to sign off, it is now hobbled by its Pakistan policy.

Stung by what India sees as Pakistan's refusal to allow any concession to the outgoing government for normalizing trade relations, senior government sources here told TOI Islamabad's policy over the issue was being dictated by Pakistan's military establishment. They said the upcoming elections are now certain to mark the termination of the idea that trade can lead to peaceful relations between the two countries.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-army-stopped-Nawaz-Sharif-govt-from-trade-deal-India/articleshow/32699101.cms

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Government waiting for Bangladesh’s response on northeast “transit” camps

IBOYAIMA LAITHANGBAM

Mar 26, 2014

The Indian government is keenly waiting for positive follow-up actions from its Bangladesh counterpart on rooting out the 66 “transit camps” of the militant groups in the northeast region. A detailed list of the camps and militant groups occupying them had been furnished by S.K. Srivastava, Inspector General of Border Security Force (Assam Frontier), on March 9 at Shillong, during the three-day bi-annual coordination meeting with Brigadier General Habirbul Karim — leader of the Border Guard Bangladesh team.

The Indian government has been maintaining that there were 198 militant-organisation sanctuaries in Bangladesh’s northeast region. Indian intelligence agencies have not agreed with the oversimplification of the Bangladesh government that all northeast militant camps had been closed down. 

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/government-waiting-for-bangladeshs-response-on-northeast-transit-camps/article5834138.ece

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Pakistan

 

CII opposes amendments in Child Marriage Restrains Bill 2014

March 26, 2014

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Council of Islamic Ideology Moulana Muhammad Khan Sherani on Tuesday strongly opposed the proposed amendments in Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill 2014 saying that it is contrary to Islamic teachings and laws.

Criticizing the bill moved by Ms Marvi Memon seeking to amend the Child Marriage Restraint Act ,1929 "The Child Marriage Restraint Amendment bill 2014" in National Assembly Moulana Sherani said that according to Islamic laws the marriage can be solemnised when a girl attains puberty.

Full report at:

http://www.brecorder.com/pakistan/politics-a-policy/164282-moulana-sherani-opposes-amendments-in-child-marriage-restrains-bill-2014.html

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ISI top gun to be taken for TTP talks

 March 26, 2014

LAHORE - A senior member of the country’s premier security service will take part in government’s first direct contact with the Taliban, while the government’s peace committee has the mandate to negotiate the release of prisoners in TTP captivity in return for low profile militant detainees, The Nation has learnt.

Well-placed sources, privy to the developments concerning the first direct meeting which is expected in a couple of days, told this correspondent on Tuesday that a senior member of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) would participate in the meeting with Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Shura members.

They said that the TTP leadership had insisted that direct participation of ISI in the dialogue process was necessary for a durable peace deal. They further said that TTP team had conveyed their strong wish to the government through their emissaries to send a senior member of the country’s top secret service along with the largely bureaucratic government peace team.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/26-Mar-2014/isi-top-gun-to-be-taken-for-ttp-talks

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Interfaith discourse: Reconcile faith with modernity, says bishop

 March 26, 2014

LAHORE: “Religion, in a social setting, can and does go wrong…but that is because there are a lot of things about people that can and do go wrong,” Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali said in his lecture at Forman Christian College on Tuesday.

The lecture on Christian and Muslim Views on the Social Dimension of Religion was delivered to a large audience at the S-9 auditorium at FC College.

Formerly the Lord Bishop of Rochester in the Church of England, Bishop Nazir-Ali is now director at the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue. This was his second visit to FC College.

Nazir-Ali shared anecdotes from his time in Bosnia during the civil war, when he volunteered to carry out relief work under the Christian Aid.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/687291/interfaith-discourse-reconcile-faith-with-modernity-says-bishop/

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First round of peace talks with Taliban concludes: Extension in ceasefire agreed

March 26, 2014

ISLAMABAD- The first round of direct peace talks between the government and Taliban teams concluded at a secret location in North Waziristan tribal region today.

The sides agreed over extension in cease-fire, sources said. The two teams also considered to fix a time-frame for the dialogue. The two sides in the talks at a secret place also sought guarantors for the commitments made in the peace talks. According to sources, Taliban team demanded the government for avoiding military operation in the affected areas. They also urged for setting a time-frame for release of the prisoners. The government committee comprises of Pakistan's former ambassador Rustam Shah Mohmand, additional Chief Secretary FATA Arbab Arif, Secretary Ports and Shipping Habibullah Khattak and additional Secretary to Prime Minister Fawad Hasan Fawad.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/26-Mar-2014/first-round-of-peace-talks-with-taliban-concludes-extension-in-ceasefire-agreed

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Democracy taking roots in country: PM Nawaz Sharif 

March 26, 2014

London- Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said, continuity of democratic system has enhanced Pakistan's stature in the community of nations.

Talking to journalists on his arrival in London after attending international Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, he said democracy is taking roots in the country. The Prime Minister said economic indicators are getting better day by day and the overall economic situation has improved since his party came into power. Nawaz Sharif said, foreign investment has started coming in and Pakistan's rupee is gaining strength against dollar. He hoped that the load-shedding issue would gradually be resolved.The Prime Minister said, some twenty one thousand megawatt electricity would be added to the national grid during the next seven to eight years. Muhammad Nawaz Sharif said, the government has initiated a dialogue process with Taliban to bring lasting peace and economic stability in the country. He hoped the peace talks would bear fruits soon as there are sign of progress.

http://www.nation.com.pk/national/26-Mar-2014/democracy-taking-roots-in-country-pm

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Opposition to protest if troops sent to Syria: Shah

March 26, 2014

ISLAMABAD - The parliamentary opposition parties on Tuesday expressed serious concern over the government’s possible move of sending directly or indirectly troops to Syria.

“Opposition parties will strongly protest if the government intends to move army officers directly or indirectly to Syria or any other country,” warned Leader of Opposition in NA Syed Khursheed Shah, chairing the opposition parties meeting. The lawmakers from PPP, ANP and PML-Q attended the meeting.

Giving the reference of the reports, the opposition leader said that the incumbent government was considering to send retired army officers to Syria. The opposition will strongly oppose this possible move, he added.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/islamabad/26-Mar-2014/opposition-to-protest-if-troops-sent-to-syria-shah

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Balochistan governor lays emphasis on girls’ education

2014-03-26

QUETTA: Balochistan Governor Mohammad Khan Achakzai said on Tuesday that no society could progress without giving quality education to the youth, especially girls.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the Tameer-i-Nau Trust’s girls high school here, he said there should be great focus on girls’ education. “Providing education to a girl is like educating a generation,” he added.

The governor said the Tameer-i-Nau Trust had established many best educational institutions and students produced by these institutions were playing very positive role in different sectors of the country.

Full report at:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1095599/balochistan-governor-lays-emphasis-on-girls-education

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Jamaat-i-Islami chief stresses need for revisiting foreign policy

2014-03-26

KARACHI: Jamaat-i-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan has stressed the need for revisiting the country’s foreign policy and said that the success of talks between the government and the leadership of Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan was linked to an independent foreign policy.

Speaking at a ‘Meet the Press programme’ of the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday, he said the government, army and most probably the Taliban were on the same page, which was definitely a good sign for the country’s future.

Terming the talks the only option for restoring peace in the country, he cited examples of deliberations between the Sri Lankan government and Tamil Tigers, the British government and Irish Republican Army and the peaceful struggle of Nelson Mandela.

He said a “military operation is tantamount to push the future of the country into darkness because history is evident that such operations had produced devastating consequences for the country”.

Full report at:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1095600/ji-chief-stresses-need-for-revisiting-foreign-policy

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Southeast Asia

 

More Uighurs Face Forced Return to China from Thailand

March 26, 2014

(New York) – The government of Thailand should ensure that 112 newly detained people believed to be ethnic Uighurs are not forcibly returned to China, Human Rights Watch said today. Thai authorities detained the group in Sa Kaew province near the Thai-Cambodia border and brought them to the central Immigration Detention Center in Bangkok. A senior Thai Immigration Bureau official said that Chinese officials with access to the group identified at least 30 as Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim and Turkic minority that originates from western China.

“Past cases have shown that Uighurs returned to China are always at risk of persecution,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “Thailand needs to act quickly to ensure that these people are protected and not sent into harm’s way.”

Uighurs forcibly returned to China typically face severe persecution, including the threat of arrest and torture. Members of the group should be allowed unhindered access to officials of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the right to seek asylum and undergo refugee status determination.

Full report at:

http://www.hrw.org/news/2014/03/21/thailand-more-uighurs-face-forced-return-china

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Internet will be censored if I am PM again, says Dr Mahathir

March 26, 2014

Malaysia's longest serving prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) said today he would introduce internet censorship if he was chosen to lead the country again.

Dr Mahathir expressed his regrets that he made a promise not to censor the Internet during his 22-year tenure as Malaysia's PM.

"If I was appointed as the premier again, the first thing I will do is censor the internet," he said.

"The time has come for us to filter the internet," Dr Mahathir said when delivering the closing speech at the Senior Police Officer's College in Cheras today.

His remarks could have been prompted by the growing attacks on the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN), especially its lynchpin Umno in recent years through various media platforms on the net.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/internet-will-be-censored-if-i-am-pm-again-says-dr-mahathir

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Indonesian President Pulled Into Fight to Save Maid on Death Row

March 26, 2014

Jakarta. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said he would attempt to delay the execution of a Central Java woman on death row in Saudi Arabia but issued a stern reminder to the Indonesian people: not all migrant workers jailed abroad are innocent.

“Our people have difficultly differentiating between migrant workers who have problems abroad because of their own mistakes and those who don’t,” the president said. “For instance, those who are not given their rights or those who are tortured… we will help them and push for justice — just like in that latest case in Hong Kong. [But many of] those who are sentenced to death are [found guilty] of murder, of murder during a robbery and of serious drug violations.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/indonesian-president-pulled-fight-save-death-row-maid/

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Anwar disagrees with Turkey’s move to ban Twitter

March 26, 2014

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has disagreed with Turkey's move to ban the microblogging site Twitter, despite being a close friend of the Turkish prime minister.

"I have difficulty in defending the decision despite his compelling arguments," he said, referring to Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's move to declare war on Twitter.

"But as a matter of principle, I do not support this move to curb freedom of expression," he said at a press conference at parliament today.

Erdogan repeatedly said he would “eradicate” the site.

“I don’t care what the international community says. Everyone will witness the power of the Turkish Republic,” he was quoted as saying on March 20.

Despite the ban, Turkish Twitter users, numbering some ten million, had tried alternative ways to access the site.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/anwar-disagrees-with-turkeys-move-to-ban-twitter

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Anwar fails to have ‘homosexual tendencies’ remark removed from judgment

March 26, 2014

PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) today failed in his attempt to expunge a remark in a Federal Court judgment that implied he has homosexual tendencies.

A five-member Federal Court panel, chaired by Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinuddin, unanimously dismissed Anwar's review application to have the remark removed from the majority judgment delivered nine years ago by the then Federal Court judge Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/anwar-fails-to-have-homosexual-tendencies-remark-removed-from-judgment-bern

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Mideast

 

Ankara court grants stay of execution for government's Twitter ban

March 26, 2014

An Ankara administrative court has issued a stay of execution on an executive decision adopted by Turkey’s telecommunication’s authority (TİB) to block access to Twitter, as the ban entered its sixth day on March 26.

The government had blocked access to the social media network late March 21, hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan vowed “to wipe out Twitter,” sparking global outcry.

A number of complaints were filed to courts last week to revoke the ban following the controversial move. The Union of Turkish Bar Associations (TBB), the Ankara Bar Associations, and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Deputy Parliamentary Group Chair Oktay Vural were among those applying to the administrative court to invalidate the ban.

The TİB has a right to object to the ruling, but access should be reopened before a second decision is made, legal experts consulted by daily Hürriyet said.

Full report at:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ankara-court-grants-stay-of-execution-for-governments-twitter-ban.aspx?pageID=238&nID=64121&NewsCatID=339

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Jerusalem of Gold Inspires Islamic Jihad

March 26, 2014

Islamic Jihad leader motivates religious leaders in Tehran by singing a famous Jerusalem song in Hebrew. He claims that in order to conquer Israel, Muslims must love Jerusalem like the Jews.

In March 2014 close to 100 rockets were fired into southern Israel by a cabal of terrorist groups led by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Ramadan Shalah has headed the Palestinian Islamic Jihad for almost 20 years. He is wanted by the FBI for bombings, murders, extortions, and money laundering. An American court has indicted him on 53 counts of terrorism.

The last thing you would expect from an Islamic Jihad terrorist would be a rendition of Naomi Shemer’s Jerusalem of Gold before hundreds of Mullahs in the capital of Iran.

According to Israel’s Army Radio, Shalah quoted the famed Jerusalem song in Arabic and Hebrew: “Jerusalem of gold. Jerusalem of Bronze. Jerusalem of light.”

“For Jerusalem to be ours, the Muslims must love it as the Jews do. Unfortunately, many Muslims do not see just how important Jerusalem is to Islam and to our culture,” laments Shalah.

Full report at:

http://unitedwithisrael.org/jerusalem-of-gold-inspires-islamic-jihad/

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Israeli bulldozers demolishes Palestinian building in East Jerusalem

World Bulletin / News Desk

March 26, 2014

Israeli bulldozers early on Wednesday demolished a two-story building owned by a Palestinian man in the Al-Tour neighborhood east of the Old City of Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem).

The building's owner, Ghadeer Abu Ghaliyeh, said that a large Israeli force had surrounded the building in the early hours of the morning before bulldozers proceeded to raze it.

"The bulldozers demolished the building – which houses a mosque, a health center and two apartments sheltering 11 people – without any prior warning," Abu Ghaliyeh told Anadolu Agency.

"The building was built three years ago on an area of ​​700 square meters," he said.

"I have spent 18 years trying to get a building permit, but the Israeli authorities have consistently denied it," he added.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/132058/israel-demolishes-palestinian-building-in-east-jerusalem

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Abbas: Israel Trying to Get Out of Releasing Terrorists

March 26, 2014

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas launched a tirade against Israel on Tuesday, accusing the Jewish state of being responsible for the peace talks not progressing.

Speaking at the Arab League summit in Kuwait, Abbas also accused the Israeli government of trying to get out of releasing the fourth batch of terrorists that it agreed to release as a “gesture” to Abbas.

“The Israeli government is trying to dodge an agreement it had with the U.S. administration to release pre-Oslo Palestinian prisoners,” Abbas said, according to the Ma’an news agency.

“The Israeli government took every chance to foil the American efforts. This proves what we say about the lack of seriousness and preparedness of the Israeli government to withdraw and create peace,” he charged.

Full report at:

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/178906#.UzNakqhdUqM

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Hamas, Iran Reportedly Renew Alliance; Financial Support Resumes, Terror Chief Meshaal to Meet Ayatollah Khamenei

March 26, 2014

Hamas, the terror group ruling Gaza, has renewed its alliance with Tehran, after a two-year hiatus, when Cairo, under Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi, stepped up its strategic and financial backing, according to Middle East news site Al-Monitor on Tuesday.

Al-Monitor said Iranian financial support for Hamas has resumed, but at “a level lower than that which preceded the rupture between the two at the end of 2012.”

Citing a source close to Hamas’ political leadership, Al Monitor said Qatar, Hamas’s other backer, helped broker peace with Iran, with Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid al-Attiyah visiting Tehran last month for that purpose. Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal is now expected to visit Tehran to meet Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to formally seal their resumed friendship.

Full report at:

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/03/25/hamas-iran-reportedly-renew-alliance-financial-support-resumes-hamass-meshaal-to-meet-ayatollah-khamenei/

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Israel’s Identity as Jewish State at Heart of Mideast Conflict

March 26, 2014

JNS.org – Ah, the devious Benjamin Netanyahu! Just when we are on the cusp of a breakthrough in Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations, Israel’s slippery prime minister introduces a potential deal-breaker, in the form of insisting that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

That, in essence, is the narrative that has emerged over the past fortnight, as shaped by the tiresome pundits who spend their days forensically examining Netanyahu’s statements and actions. Writing in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Hussein Ibish, a faux moderate working for the American Task Force on Palestine, described the “Jewish state” negotiating theme as a “new demand” deliberately engineered to undermine what he termed “the greatest of Palestinian concessions, their 1993 recognition of the State of Israel.” Also in Haaretz, Peter Beinart, a professional Jewish critic of Israel, opined— without offering a scintilla of evidence—that what Netanyahu really wants is a Jewish state that rides roughshod over its non-Jewish minorities, so as to ensure that “Jewish political power trumps pretty much everything else.”

Full report at:

http://www.algemeiner.com/2014/03/24/israels-identity-as-jewish-state-at-heart-of-mideast-conflict/

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Survey: Majority of Israeli youth consider themselves Zionist

March 26, 2014

A majority of youths, some 70 percent, say they consider themselves Zionists, according to a survey released at the 33rd National Youth Zionist Congress.

Education Minister Shai Piron presented the findings at the congress, organized by the Zionist Council in Israel and the World Zionist Organization, which took place in Gush Etzion on Monday and Tuesday.

“One of our problems is the contempt and archaism of the word ‘Zionism.’ If you are not connected to this place, if you did not come from the younger generation of tradition, you are likely to forget that you are a Zionist,” said Piron.

The survey was initiated by the Zionist Council in Israel and aimed to examine the level of Zionism among youth in the country.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/National-News/Survey-Majority-of-Israeli-youth-consider-themselves-Zionist-346473

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Bennett: Abbas is a more extreme version of the 1999 model of Assad

March 26, 2014

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett  on Tuesday slammed the Arab League for refusing to recognize Israel as the Jewish state and compared Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to former Syrian president Hafez Assad.

During a tour of the Golan Heights by Bennett's Bayit Yehudi faction, the minister said, "The Arab League today returned to the the days of Khartoum, when they ruled out peace with us. Today they are denying our right to exist in a Jewish state."

Bennett's comments came after AFP reported Tuesday that the Arab League had decided at its summit in Kuwait that it categorically refuses to recognize Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The decision was an endorsement of the position of Abbas, and a refusal of one of the key demands of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in peace talks with the Palestinians.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Bennett-Abbas-is-a-more-extreme-version-of-the-1999-model-of-Bashar-Assad-346457

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Australia

 

Aussies climbing the jihad pyramid

March 26, 2014

A SYDNEY sheik accused of delivering incendiary lectures encouraging young men to join the Syrian jihad has appeared in an official video for banned terror group Jabhat al-Nusra.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/aussies-climbing-the-jihad-pyramid/story-e6frg8yo-1226863704079#

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