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Over A Month, Four ‘Terror’ Arrests in Indore for ‘Shouting Slogans’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India

Over A Month, Four ‘Terror’ Arrests in Indore for ‘Shouting Slogans’

India rebuts Zardari remarks, says Kashmiri people have peacefully chosen their destiny

India wants UN members to ensure zero tolerance towards terror

Pages of Quran found in Ghaziabad, police suspect mischief

SC cites 'My name is Khan' in a verdict in communal violence case

IPS officer assaults journalist, Omar promises action

‘Those attacking defenceless Sarpanches are cowards’, J& K CM

Omar blames militants for killing Panches

NIA registers fresh cases against IM, BKI, says got money from Pak, Gulf

As US pullout nears, India eyes bigger role in Afghanistan

Army foils infiltration bid along LoC

Let a new dawn emerge: President Pranab in Kashmir

Sohrabuddin case: SC upholds Amit Shah's bail plea

120 Sarpanches quit in J&K, Omar hits out at Congress

Delhi high court asks Centre to consider experts’ views on Katra-Qazigund line

Terror groups may look to sneak in through sea, Centre warns coastal states

IM has links with banned Islamic group: Investigations reveal

Shahid Bhagat Singh's birth anniversary: Pak govt may spoil Indo-Pak activists’ joint celebration

Pakistani writer remembers time spent in Indian town

Jama Masjid blast: Ansari to face Delhi court tomorrow

Theatre troupe helps reunite runaway Pakistan boy held in India with family

Telangana: Osmania Univ tense as students clash with police

Sadiq encounter: Barot sent to 2-day CBI custody

Anti-Islam film: Centre, state reply sought

 

Pakistan

Pakistan's most feared Islamists Hafiz Saeed accuses Obama of starting religious war on Muslims

Four Shias, three PPP men among 14 shot dead in city

CIA sends ISI monthly faxes about drone attacks: WSJ

G-B sectarian killings: Committee recommends ‘rapid response force’

Death penalty for man who shot friend dead

Reuters’ coverage in Pakistan displays compromise on standards

 

Europe

“Answer to bad speech is more speech”, says Google chairman

Abu Hamza's extradition to US put off

WikiLeaks mocks Obama for defending free speech in the Arab world at UN event

France to expel anyone threatening security in name of Islam: Minister

Russian president defers Pakistan visit

UN sees up to 700,000 Syrian refugees by year-end

Obama exploiting Arab Spring in campaign: Assange

New clip by Zawahiri reveals Osama Bin Laden was blind in one eye

Alternative Nobels honour peace, human rights work

 

Africa

Islamist fighters getting ready for battle in north Mali

Libya’s failure to disband all militias may backfire

Sudan, South Sudan reach partial deal on demilitarized border, oil production

Fallen South African Politician Charged With Laundering

STL president addresses Tripoli Bar Association

 

Arab World

Arab League calls for criminalization of blasphemy

Over 300 died on Wednesday in Syria: NGO

Copt denies accusations of blasphemy in Egyptian court

Two killed as Saudi security forces try to arrest Shiite man

BRICS nations call for immediate ceasefire in Syria

Suicide bombers strike Syrian army HQ, 4 guards killed

Syria expects 'positive' dissociation from Lebanon

Egypt says no need to amend peace treaty with Israel

Aleppo residents caught in crossfire losing faith in rebels

Kuwait must end abusing stateless: rights groups

March 14 electoral draft law would harm assimilation: Jumblatt

Three Die in Yemen as Bomb Goes Off Outside Courthouse

Up to 700,000 Syrians Could Flee by Year’s End, Refugee Agency Says

Syria tells rebels on mobile phones: 'Game over'

 

Mideast Asia

Iran under military threat by 'uncivilized Zionists': Ahmadinejad

Yemeni president calls for more support to fight Al-Qaeda

Ahmadinejad calls for end to US ‘bullying’, Morsi Syrian civil war

Middle East Telcos Mull Alliance in Facebook Fight

Iranian diplomat seeks safety from angry protesters after mob threats near UN

Netanyahu to set 'clear red line' for Iran in U.N. speech

Israel upholds ban on Gaza students in West Bank

 

North America

Clinton Suggests Link to Qaeda Offshoot in Deadly Libya Attack

U.N. Says Syrian Refugee Numbers Are Surging

U.S. actress sues anti-Islam filmmaker, YouTube in federal court

Jordan arrests 8 Syrian refugees over camp riots

Pakistan's next UN ambassador says time for Afghan refugees to return home

Diaries of ex-Gitmo detainee: Reminding Obama of a ‘broken promise’

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speech reminder why Iran can't be nuclear: Romney

Cyber warfare Emerges From Shadows for Public Discussion by U.S. Officials

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Pakistan Islamist accuses Obama of religious war on Muslims

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Over A Month, Four ‘Terror’ Arrests in Indore for ‘Shouting Slogans’

Muzamil Jaleel

Sep 27 2012

New Delhi: It’s just not Urdu writings or a magazine copy that can get you booked under the stringent Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). In many cases — including five over the course of one month, April 2008, four of them in Indore alone — the script was the same: a mukhbir or informer tipped off police about men “shouting anti-government slogans” outside mosques or in front of their homes, and the men were arrested and then left to battle it out in court.

* September 27, 2001, Solapur

The case was filed on the day the Centre issued its first notification banning SIMI. Assistant Police Inspector Dattatray Bapurao Patil of Sadar Bazar police station noted in the FIR (3824/2001) that he and his team were patrolling when “we found one person Abdul Rehman Ahmad Ali Kalyani had gathered some people in front of Konchikozi galli... After enquiring about the same, we found that the said person was trying to bring together people who support the organisation (SIMI)”. Kalyani, 19, was arrested under the UAPA. While police admitted that nothing incriminating had been found when they searched Kayani’s house, the Maharashtra government, giving sanction for his prosecution, accused him of carrying out SIMI activities aimed at “secession of Maharashtra territory”.

In its affidavits before the UAPA Tribunal, the Maharashtra government has repeatedly said: “The ultimate aim and ideology of SIMI is pan-Islam movement i.e Islam Education of entire India by adopting Nifaq (hatred), Saria (accruing money by adopting illegal means) and Jihad (holy war).” The claim itself is comical. While nifaq means disunity, the word saria has no such known meaning in either Urdu or Arabic.

Incidentally, Kalyani had a case registered against him earlier too, in 2000, for pasting a poster protesting against the Babri Masjid demolition.

* September 28, 2001, Yavatmal

In the FIR (3200/2001), Pusad City police station officer Prakash Laxmanrao Hingmire recorded that he and his team were on patrol when they found Nisar Ahmad Khan, 22; Wakil Ahmad, 29; and Sheikh R Rafique Farouqi, 21, shouting slogans in the Vasant Nagar area near Aqsa Masjid. “They were shouting that Bajrang Dal is also a communal organisation and why the government had not imposed a ban on it.” The youths were arrested and booked under the UAPA.

* April 11, 2008, Indore

Juni police station SHO Mohan Singh Yadav noted in the FIR (200/2008) that a mukhbir informed him that Mohammad Shahid alias Billi and Iqbal of Nandanvan Colony, Indore, were standing near Shyam Nagar masjid and “instigating people and doing propaganda against the government”. Yadav said that he, accompanied by a sub-inspector, four constables and a driver, reached the masjid. “We hid ourselves and found two persons standing near the masjid. They were talking in a secret manner with three-four more people... I asked my accompanying staff to encircle them. When they saw the police, they panicked and we arrested them.”

Yadav claimed they only arrested Shahid and Iqbal, the two people who were talking. He said that during inquiry, the two said they were “preparing the people for jihad, that the government had not done well by arresting the leaders of SIMI and they would take revenge”. The FIR also noted that “Iqbal shouted a slogan as well”, and that seven pamphlets were recovered from Shahid’s pockets and six from Iqbal’s. The two “witnesses” the police named as having been present outside the mosque were “Sanjay” and “Sachin”.

Shahid and Iqbal were booked under sections of the IPC and UAPA. A look at the seizure memo reveals that the pamphlets allegedly recovered from them were old SIMI documents and most of them were photocopies.

* April 2, 2008, Indore

Sadar Bazar police station SHO J D Bhonsale said in the FIR (129/2008) that a mukhbir had informed him that Mohammad Irfan Chheepa of Juna Risala, Indore, had gathered people in the compound of a community hall near his house for avenging the arrest of SIMI leaders. “He was also making statements against the government and talking provocative things against society and country which could raise communal passions,” noted the FIR. Bhonsale said he and his team of a sub-inspector, ASI Bhadoriya, a head constable, and five constables arrived at the spot. “We took cover and saw a person with physical features as stated by the informer who had gathered people and had some papers and pamphlets in his hand. He was talking in an excited manner and was telling the people that ‘you people should also join this organisation so that we all unite and establish government of Islam and you should contribute so that we defeat the Hindustan government’.”

SHO Bhonsale said he asked his force to encircle the people, but they could only arrest Chheepa. The seizure memo in the case showed an appeal in Hindi, ostensibly issued by the SIMI, but with ‘Bismillah’ misspelt.

* April 2, 2008, Indore

In the FIR (35/2008), Inspector Prabha Singh Chouhan of Sarafa police station noted that a mukhbir informed her that senior SIMI worker Zakir Lalla was “instigating people against the government” near Nihalpura masjid. She reached the spot with her team and found “Zakir Lala standing near the Masjid and shouting loudly, saying ‘What if the government has banned SIMI? I will not let any member of SIMI be arrested and I will give them my full support. We will join together to take revenge from the government for this’.” Chouhan said a large crowd had gathered but the police managed to arrest only Zakir Lala. The books the police claimed to have recovered from Lala were on teachings of the Prophet and other Islamic literature. Lala was arrested and charged under the UAPA.

* April 2, 2008, Indore

In the FIR (101/2008), Chhoti Gwal Toli police station SHO Inspector B L Meena noted that a mukhbir had informed him that “an active member of SIMI, Amman S/O Mohammad Salim, was trying to energise SIMI through propaganda and for this purpose he is distributing anti-government pamphlets at Sarvate bus stand, Indore”. Meena and his team reached the spot and allegedly found Amman “trying to paste a pamphlet on the pillar in the north direction and saying that ‘What if the government has banned SIMI, I am still associated with it and will get many more people to associate with it and help secure the release of SIMI leaders’.” Amman was initially booked under the UAPA, and later also under the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA).

Five months later, Amman was arrested again by the same police station. In this FIR filed on September 19, 2008, Meena again recorded that he “received information from a mukhbir that Amman was standing at the crossing in front of Ganesh Lodge and trying to increase the number of SIMI activists and help secure bail for the arrested SIMI activists, besides distributing anti-government pamphlets”. Meena and his team reached the spot. A large crowd was reportedly present, but again only Amman was arrested and charged under the UAPA.

* April 7, 2008, Guna, MP

In the FIR (104/2008), Chachoda police station SHO L C Shrivas recorded that on April 7, 2008, they received information that SIMI members were planning a meeting at the house of Rafeeq Moulana in Talheti Mohalla. “During the raid, five persons were apprehended.” Incidentally, the arrested persons were Moulana’s close neighbours. Among various things, the police seized cuttings of Dainik Jagran and Nai Dunia newspapers. Later, a copy of an old SIMI pamphlet protesting the Babri Masjid demolition too was allegedly found. For one of those arrested, Abdul Kadir, the seizure memo said they recovered “a letter written in Urdu (issued by) Darul Aloom Rashidia of Mewat in Rajasthan”. The Darul Aloom is a lawful entity and the letter was a note of introduction for a certain Moulvi Mohammad Usman of Papda, Bharatpur, for collection of donations. The police recorded it as “incriminating material”.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/over-a-month-four--terror--arrests-in-indore-for--shouting-slogans-/1008344/

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India rebuts Zardari remarks, says Kashmiri people have peacefully chosen their destiny

Sep 27 2012

New York : India has rebutted Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari's remarks on Kashmir at the United Nations, asserting that the Kashmiri people have "peacefully chosen their destiny" in accordance with democratic practices.

Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and the country's position on the issue is well known.

"We have seen the reference to Jammu and Kashmir in the statement of the Pakistan president. Our principled position on the issue has been consistent and is well known," he said yesterday when asked to comment on Zardari's remarks.

"The people of Jammu and Kashmir, which is an integral part of India, have peacefully chosen their destiny in accordance with democratic practices. They continue to do so," he said yesterday.

Pakistan had raked up the issue of Kashmir at the UN again when Zardari said in his address to the General Assembly that "Kashmir remains a symbol of failures, rather than strengths of the UN system."

Zardari had said his country's principled position on territorial disputes remains a bedrock of its foreign policy and that resolution of the Kashmir issue can only be arrived in an environment of cooperation.

Pakistan has raked up the issue of Kashmir at the UN forum time and again but India has insisted that it is its internal matter.

US President Barack Obama has also ruled out any "outside" solution to the Kashmir issue, saying in an interview in July that disputes between India and Pakistan can only be resolved among themselves.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-rebuts-zardari-remarks-says-kashmiri-people-have-peacefully-chosen-their-destiny/1008639/

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India wants UN members to ensure zero tolerance towards terror

 Sep 27 2012

New York : India will ask members of the United Nations to ensure a "zero tolerance" approach towards terrorism besides pressing for an early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism during the UN General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders.

Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said India also proposes to focus on the issue of terrorist financing at a special meeting of the UN Security Council's Committee on Counter Terrorism in November.

Mathai said India would continue to stress the need for a "proactive campaign" against terrorism during the current session of the General Assembly and would work towards an early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on

International Terrorism.

India, which chairs the UNSC's counter-terrorism committee, would also "urge all member states to ensure zero tolerance towards terrorism and to take urgent action to prevent and combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations," Mathai told reporters at India's UN mission here yesterday.

India would also continue to emphasise its commitment to universal, non-discriminatory, phased and verifiable nuclear disarmament in a time bound manner.

Mathai said the ongoing 67th session of the General Assembly is taking place at a time when the world is facing continued economic and financial uncertainty and the Middle East and North Africa regions are in a "state of flux".

During the UNGA session, India would actively pursue measures aimed at strengthening multilateralism while ensuring that the interests and concerns of the developing world form the basis of these endeavours.

A major part of India's efforts would be directed towards maintaining development as a centrepiece of the UN priorities, Mathai said.

He added that India would also focus on ensuring that the post-2015 development agenda retains its focus on poverty eradication and inclusive growth.

"We will be proactive on the evolution of the Sustainable Development Goals in an inter-governmental process visualised at Rio+20 ensuring the primacy of development and addressing environmental and social concerns of developing countries," he said, adding that another area of focus for the country would be the early implementation of the financing strategy and the facilitation mechanism for transfer of technology to support sustainable development.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna will arrive in the city today for the General Assembly session, which he would be addressing on October 1.

He is scheduled to participate in several high-level meetings, including the ministerial meeting of the India Gulf Cooperation Council on September 28, the annual Commonwealth Foreign Ministers' meeting on September 29, meeting to commemorate 15 years of the convention against chemical weapons on October 1 and the informal meeting of the SAARC Foreign Ministers on October 2, Mathai said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-wants-un-members-to-ensure-zero-tolerance-towards-terror/1008636/

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Pages of Quran found in Ghaziabad, police suspect mischief

 September 26, 2012

Nearly two weeks after desecrated pages of the Quran sparked off violence at Dasna in Ghaziabad, some more pages with 8-10 mobile numbers scribbled over them were found by locals on the railway tracks near the Old Ghaziabad railway station on Wednesday, the police said.

The police, however, refused to divulge whether the pages were desecrated or not.

Police officials said some rag-pickers spotted the pages near the railway tracks and handed them over to a scrap dealer on Tuesday afternoon.

"The scrap dealer took the pages to his house. His father realised that these were of a religious book and 8-10 mobile numbers were written on them. The dealer's father handed the pages to the Imam of a local mosque on Wednesday morning," said superintendent of police SS Yadav.

Officials said the locals wanted to bury the pages but then called on one of the mobile numbers. The call was traced to the owner of a farmhouse on NH-58, who immediately informed the police.

"The owner of the farmhouse has no connection with the incident and it seems that someone tried to make mischief," the SP added.

Police officials also said that some of the mobile numbers had five digits and eight digits.

"Only the farmhouse owner's mobile number had 10 digits," said the SP.

Meanwhile, the police have registered an FIR under Sections 295 and 153A , IPC, against unidentified persons on a complaint filed by a local resident.

The incident led to a mob build-up at the Masuri police station followed by widespread violence. Six persons, including five teenagers, were killed in the violence and police firing.

The police lodged an FIR under relevant sections of the IPC against 5,000 rioters involved in the incident.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/UttarPradesh/Pages-of-Quran-found-in-Ghaziabad-police-suspect-mischief/Article1-936198.aspx

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SC cites 'My name is Khan' in a verdict in communal violence case

September 26, 2012

Empathising with the 'My name is Khan but I am not a terrorist' lament, the Supreme Court on Wednesday said law cannot be abused to harass any person owning to his religion and acquitted 11 people, held guilty of terrorism in Gujarat. "District superintendent of police and inspector

general of police and all others entrusted with the task of operating the law must not do anything which allows its misuse and abuse and ensure that no innocent person has the feeling of sufferance only because 'My name is Khan, but I am not a terrorist'," said the apex court in a judgement.

Full report at

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/SC-cites-My-name-is-Khan-in-a-verdict-in-communal-violence-case/Article1-936141.aspx

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IPS officer assaults journalist, Omar promises action

September 26, 2012

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday promised to look into the fresh act of police assault on a journalist by an IPS officer during a peaceful protest by female nursing college students in Srinagar.

Scribes registered their protest with Omar during a press conference in Srinagar.

"I will look into the incident," he said.

Chandigarh-based newspaper reporter, Azhar Qadri, was beaten up and detained while he was covering students' protest near old secretariat.

"I was taking notes and asking the students the reason behind the protest. Suddenly, I was pounced from behind and slapped by the Shaheed Gunj sub-divisional police officer. On disclosing my identity, I was further beaten up by constables and taken to nearby police station," said Qadri.

Full report at

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Srinagar/IPS-officer-assaults-journalist-Omar-promises-action/Article1-936119.aspx

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‘Those attacking defenceless Sarpanches are cowards’, J& K CM

By Naseer Ganai

September 27, 2012

UNDER attack over the killings of Sarpanches and Panches, chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday assured that elected rural body members would be given a complete sense of security.

He described the killings as the handiwork of militants and said instead of attacking defenceless Sarpanches and Panches, these “cowards should dare to attack me”. “In the past two years, only 50 Sarpanches and Panches have resigned.

We have not accepted the resignation of anyone. We have conducted elections for panchayats in a difficult situation after 30 long years. We have to make the institution of Panchayati Raj strong. It would take time. But we will not allow anyone to derail the Panchayati Raj,” Omar said.

Full report at Mail Today

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Omar blames militants for killing panchs

Bashaarat Masood

Sep 27 2012

Jammu, Srinagar : While Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has blamed militants for killing panchs and sarpanchs in the state, his party colleague and relative Mustafa Kamal on Wednesday alleged that vested interests of hardline separatist leaders, mainstream politicians and security forces were behind the recent trouble.

Addressing the media, Omar said: “They (militants) are cowards. If they have courage, let them attack me. They won’t. They know they will get a befitting response.” Saying that they have no evidence of any political force being responsible for the killings of panchs and sarpanchs, Omar said that militants were behind such acts. He assured that his government would do everything possible for the security of panchs and sarpanchs even if it meant rearranging security deployment. “If we can’t provide PSOs to every panch and sarpanch, we can secure the area,” Omar said.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/omar-blames-militants-for-killing-panchs/1008494/

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NIA registers fresh cases against IM, BKI, says got money from Pak, Gulf

Rahul Tripathi

Sep 27 2012

New Delhi : Alarmed over the recent arrests of Indian Mujahideen cadres from Delhi, Bihar and Karnataka, the National Investigation Agency has registered a fresh case against the members of the banned outfit for recruiting, financing and running terror camps. The latest case registered by the NIA names mastermind Amir Reza Khan, who is alleged to be running IM with Pakistan’s support.

The agency said that the IM has received large amount of money over a period of one year from Pakistan, Saudi Arbia and other Gulf countries. In its FIR, the NIA has said that Yasin Bhatkal received Rs 5 lakh through hawala to recruit IM cadres. Intelligence agencies say that the Bihar module, which was recently busted with the arrest of more than dozen cadres, was one such instance. According to the NIA, IM is imparting training to its cadres regarding assembling of IEDs and handling of explosives.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/nia-registers-fresh-cases-against-im-bki-says-got-money-from-pak-gulf/1008489/

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As US pullout nears, India eyes bigger role in Afghanistan

Sep 27, 2012

NEW DELHI: With the endgame approaching in Afghanistan, India's post-2014 diplomacy has hit high gear.

A week after Pakistan's foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar met the US government to re-introduce confidence in the bilateral relationship, India, Afghanistan and US will be holding their first official trilateral meeting in New York this week. Its an initiative that carries new opportunities but significant risks for India.

The Indian side will be led by foreign secretary Ranjan Mathai and will also include a conversation between Hillary Clinton and S M Krishna will include discussions on the future of Afghanistan, and how the US and India can work together to help the country deal with subsequent challenges.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/As-US-pullout-nears-India-eyes-bigger-role-in-Afghanistan/articleshow/16565483.cms

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Army foils infiltration bid along LoC

Sep 27, 2012

JAMMU: Army today foiled an infiltration bid along the LoC in Poonch sector, where one militant is believed to have been killed.

A group of four-five armed militants tried to infiltrate into the Indian side of the border along LoC in Krishnagati forward area and their movement was picked by surveillance devices and troops guarding the border, an Army officer said.

Troops guarding the borderline fired at the infiltrating militants, who fired back resulting in exchanges, he said.

After the brief exchange of firing, militants tried to return, he said, adding that a body is lying close to the border line.

Search operations have been launched in the area.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Army-foils-infiltration-bid-along-LoC/articleshow/16572177.cms

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Let a new dawn emerge: President Pranab in Kashmir

Sep 27, 2012

SRINAGAR: Let the dark days of violence and conflict be left behind and a let a new dawn emerge," President Pranab Mukherjee told the people of Jammu and Kashmir, promising to ensure that every Kashmiri lives with dignity.

Reaching out to people who have suffered decades of violence, Mukherjee candidly acknowledged that they have grievances.

"Many important issues need deft handling and speedy resolution," he said, adding that both the Central and state governments were determined to ensure that people of Kashmir live with dignity having equal rights and equal opportunities.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Let-a-new-dawn-emerge-President-Pranab-in-Kashmir/articleshow/16572392.cms

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Sohrabuddin case: SC upholds Amit Shah's bail plea

Dhananjay Mahapatra

Sep 27, 2012

NEW DELHI: In a crucial development, the Supreme Court on Thursday transferred the 2005 Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case out of Gujarat to Mumbai.

The court also rejected the CBI's plea to cancel the bail of former minister and close aide of Gujarat chief minister Amit Shah.

"We are against the plea for the cancellation of the bail and the petition is dismissed," a bench comprising justices Aftab Alam and Ranjana Prakash Desai said.

"We, however, allow the transfer petition and agree to transfer the case to Mumbai," the bench said.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sohrabuddin-case-SC-upholds-Amit-Shahs-bail-plea/articleshow/16568767.cms

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120 sarpanches quit in J&K, Omar hits out at Congress

M Saleem Pandit

Sep 27, 2012

SRINAGAR: Deepening the crisis of grassroots democracy in Kashmir, the number of panchayat chiefs announcing their resignations reached 120 on Wednesday. While 50 sarpanches have already sent in their resignation letters, they were joined by 70 others who issued advertisements in newspapers declaring they were quitting after threats from Lashkar-e-Taiba. No resignation has been accepted so far by the government.

Responding to terror attacks on panchayat chiefs across the Valley in which four of them have been killed, Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Wednesday dared the militants to attack him instead of striking at unprotected village officials. He said the militants were cowards who attacked unarmed sarpanches. "My government will protect them," Omar said.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/120-sarpanches-quit-in-JK-Omar-hits-out-at-Congress/articleshow/16563858.cms

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Delhi high court asks Centre to consider experts’ views on Katra-Qazigund line

Sep 27, 2012

NEW DELHI: The Delhi high court on Wednesday directed the central government to consider experts' suggestions on public safety issues related to the Katra-Qazigund railway project connecting Jammu to Srinagar.

A division bench of Chief Justice D Murugesan and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw asked "the railway board to consider the representation of the petitioner and pass an order within eight weeks as the matter is in public interest".

The court also allowed petitioner NGO Centre For Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) to file a fresh representation and submit it before the Railway Board within a week. The HC was hearing a petition filed by advocate Prashant Bhushan alleging that the current alignment of the Katra-Qazigund rail link would cause "serious safety problems" for public and the railway ministry had rejected the experts' suggestions, including an alternative alignment.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Delhi-high-court-asks-Centre-to-consider-experts-views-on-Katra-Qazigund-line/articleshow/16563510.cms

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Terror groups may look to sneak in through sea, Centre warns coastal states

Sep 27, 2012

NEW DELHI: With reports that terror groups may attempt to infiltrate into the country through the sea route — as pointed out by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh two weeks ago — the Centre on Wednesday once again asked all coastal states to step up vigilance in coordination with local police and Indian Coast Guard.

The instructions were passed on to state agencies during a meeting of security and intelligence officials in light of intelligence inputs stating LeT's plan to carry out attacks in India anytime between September 2012 and January 2013.

Similar instructions were passed by the central agencies in August around Independence Day and early this month.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Terror-groups-may-look-to-sneak-in-through-sea-Centre-warns-coastal-states/articleshow/16563153.cms

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Indian Mujahideen has links with banned Islamic group: Investigations reveal

Sep 27, 2012

NEW DELHI: The country's most notorious terrorist group, Indian Mujahideen, has links with the international Islamic organization Hizb-ul-Tahrir that is banned in countries like Germany and Bangladesh, investigations have revealed. In a charge sheet filed a few days ago, Delhi Police has claimed it found documents related to HuT from the hideout of an IM member named Shakeel. This is the first instance of an HuT link being found in the country.

Police had filed two charge sheets against IM members and the alleged handler in the 26/11 Mumbai attacks case, Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indian-Mujahideen-has-links-with-banned-Islamic-group-Investigations-reveal/articleshow/16562844.cms

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Shahid Bhagat Singh's birth anniversary: Pak govt may spoil Indo-Pak activists joint celebration in Lahore

Sep 26, 2012

LUCKNOW: Social activists from India and Pakistan will jointly celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of legendary revolutionary Shahid-e-Azam Bhagat Singh in Lahore on September 28. However, what may play spoilsports is delay in giving of visa by the Pakistan to 32 member Indian delegation, which includes 18 persons from Uttar Pradesh (UP). However, Indians were still hopeful they will get clearance on September 27 (Thursday) and join celebrations on September 28. The Indians activists along with their Pakistani counterparts, if allowed, may also visit revolutionary's village Bangha in Jaranwala tehsil of Lyallpur district.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Shahid-Bhagat-Singhs-birth-anniversary-Pak-govt-may-spoil-Indo-Pak-activists-joint-celebration-in-Lahore/articleshow/16560862.cms

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Pakistani writer remembers time spent in Indian town

Sep 27 2012

New Delhi : "We never thought we would never be able to return to the places of our birth", is how veteran Pakistani writer Intezar Hussain describes the sentiment of his family as it joined many others in fleeing the partition riots from a mofussil town in Uttar Pradesh.

In 1947, the sentiment was shared by millions on both sides of the border.

The story of the tearing apart of the Indian subcontinent is the story of Hussain's life, who at 89, has seen it all – the breaking up of families, lively cities turning into ghost towns overnight and entire 'mohallahs' queueing up to catch a train to Pakistan, never to return.

The Urdu writer whose writing automatically acquired the themes of displacement and nostalgia, kept longing for years to return, at least once to his childhood home in Dibai in Bulandshahar district of UP.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistani-writer-remembers-time-spent-in-indian-town/1008714/

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Jama Masjid blast: Ansari to face Delhi court tomorrow

Aneesha Mathur

 Sep 27 2012

New Delhi : Taking cognizance of a chargesheet filed by the Delhi Police Special Cell, the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vidya Prakash has issued production warrants for suspected 26/11 handler Syed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal. He is at present in the custody of the Mumbai Anti Terrorism Squad in connection with his alleged involvement in the German Bakery blast and attack on the Maharashtra Police Academy. He will be produced before the Delhi court on September 28.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/jama-masjid-blast-ansari-to-face-delhi-court-tomorrow/1008503/

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Theatre troupe helps reunite runaway Pakistan boy held in India with family

 Sep 27 2012

A Pakistani theatre troupe’s recent performance in India had an unintended consequence: it helped reunite a runaway 13-year-old Pakistani boy with his family after nearly a year.

When Ajoka Theatre troupe went to Faridkot in India’s Punjab to perform its famous play Bullah at a fair honouring Sufi saint Baba Farid on September 21, officials there asked them to help trace the family of a boy who had been detained after he illegally crossed the border in September 2011.

“Deputy Commissioner Ravi Bhagat had invited us to perform our play in Faridkot, which is named after Baba Farid. Sessions Judge Archana Puri and Bhagat told me about this Pakistani boy who had crossed the border and sought our help in finding his family,” said Madiha Gauhar, creative director of Ajoka. “I met the boy, Kashif Ali, and spoke to him to find out about his family. After returning to Pakistan, we traced his widowed mother in Depalpur in Okara district of Punjab. She broke down when we got her to speak to Kashif on phone.”

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/theatre-troupe-helps-reunite-runaway-pakistan-boy-held-in-india-with-family/1008361/

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Telangana: Osmania Univ tense as students clash with police

Sep 27 2012

Hyderabad : Tension prevailed on the Osmania University (OU) campus here today when pro-Telangana students pelted stones at police as they were prevented from taking out a rally to the Secretariat.

The police responded by lobbing teargas shells to disperse the agitators who continued to hurl stones at brief intervals, before fleeing in the varsity, officials said.

Scores of pro-Telangana students converged at the Arts College premises on the campus and tried to take out the rally as part of 'Chalo Secretariat' call given by OU-JAC (Joint Action Committee) and Telangana Students JAC, demanding formation of a separate Telangana state.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/telangana-osmania-univ-tense-as-students-clash-with-police/1008731/

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Sadiq encounter: Barot sent to 2-day CBI custody

 Sep 27 2012

Ahmedabad : The special CBI court sent Deputy Superintendent of Police Tarun Barot to CBI custody for two days on Wednesday in Sadiq Jamal Mehtar encounter case in 2003. Barot, who was produced before the court following his arrest on Tuesday, was accompanied by dozens of his supporters who thronged the courtroom and disrupted the proceeding several times.

There was such an uproar in the courtroom that CBI special judge A Y Dave told the audience not to pressurise him from taking a decision. The judge said, “I have no personal interest in the case and I have written in the order that during the custody the CBI should not violate any sort of rights Barot is entitled to.”

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/sadiq-encounter-barot-sent-to-2day-cbi-custody/1008536/

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Anti-Islam film: Centre, state reply sought

 Sep 27 2012

The Bombay High Court on Wednesday directed the state and Central governments to file a reply to a petition that raises the issue of the controversial anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims.

The petition has been filed by a local Congress member Ameen Mustafa Idrisi, who said the film has hurt the religious feelings of Muslims through its depiction of Prophet Mohammed.

The film had evoked sharp reactions, including violent protests, across the world after it was released on the Internet.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/antiislam-film-centre-state-reply-sought/1008490/

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan's most feared Islamists Hafiz Saeed accuses Obama of starting religious war on Muslims

Sep 26, 2012

ISLAMABAD: One of Pakistan's most feared Islamists accused President Barack Obama on Wednesday of starting a religious war against Muslims over his handling of a video that mocked the Prophet Mohammad.

Hafiz Saeed, accused by India of masterminding the 2008 attack by Pakistani gunmen on Mumbai, said Obama should have ordered steps to remove the film from the internet instead of defending freedom of expression in America.

"Obama's statements have caused a religious war," Saeed told Reuters in an interview. "This is a very sensitive issue. This is not going to be resolved soon. Obama's statement has started a cultural war."

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Hafiz-Saeed-accuses-Obama-of-starting-religious-war-on-Muslims/articleshow/16559173.cms

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Four Shias, three PPP men among 14 shot dead in city

September 27, 2012

KARACHI: Four more Ahle Tasheeh men and three Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) activists were among 14 people gunned down in targeted killings across the city on Wednesday.

In the latest sectarian killings, at least four armed men on two motorcycles killed 42-year-old Zafar Ahmed Alvi near his house in Gulbahar, Rizvia.

As the armed men fired indiscriminately, they also shot dead another man, Zahid Ali Jaffery, 45, while three passersby – Altaf, Iqbal Ahmed and Jackson Pervez – were injured, said DSP Rustam Khattak.

Full report at

http://tribune.com.pk/story/443106/four-shias-three-ppp-men-among-14-shot-dead-in-city/

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CIA sends ISI monthly faxes about drone attacks: WSJ

September 27, 2012

About once a month the Central Intelligence Agency sends a fax to a general at Pakistan’s intelligence service outlining broad areas where the US intends to conduct strikes with drone aircraft, according to US officials.

The Pakistanis, who in public oppose the program, don’t respond.

This was stated in a report published by the Wall Street Journal.

The fax would not mention any specific target but outline the boundaries of the airspace the drones would use—large areas along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border referred to as flight “boxes” because they are shaped like three-dimensional rectangles in the sky, the report stated.

Full report at

http://dawn.com/2012/09/27/cia-sends-isi-monthly-faxes-about-drone-attacks-wsj/

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G-B sectarian killings: Committee recommends ‘rapid response force’

By Shabbir Mir / Mohammad Zafar

 September 27, 2012

QUETTA / GILGIT: A parliamentary panel on human rights has recommended the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) government set up a well-equipped ‘rapid response force’ to stop the recurrence of incidents like the Kohistan and Babusar sectarian assaults.

The National Assembly Standing Committee on Human Rights, headed by Riaz Fatyana, is on a visit to G-B to probe the recent surge in incidents of sectarian violence – especially attacks on bus passengers belonging to the Shia community.

Full report at

http://tribune.com.pk/story/443166/g-b-sectarian-killings-committee-recommends-rapid-response-force/

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Death penalty for man who shot friend dead

By Rizwan Shehzad

 September 27, 2012

KARACHI: Drugs can kill you. For Mansoor Khan, hashish spelled his doom – not directly but by death penalty.

In a fit of intoxicated rage, he shot dead one of his best friends when he stopped him from smoking hash. “To be hanged till death,” announced the district and session judge, Muhammad Yamin on Tuesday, striking the gavel.

Mansoor Khan was convicted under Section 265-H(2) of the Criminal Procedure Code for murdering Mohammad Zeeshan. The case was proved with the help six witnesses, a post-mortem report and ballistics investigation.

Full report at

http://tribune.com.pk/story/443120/death-penalty-for-man-who-shot-friend-dead/

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Reuters’ coverage in Pakistan displays compromise on standards

By Farooq Baloch

September 27, 2012

KARACHI: Nearly half a dozen employees of Reuters – one of the largest international news agencies – in Pakistan have resigned in protest against what they believe are “unethical journalism practices” being pursued by the incumbent management.

“None of us were fired. We all chose to walk away as we failed to counter the growing sensationalism and lack of ethics,” Faisal Aziz, a former Reuters’ correspondent commented on Numair Shahzada’s article on The Express Tribune Blogs.

Full report at

http://tribune.com.pk/story/443147/reuters-coverage-in-pakistan-displays-compromise-on-standards/

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Europe

 

“Answer to bad speech is more speech”, says Google chairman

September 27, 2012

SEOUL: Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt defended Thursday YouTube’s hosting of an anti-Islam film that sparked violent global protests, saying the answer to “bad speech is more speech” — not a ban.

Google, the parent company of the video-sharing site, has blocked access to “Innocence of Muslims” in a number of nations, including India, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, where it is deemed illegal.

But Schmidt stressed that the low-budget video met YouTube’s basic criteria for material that can be posted, which is why it remains accessible in many countries.

Full report at

http://dawn.com/2012/09/27/answer-to-bad-speech-is-more-speech-says-google-chairman/

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Abu Hamza's extradition to US put off

Sep 26, 2012

LONDONL Convicted radical Islamic cleric Abu Hamza got a last-minute reprieve on Wednesday when a high court judge issued interim injunctions preventing his extradition to the United States until the case is heard in court.

Earlier in the day, Hamza had launched the appeal in the high court against his extradition to the US, two days after a European court ruled he could be handed over to Washington on terrorism charges.

The injunction now temporarily prevents the extradition of Abu Hamza and another suspect, Khaled Al-Fawwaz.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Abu-Hamzas-extradition-to-US-put-off/articleshow/16558393.cms

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WikiLeaks' Assange mocks Obama for defending free speech in the Arab world at UN event

Sep 27, 2012

UNITED NATIONS: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, speaking via a choppy video feed from his virtual house arrest in London, lashed out at US President Barack Obama on Wednesday for supporting freedom of speech in the Middle East while simultaneously "persecuting" his organization for leaking diplomatic cables.

Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy since June to avoid extradition, made the comments at a packed event on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/WikiLeaks-Assange-mocks-Obama-for-

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France to expel anyone threatening security in name of Islam: Minister

September 27, 2012

STRASBOURG: France will expel any foreigner who threatens security at home or abroad in the name of Islam or does not respect the country’s secular traditions, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said Thursday.

France will be “intransigent… and I will not hesitate to expel those who claim to follow Islam and represent a serious threat to public order and as foreigners in our country do not respect our laws and values,” he said at a ceremony to inaugurate a grand mosque in the eastern city of Strasbourg.

Full report at

http://tribune.com.pk/story/443341/france-to-expel-anyone-threatening-security-in-name-of-islam-minister/

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Russian president defers Pakistan visit

 September 27, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Russian President Vladimir Putin has postponed his visit to Pakistan, saying that he has other engagements scheduled on the same dates, the Pakistani foreign office said on Thursday.

However, Express News reported that he postponed his trip due to security concerns.

According to a press release issued by the Pakistani foreign office, the quadrilateral summit between Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan and Afghanistan which was scheduled for October 2 and 3 has also been postponed.

Full report at

http://tribune.com.pk/story/443301/russian-president-postpones-pakistan-visit/

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UN sees up to 700,000 Syrian refugees by year-end

September 27, 2012

The UN refugee agency warned on Thursday there could be as many as 700,000 Syrian refugees fleeing the war-torn nation by the end of the year as it stepped up its call for emergency funding. "There may be up to 700,000 Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries by the end of the year,"

Panos Moumtzsis, the UNHCR's chief coordinator for Syrian refugees, told reporters in Geneva.

"We are running out of time," he added.

Faced with the soaring need for aid after 18 months of brutal conflict in Syria, humanitarian agencies upped their call for funds to $487.9 million (379.2 million euros) to sustain operations until the end of the year.

Full report at

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/UN-sees-up-to-700-000-Syrian-refugees-by-year-end/Article1-936528.aspx

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Obama exploiting Arab Spring in campaign: Assange

 Sep 27 2012

United Nations : WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange accused President Barack Obama today of seeking to exploit the Arab uprisings for personal political gain, as he addressed a sideline meeting of the UN General Assembly via videolink from his hideout at a London embassy.

The Australian activist has sheltered inside Ecuador's embassy in London beyond the reach of British police since June 19, when he sought refuge after he exhausted all legal routes to avoid extradition to Sweden for questioning over sex crimes allegations.

Assange and his supporters claim that the Swedish sex case is part of a Washington-orchestrated plot to make him stand trial in the United States over his work with WikiLeaks, which has published thousands of secret US diplomatic cables and other documents. Both Sweden and the US reject that claim.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/obama-exploiting-arab-spring-in-campaign-assange/1008630/

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New clip by Zawahiri reveals Osama Bin Laden was blind in one eye

Sep 27 2012

London : Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has reportedly given an hour-long account of the life of Osama bin Laden, revealing that the terrorist mastermind was blind in one eye and was a Muslim Brotherhood member once.

In the video, the third in a series entitled "Days with the Imam," Zawahiri narrates stories about bin Laden who was killed in a raid by US Navy Seals in May 2011 at his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, The Telegraph reports.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/new-clip-by-zawahiri-reveals-osama-bin-laden-was-blind-in-one-eye/1008654/

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Alternative Nobels honour peace, human rights work

Sep 27 2012

Stockholm : A British anti-arms trade campaign and promoters of peace, human rights and the environment from the United States, Afghanistan and Turkey have been named as winners of this year's Right Livelihood Awards, also known as the ``alternative Nobels.”

American scholar Gene Sharp, a developer and promoter of nonviolent revolution techniques, will share the (euro) 150,000 ($195,000) cash prize three ways with Sima Samar, an Afghan doctor whose organization provides health care and education for the poor, and Britain's Campaign Against Arms Trade.

An honorary prize was awarded to Turkish environmentalist Hayrettin Karaca, who co-founded an international movement that combats soil erosion and protects natural habitats.

The awards, announced Thursday, were founded in 1980 by Swedish-German philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull, to recognize work he thought was ignored by the Nobel Foundation.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/alternative-nobels-honor-peace-human-rights-work/1008748/

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Africa

 

Islamist fighters getting ready for battle in north Mali

September 27, 2012

GAO With his finger on the trigger and a menacing look, a 14-year-old recruit ordered a vehicle to pull over on the road from the Niger border to Gao, the biggest city in northern Mali, now under control of Islamist armed groups.

“We have decided to reinforce security here and take the necessary steps to do so,” Malian teenager Aziz Maiga said at this checkpoint in Labezanga, about 200km from Gao, before he joined in a search of the waiting vehicles.

The rifle-toting fighters, wearing turbans and military uniforms or fatigues and dusty black combat boots, inspected all the passengers and their baggage.

Full report at

http://www.omantribune.com/index.php?page=news&id=128422&heading=Other%20Top%20Stories

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Libya’s failure to disband all militias may backfire

September 27, 2012

By Dominique Soguel

BENGHAZI, Libya: Libya’s new leadership, under huge pressure from the street, has taken steps to tackle militias, but critics warn its decision to only disband some armed groups is dangerous and may backfire. In the wake of massive anti-militia protests and violence in the eastern city of Benghazi, the authorities ordered “illegitimate” brigades be broken up but also warned demonstrators against targeting “legitimate” ones.

That distinction has ruffled feathers in Benghazi where tens of thousands of people marched Friday for the dissolution of all armed groups and the establishment of a professional army and police force.

Full report at

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Sep-27/189335-libyas-failure-to-disband-all-militias-may-backfire.ashx#ixzz27g8A1H2N

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Sudan, South Sudan reach partial deal on demilitarized border, oil production: Officials

Sep 27, 2012

ADDIS ABABA: Sudan and South Sudan reached agreements on a demilitarized border zone and oil production but made limited progress on contested areas, their officials said.

"There is agreement on some areas," said South Sudan delegation spokesman Atif Kiir late yesterday, while his Sudanese counterpart Badr el-din Abdullah Badr spoke of "progress on many issues," with both saying a deal would be inked today.

The partial agreement was reached after four days of marathon negotiations between the former civil war foes, President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan and his Southern counterpart Salva Kiir, in Ethiopia's capital.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Sudan-South-Sudan-reach-partial-deal-on-demilitarized-border-oil-production-Officials/articleshow/16565524.cms

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STL president addresses Tripoli Bar Association

September 27, 2012

BEIRUT: The Special Tribunal for Lebanon operates entirely outside of politics, STL President David Baragwanath said during a speech to the Tripoli Bar Association. “In Lebanon, as in every civilized state, politics is rightly a matter of great public interest and importance – for citizens. But not for judges. Politics has nothing to do with the Tribunal, which has no interest in anything beyond the scope of its jurisdiction, the law and the evidence,” he told the audience via video link.

He added that he had refrained from voting in political elections for the past 18 years due to his role as a member of the judicial branch of government in his native New Zealand.

Full report at

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2012/Sep-27/189346-stl-president-addresses-tripoli-bar-association.ashx#ixzz27g4yZu5C

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Fallen South African Politician Charged With Laundering

By LYDIA POLGREEN

September 26, 2012

JOHANNESBURG — Julius Malema, the firebrand former leader of the African National Congress youth wing, appeared in a court in his home province of Limpopo on Wednesday to face a charge of money laundering in connection with state contracts with an engineering company linked to him.

After being released on bail of around $1,200 following a brief court appearance, he denounced the charge.

“I have nothing to hide,” Mr. Malema told a throng of supporters cheering for him outside the courthouse.

Full report at

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/world/africa/julius-malema-charged-with-money-laundering.html?ref=world&gwh=24C3D32AA219F8FD51324F43140B0DB1

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Arab World

 

Arab League calls for criminalization of blasphemy

Sep 27, 2012

UNITED NATIONS: The head of the Arab League called on Wednesday for the international community to criminalize blasphemy, warning that insults to religion pose a serious threat to global peace and security. The comments put him squarely at odds with the United States and many of its western allies, which are resolutely opposed to restrictions on freedom of expression.

Nabil Elaraby told the UN Security Council that if the west has criminalized acts that result in bodily harm, it must also criminalize acts that insult or cause offense to religions. He condemned the violence that erupted throughout the Muslim world in response to an anti-Islam film produced in the United States. But, he said that unless blasphemy laws are enacted and enforced, similar incidents could happen again.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Anti-Islam-film-outrage-Arab-League-calls-for-criminalization-of-blasphemy/articleshow/16563395.cms

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Over 300 died on Wednesday in Syria: NGO

September 27, 2012

A picture released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows smoke billowing from the scene of a bomb explosion in central Damascus near the hotel used by the UN observer mission in Syria. The blast was caused by a bomb planted on a fuel truck.(AFP)

More than 305 people were killed across Syria on Wednesday, making it the bloodiest single day of the 18-month revolt, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Full report at

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/Over-300-died-on-Wednesday-in-Syria-NGO/Article1-936394.aspx

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Copt denies accusations of blasphemy in Egyptian court

September 27, 2012

CAIRO: An Egyptian Copt on trial for blasphemy Wednesday denied the accusations, saying he was asked about his faith during questioning, in a case that has raised concerns of freedom of expression. Albert Saber, 27, is accused of blasphemy, insulting religions and inciting sectarianism through his Internet postings, including clips from an anti-Islam video that sparked violent protests worldwide, an AFP reporter said.

The low-budget film, “Innocence of Muslims,” made in the United States caused outrage for mocking the Prophet Mohammad.

Full report at

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Sep-27/189334-copt-denies-accusations-of-blasphemy-in-egyptian-court.ashx#ixzz27g5RnD4h

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Two killed as Saudi security forces try to arrest Shiite man

September 27, 2012

RIYADH: Two men were shot dead on Wednesday when Saudi security forces stormed a house to arrest a wanted man in the Qatif region, the focal point of unrest by minority Shiite Muslims.

Shiites have demonstrated against what they perceive as systematic discrimination in the Sunni Muslim-dominated kingdom. But Saudi Arabia, the world's top oil producer, has avoided the sort of broad uprising that has ousted Arab autocrats elsewhere.

Saudi authorities were trying to arrest one of 23 men who the government said were wanted for stirring unrest in Qatif, where 15 people have been killed since November in clashes and protests.

Full report at

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Sep-27/189372-saudi-forces-shoot-dead-two-in-shiite-village.ashx#ixzz27g5GDWga

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BRICS nations call for immediate ceasefire in Syria

Sep 27, 2012

NEW YORK: The BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have called for an immediate ceasefire in Syria and start of a process of political reconciliation as they expressed concern over the worsening security and humanitarian situation in the country.

The BRICS ministers of foreign affairs discussed the situation in Syria when they met here yesterday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly annual session.

The officials "expressed their deep concern with the escalation of violence and the deterioration of the security and humanitarian situation in Syria with reports of growing violations of human rights and of humanitarian international law," a statement issued to the press by the grouping said.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/BRICS-nations-call-for-immediate-ceasefire-in-Syria/articleshow/16569261.cms

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Suicide bombers strike Syrian army HQ, 4 guards killed

 Sep 27 2012

Damascus : Two suicide car bombers struck Syria’s army command headquarters on Wednesday, killing four guards and engulfing a key symbol of President Bashar Assad’s embattled regime in flames, state-run media and witnesses said.

The twin blasts were followed by several hours of gun battles between rebel fighters and regime forces in downtown Damascus. A reporter for an Iranian TV channel also was killed by gunfire near the clashes, and a correspondent for another Iranian station was wounded.

The brazen rebel attacks in the heart of the Syrian capital highlighted their determination to bring down Assad as the country’s civil war intensifies.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/suicide-bombers-strike-syrian-army-hq-4-guards-killed/1008482/

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Syria expects 'positive' dissociation from Lebanon: Makdissi

September 27, 2012

BEIRUT: Syria expects Lebanon to adopt a “positive” form of dissociation towards developments, Syrian Foreign Affairs spokesperson Jihad al-Makdissi said in comments published Thursday.

“We understand Lebanon’s dissociation policy but we want a positive form of dissociation,” Makdissi, speaking to Al-Joumhouria newspaper, said.

Since the uprising took off in Syria last year, the Lebanese government has adopted a policy of dissociation toward developments in the region but particularly in Syria. During a meeting of the recently relaunched National Dialogue in June, rival politicians agreed to distance

Lebanon from events in the region and the crisis in its neighboring country.

Asked what Damascus wished from Beirut, Makdissi said his government expected greater things from its tiny neighbor compared to other states.

Full report at

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2012/Sep-27/189379-syria-expects-positive-dissociation-from-lebanon-makdissi.ashx#ixzz27foTnyAW

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Egypt says no need to amend peace treaty with Israel

September 27, 2012

CAIRO: Egypt sees no reason to make changes to its peace treaty with Israel, presidential spokesman Yasser Ali said in statements carried Thursday by the state-owned paper Al-Ahram.

"There is no need for the moment to amend the Camp David agreement," said Ali who was accompanying President Mohammad Mursi in New York for the meetings of the UN General Assembly.

In 1979, Egypt became the first Arab country to sign a a peace deal with Israel.

The Jewish state has watched with concern as Islamists were catapulted to the forefront of politics following a popular uprising that toppled president Hosni Mubarak.

Mursi, who emerged from the powerful Muslim Brotherhood, has repeatedly said he would respect international treaties signed by Cairo.

Full report at

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Sep-27/189397-egypt-says-no-need-to-amend-peace-treaty-with-israel.ashx#ixzz27g4re2Np

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Aleppo residents caught in crossfire losing faith in rebels

September 27, 2012

By Antonio Pampliega

ALEPPO, Syria: More than two months after the battle for Aleppo began, residents are grumbling about the high cost of the Syrian revolution and accuse rebels of excesses. The romantic image of a people rising up against their tyrannical leader is beginning to fray for some residents of the northern metropolis, whose neighborhoods are the scene of daily bombardments and bloody street battles.

Caught in the crossfire of a war in which they feel sidelined, those most angry even accuse the rebels of using them as “human shields.”

Full report at

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Sep-27/189319-aleppo-residents-caught-in-crossfire-losing-faith-in-rebels.ashx#ixzz27g5JZ2i0

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Kuwait must end abusing stateless: rights groups

September 27, 2012          

KUWAIT CITY: Three global human rights organizations Thursday urged the ruler of the Gulf state of Kuwait to end alleged abusing of more than 100,000 stateless people, locally known as bidoon.

In an unprecedented move, Refugees International, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International jointly wrote a letter to Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, highlighting the plight of bidoons and urging a solution.

"The bidoons are not treated equally before the courts and continue to be denied protection conveyed through nationality and residency, and have been subjected to repeated abuse and discrimination," the letter said.

Full report at

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Sep-27/189382-kuwait-must-end-abusing-stateless-rights-groups.ashx#ixzz27g5DGaCn

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March 14 electoral draft law would harm assimilation: Jumblatt

September 27, 2012

BEIRUT: MP Walid Jumblatt said in remarks Thursday the opposition’s proposal for an electoral law based on small districts would harm national assimilation.

“[I understand] the fear of some Christians but adopting small districts carries dangers most notably that it comes at the expense of integration,” told As-Safir newspaper.

MPs Butros Harb, Sami Gemayel and George Adwan, representing the March 14 alliance, forwarded Thursday morning their own electoral draft law to Parliament’s General Secretariat.

Full report at

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Politics/2012/Sep-27/189375-march-14-electoral-draft-law-would-harm-assimilation-jumblatt.ashx#ixzz27g5A4deZ

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Three Die in Yemen as Bomb Goes Off Outside Courthouse

September 27, 2012

SANAA (Reuters) - Three children died on Thursday in an explosion in front of a courthouse in a remote province of Yemen, where al Qaeda militants are challenging central government authority, a security source said.

Full report at

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/09/27/world/middleeast/27reuters-yemen-bomb-courthouse.html?ref=world&gwh=DD1F3E77981F52D05AF399281A3A0B83

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Up to 700,000 Syrians Could Flee by Year’s End, Refugee Agency Says

September 27, 2012

GENEVA (Reuters) - Up to 700,000 Syrian refugees may flee abroad by the end of the year, the U.N. refugee agency said on Thursday, almost four times its previous forecast for the exodus from the deepening crisis.

About 294,000 refugees fleeing 18 months of conflict in Syria have already crossed into four neighbouring countries - Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey - or await registration there, it said.

Full report at

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/09/27/world/middleeast/27reuters-syria-crisis-refugees.html?ref=middleeast

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Syria tells rebels on mobile phones: 'Game over'

September 27, 2012          

DAMASCUS: Syrian authorities have sent text messages over cell phones nationwide with a message for rebels fighting President Bashar Assad's regime: "Game over."

The messages signed by the Syrian Arab Army also urge the rebels to surrender their weapons and warn the countdown to evict foreign fighters has begun.

Syrians say they began receiving the messages Thursday, a day after rebels bombed a military command center in Damascus - a major security breach of the heavily guarded capital.

Despite the high-profile attack, the two sides have been locked in a stalemate after 18 months of conflict.

Last month, Syrian army helicopters dropped leaflets warning rebels in Damascus to hand over their arms and seek amnesty.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Sep-27/189404-syria-tells-rebels-on-mobile-phones-game-over.ashx#axzz27dyMj020

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Mideast Asia

 

Iran under military threat by 'uncivilized Zionists': Ahmadinejad

Sep 26, 2012

UNITED NATIONS: Iran is under threat of military action from "uncivilized Zionists," a clear reference to Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Wednesday, saying that such threats from big powers are designed to force nations into submission.

"Continued threat by the uncivilized Zionists to resort to military action against our great nation is a clear example of this bitter reality," Ahmadinejad said in a 33-minute speech before the UN General Assembly.

Israel and the United States have refused to rule out the possibility of an armed strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, which the West suspects are intended to produce nuclear weapons bombs but which Tehran says are for solely peaceful purposes.

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-under-military-threat-by-uncivilized-Zionists-Ahmadinejad/articleshow/16560588.cms

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Yemeni president calls for more support to fight Al-Qaeda

September 27, 2012

UNITED NATIONS/SANAA: Yemen’s president called Wednesday for more practical support from abroad to help his country’s security forces fight Al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is based in Yemen and has mounted operations in neighboring Saudi Arabia, as well as attempting to launch attacks against the United States.

“We invite our international partners in combating terrorism to provide more logistical and technical support to the security forces and counterterrorism units and to expand intelligence cooperation,” Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi said in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

“Al-Qaeda today ... has become much weaker than what it was, but we can’t take its threat lightly,” he said.

Full report at

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Sep-27/189357-yemeni-president-calls-for-more-support-to-fight-al-qaeda.ashx#ixzz27g5NzXbw

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Ahmadinejad calls for end to US ‘bullying’, Morsi Syrian civil war

 Sep 27 2012

New York : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that a new world order needs to emerge, away from years of American “bullying” and domination.

On the sidelines of the UN General Assembly his last as president of Iran, Ahmadinejad also discussed solutions for Syria, dismissed the question of Iran’s nuclear ambition and claimed that despite Western sanctions his country is better off than it was when he took office in 2005.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/ahmadinejad-calls-for-end-to-us--bullying--morsi-syrian-civil-war/1008470/

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Middle East Telcos Mull Alliance in Facebook Fight

September 27, 2012

DUBAI (Reuters) - Middle East telecommunications firms are discussing the idea of creating a pan-Arab online platform that would earn them more revenue from their networks by challenging Facebook and other Internet behemoths of the West.

The ambitious project faces technical and financial obstacles and may never be implemented on a large scale. But proponents argue the common language and culture shared by the world's more than 350 million Arabic speakers, plus the webs of affiliated companies which Gulf operators own across the Middle East and North Africa, could make the project viable.

Full report at

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/09/26/technology/26reuters-gulf-telecoms-platform.html?hp

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Iranian diplomat seeks safety from angry protesters after mob threats near UN

Sep 27, 2012

NEW YORK: An Iranian diplomat was escorted from a Manhattan street by New York police on Wednesday after he was surrounded and threatened by an angry mob of protesters near the United Nations.

Deputy foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was walking near the United Nations when he was noticed and confronted by the angry mob on Second Avenue near East 48th Street, said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne. He flagged down police officers, who helped him get to a safe spot. Browne said the threats were believed to have been verbal.

The incident followed a speech by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the UN General Assembly. Outside the building, thousands of anti-Ahmadinejad demonstrators rallied in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza opposite the world body.

Ahmadinejad, known for past fiery denunciations of the United States and Israel, said before the General Assembly that there is a "continued threat by the uncivilized Zionists to resort to military action against our great nation."

Full report at

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iranian-diplomat-seeks-safety-from-angry-protesters-after-mob-threats-near-UN/articleshow/16565993.cms

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Netanyahu to set 'clear red line' for Iran in U.N. speech

September 27, 2012          

NEW YORK: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will set out, in his speech at the United Nations on Thursday, an ultimatum for Iran to halt its disputed nuclear drive or risk coming under military attack, an Israeli official said.

Netanyahu faces the world body after U.S. President Barack Obama disappointed some Israelis, in his own address to the annual assembly, by not calling for a deadline to be imposed on Tehran - though he did say time for diplomacy "is not unlimited".

Israel sees a mortal threat in a nuclear-armed Iran and has long threatened to strike its arch-foe pre-emptively, agitating war-wary world powers as they pursue sanctions and negotiations.

Full report at

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Sep-27/189400-netanyahu-to-set-aposclear-red-lineapos-for-iran-in-un-speech.ashx#ixzz27g85yjZB

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Israel upholds ban on Gaza students in West Bank

September 27, 2012          

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM: Israel's supreme court has upheld a ban on Palestinian students from the Gaza Strip studying in the West Bank.

Israeli and Palestinian rights groups petitioned the court to allow five students from Gaza to travel to the West Bank for a master's program in gender studies. They argue the two separate Palestinian territories should be treated as a single entity.

Full report at

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Sep-27/189406-israel-upholds-ban-on-gaza-students-in-west-bank.ashx#ixzz27g819lgH

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North America

 

Clinton Suggests Link to Qaeda Offshoot in Deadly Libya Attack

By STEVEN LEE MYERS

September 26, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday suggested there was a link between the Qaeda franchise in North Africa and the attack at the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the American ambassador and three others. She was the highest-ranking Obama administration official to publicly make the connection, and her comments intensified what is becoming a fiercely partisan fight over whether the attack could have been prevented.

Full report at

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/world/africa/clinton-cites-clear-link-between-al-

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U.N. Says Syrian Refugee Numbers Are Surging

By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE

September 27, 2012

GENEVA — The number of Syrians fleeing to neighboring countries for safety and aid is likely to exceed 700,000 by the end of the year, according to the United Nations and humanitarian agencies struggling to keep pace with the dramatic surge in numbers in recent weeks.

More than half a million Syrians have already fled the civil war in their county and made their way to surrounding countries, the United Nations’s refugee agency estimates, but only 294,000 have registered as refugees or are waiting to do so. If the present trend continues, the number of registered refugees is likely to reach 710,000 by the end of the year, Panos Moumtzis, the agency’s regional coordinator for Syrian refugees said on Thursday.

Full report at

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/28/world/middleeast/un-says-syrian-refugee-numbers-are-surging.html?ref=middleeast&gwh=31DD0557398F4816AC99C1B064B13083

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U.S. actress sues anti-Islam filmmaker, YouTube in federal court

September 27, 2012

LOS ANGELES: An actress who said she was duped into appearing in an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests across the Muslim world took her legal bid to federal court on Wednesday in a renewed effort to force it off YouTube.

The lawsuit filed by Cindy Lee Garcia names the popular online video site YouTube and its parent company Google Inc. as defendants, along with the Egyptian-American Coptic Christian from California believed to be behind the making of the film.

Last week, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge denied Garcia's request for a temporary restraining order that would have required YouTube to stop posting the crudely made 13-minute video, finding the actress was unlikely to prevail on the merits of her case in state court.

Full report at

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/2012/Sep-27/189373-us-actress-sues-anti-islam-filmmaker-youtube-in-federal-court.ashx#ixzz27g52MBHm

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Jordan arrests 8 Syrian refugees over camp riots

September 27, 2012          

AMMAN: Jordan has arrested eight Syrian refugees suspected of involvement in riots this week at a refugee camp close to the border with Syria and is enforcing stricter security measures at the facility.

A Jordanian prosecutor said Thursday the eight refugees were taken into custody and transferred to a state security court. He spoke on condition of anonymity because of an ongoing investigation into the incident.

Full report at

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Sep-27/189392-jordan-arrests-8-syrian-refugees-over-camp-riots.ashx#ixzz27foPppsx

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Pakistan's next UN ambassador says time for Afghan refugees to return home

By Huma Imtiaz

 September 27, 2012

NEW YORK: While saying that Pakistan never “gloated” about hosting Afghan refugees or claimed that they were a burden, Pakistan’s next ambassador to the UN mission in New York, Masood Khan, said that it was time for them to “return home”.

In a press briefing, Khan said that the Afghan refugees living in Pakistan should return home with “dignity and honour” and urged for the international community’s help in the matter. He added that Pakistan had limited resources and asked for Afghanistan’s cooperation in repatriating Afghan families.

Full report at

http://tribune.com.pk/story/443315/time-for-afghan-refugees-to-return-home-pakistan/

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Diaries of ex-Gitmo detainee: Reminding Obama of a ‘broken promise’

By Tahir Khan

 September 27, 2012

ISLAMABAD: US President Barack Obama has been served with a bitter reminder by the first Pakistani prisoner who was set free from a controversial US detention centre in Cuba.

A former inmate of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre reminded President Obama of his repeated promises to shut the notorious facility — where dozens of detainees continue to languish without trial.

Full report at

http://tribune.com.pk/story/443193/diaries-of-ex-gitmo-detainee-reminding-obama-of-a-broken-promise/

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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speech reminder why Iran can't be nuclear: Romney

Sep 27 2012

Washington : Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has said that the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's investigative speech at the UN, highlights why the Tehran can never be allowed to develop nuclear weapon capabilities.

"Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech at the United Nations today and his remarks earlier this week reminded the world why Iran's regime can never be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons capability," Romney said in a statement after the speech of the Iranian president, which was boycotted by the US delegation to the United Nations.

Full report at

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/mahmoud-ahmadinejad-speech-reminder-why-iran-cant-be-nuclear-romney/1008648/

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Cyber warfare Emerges From Shadows for Public Discussion by U.S. Officials

By SCOTT SHANE

September 26, 2012

WASHINGTON — For years, even as the United States carried out sophisticated cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear program and the Pentagon created a Cyber Command, officials have been hesitant to discuss American offensive cyberwarfare programs openly. Since June, in fact, F.B.I. agents have been investigating leaks to The New York Times about the computer attacks on Tehran.

Full report at

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/us/us-officials-opening-up-on-

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