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Islamic World News ( 8 Sept 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Pak terror link to High Court blast mail

Pak tribesmen attack Hindus over 'sexual assault' of girl

UK hands out life term to Pak-born Taliban recruiter

War on terror: China slams US, allies for double standards

5 Bangladeshi terrorists sneak into West Bengal

Delhi HC blast: HuJI email sender detained

Gaza militant killed as new Palestinian mosque attacked

Jihadist group claims Xinjiang attacks

Baha Mousa died after gratuitous violence by UK soldiers’

13 Sudanese policemen killed in clashes in Darfur

Officials: bombs kill 8 people around Afghanistan

3 Indians killed in ship explosion off Nigeria, 10 rescued

US soldier killed BBC reporter in Afghanistan

Lacoste brand 'seeking Anders Breivik clothes ban'

Maldives: Shaviyani man arrested for molesting one year-old daughter

Maldives: Islamic Ministry re-sends amended Religious Unity Regulation

ISI responsible for death of Americans in Afghanistan: Senator

After serial emails strike cops, Ahmedabad is put on alert

From London to Mumbai, al Qaeda still a threat: Clinton

Taliban set conditions for release of Bajaur boys

Captain Jihad: Ex-Terrorist Is Now Comic Book Hero

Delhi blast: Common thread, but bombs different

H C Blast: No clear leads yet as two more terror emails arrive

No leads yet, police scan calls made to Pak, Nepal

High Court Bomber sketches off mark, fresh one soon

MHA claims vital leads in HC bomb blast probe

The real reasons why Bengal CM missed Dhaka

67.6pc women literate in Bangladesh

Bangladesh: Frustrated enclave people on fast-unto-death

Bangladesh: 4 get life for throwing acid in Habiganj

Interpol calls for arrest of Qadhafi, son Saif

MQM Chief says foreign forces conspiring to dismember Pak, kill him

Pak would have faced US, India after 9/11: Musharraf

10 yrs after 9/11, world keeps fingers crossed

Arab Spring strongest answer to 9/11: EU

Tapes reveal cries of help & rescue calls as terror hit NYC

‘2008 theatre blasts not a terrorist act’

U.S. launches massive manhunt for three terror suspects

WikiLeaks: Mirwaiz wanted LoC as border, CMs on rotation

Syria braced for another Friday of protests

Al-Qaida on the path to defeat: Obama

Iraqis mourn slain journalist, call for reforms

‘Sarabjit's condition deteriorating in Pakistan prison'

Libya conflict: Gaddafi general 'flees to Niger'

Bahrain medics released on bail after hunger strike

Tony Blair criticises Iran and Syria regimes

Somalia denies CIA rendition base in Mogadishu

Palestine to submit statehood bid on Sept 19

Any act of terrorism is criminal: UNSC

Turkish warships to escort aid ships to Gaza

Pakistan bans bin Laden home visits ahead of 9/11

Tunisia tries to calm rising violence

Iran tells UN it will hit back at any attack

Syrian activists appeal for help

'Osama was planning to strike US on anniversary

9/11: Bon Jovi sings for firefighters

Language tests for Kyrgyz presidential runners

Syria opposition delegation says dialogue at dead end

Ex-President Ibrahim Nasir’s family seeks assets

Sudan, South Sudan to pull out troops from Abyei - UN

Terror threat against New York credible: Mayor Bloomberg

Zardari asks world community to help flood victims

Egypt freezes new satellite TV station licenses

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Pak terror link to High Court blast mail

By Dalip Singh

Sep 10 2011

THE security agencies probing Wednesday’s blast at the Delhi High Court have found evidence which point to the involvement of elements from across the border in the dastardly attack that killed 13 persons.

A college student, Shoaib Ahmad Sheikh, who had sent the first email claiming responsibility for the attack, has reportedly confessed to the investigators that he got the orders to send the mail from “across the border”. Sheikh had sent the mail from a cyber café in Kishtwar, Jammu on Wednesday, to a media house, hours after the attack from email address: harkatuljihadi2011@ gmail. com.

He was identified on the basis of the physical description given by the owner of the Global Cyber Café, from where the mail had been sent. A team of NIA, forensic experts from Hyderabad and Jammu police is interrogating the first year college student from Kishtwar. Sources said Sheikh has told the interrogators that he was ordered to send the mail after the high intensity blast. Though the blast took place at 10.14 am, the terror mail claiming responsibility landed up on television channel offices at 1.14 pm.

Sources confirmed that the teenager has confessed before the interrogating team that he was told by “ people from across the border” that he should wait for a newsbreak or an intimation of the blast and then send the mail to television channels. This suggests that the author of the mail did not know about the intended target and timing of the blast – which is part of terrorists’ modus operandi where cells operate on the need to know basis.

Sources also said Sheikh had received two international calls on his mobile phone on the day of the blast, one from Pakistan and another from Saudi Arabia. However, the investigators are trying to find out why did he take so much time in sending the email? The mail merely named Harkatul Jehadi, but the investigation and intelligence agencies are interpreting it as the brainchild of Harkat- ul- Jehadi Islami ( HuJI) — the first Pakistan- based terror outfit raised by Fazalur Rehman Khalil. It, however, disintegrated into various other groups, including the one that operated out of Bangladesh. Pakistan- based HuJI’s operational commander Ilyas Kashmiri is said to have been killed in a US drone attack on June 4, 2010.

At the press conference on Friday, Union home minister P. Chidambaram too did not rule out cross- border links to the blast.

He, however, said every organisation will only be a suspect until the investigation agencies get evidence to nail the perpetrator of terror strike, the second at Delhi High Court since May.

While claiming “ promising leads” into the blast probe, Chidambaram also said that help of foreign security agencies were also being taken to get to the bottom of the terror strike.

Post Wednesday attack, the television channels and police are being flooded with emails claiming responsibility of the blasts. So far, four terror mails have come up. Out of them, one has used the identity of Harkatul Jehadi, while the remaining are attributed to home- grown terror outfit – Indian Mujahideen ( IM).

Sources interpret the remaining three mails as an attempt either to mislead investigators and create an impression that it has not been orchestrated from across the border or they could be just pranks.

The latest mail has been again sent by a person named ‘ Chottoo’ who claims to be a member of the IM. The previous mail – written under the assumed name of ‘ Ali Saed El Hoorie’ of the IM – was sent to the official email address of the Delhi Police: delpol@ nic. in on Thursday.

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Pak tribesmen attack Hindus over 'sexual assault' of girl

Sep 10 2011

Karachi : A group of Hindus in Pakistan's Sindh province came under "revenge" attack from enraged Kalhoro tribesmen, amid allegations of sexual assault of a minor girl by a member of the minority community, leading to the death of two people.

"More than two dozen armed men attacked Hindu's properties in Pannu Aqil town on Thursday as a revenge for the alleged sexual assault of a Kalhoro girl by a private school's gatekeeper, who is said to be a Hindu," Pannu Aqil SHO Javed Alam said.

A heavy contingent of police reached the town to push back the attackers, killing two of them in an exchange of fire.

A policeman and a Hindu trader were among the several others who were injured in the incident.

Hindus live in large numbers in the interior areas of southern Sindh province since Partition of the subcontinent in 1947.

Fearing a backlash from the tribesmen amid the allegations of sexual assault of the seven-year-old Kalhoro girl, the Hindus in Pannu Aqil town had kept their businesses shut.

However, the tribesmen torched three of their shops.

On Wednesday, the girl was on her way to home when a gatekeeper of a private school, Sadhu Ram, allegedly lured her into the school and attempted to sexually assault her.

The girl fainted while screaming for help following which the gatekeeper locked her in a classroom.

After hearing the girl's scream for help, few people went inside the school and found her lying unconscious in a classroom. However, the gatekeeper managed to escape.

The accused, Sadhu Ram, was later arrested from Rohri on the charges of sexually assaulting the girl.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-tribesmen-attack-hindus-over-sexual-assault-of-girl/844328/

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UK hands out life term to Pak-born Taliban recruiter

Sep 10 2011

London: A British court on Friday sentenced a 54-yearold Pakistan-born man to life imprisonment for recruiting volunteers in the United Kingdom to go to Afghanistan to kill British soldiers.

A Manchester court found Munir Farooqi guilty of preparing for acts of terrorism and three counts of soliciting murder and distributing terrorist literature.You are in my judgment a very dangerous man,an extremist,a fundamentalist with a determination to fight abroad, said the judge.

The bald,bearded fanatic had an email address osamawanabe,recruited and brainwashed susceptible young men before persuading them to travel to training camps and battlefields in Afghanistan to combat the western coalition including British forces.

His cold-blooded message was: Fight,kill and die.

Two other men Israr Malik (23) and Matthew Newton (29) were convicted with Farooqi.The three were caught in a police sting operation wherein two undercover officers infiltrated their plot.Both were found guilty of preparing for acts of terrorism.Malik was also found guilty on two counts of soliciting murder,while Newton was convicted on two counts of disseminating terrorist publications.They will serve a minimum of five and six years in prison.

The group used religious stalls in Manchesters city centre to convert people to Islam prior to radicalizing them by feeding terrorist texts,CDs and DVDs.In effect,they would be groomed to carry out terror acts.The two plain-clothed officers,using aliases of Simon and Ray,penetrated the plotters more than a year back,winning the trust of their leader Farooqi.

Times of India

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War on terror: China slams US, allies for double standards

Sep 10 2011

Beijing: Chinas state media on Friday accused Western countries of double standards in their fight against terrorism,ahead of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 attacks.

The comment piece by the official Xinhua news agency blamed Washington in particular for turning a blind eye to the damage caused by extremists in Russias Chechnya and in Chinas own far-western region of Xinjiang.

Nearly 10 years after 9/11,Xinhua said the fight against terror was far from over,with terrorists changing tactics and increasing collaboration with separatists and religious extremists.

A bigger challenge to the worlds anti-terror effort,though,is a lack of a common standard, the comment said.

In particular,the US and its Western allies have repeatedly used double standards on anti-terror issues,which have obstructed the progress of the global effort.

Xinhua pointed to the US refusal in 2009 to extradite back to China members of its mainly Muslim Uighur minority held at US military prison camp Guantanamo Bay who were cleared of wrongdoing as an example of double standards.

Times of India

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5 Bangladeshi terrorists sneak into West Bengal

RAKTIMA BOSE

Sep 10 2011

A high alert was sounded by the West Bengal police throughout the State late on Thursday after a Central intelligence input indicated that five militants of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen terror outfit have crossed over to the State recently from Bangladesh to carry out terror attacks.

Coming in the wake of the Delhi High Court blast that killed 13 persons and subsequent terror mails threatening more attacks, the intelligence input had a scrambling effect on the State security agencies – particularly with the coming festive season.

“We received an input from our counterparts in the Centre that five militants of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen terror outfit have sneaked into West Bengal a few days back through the porous border in Malda district. The militants have subsequently split up in three groups and headed in different directions to carry out terror attacks, possibly in crowded marketplaces or court premises or at important installations like airports or railway stations,” a senior State Intelligence Branch official said here on Friday.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2439846.ece

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Delhi HC blast: HuJI email sender detained

Sep 9, 2011

NEW DELHI: The person who sent the first 'HuJI' email claiming responsibility for the Delhi high court blast has been taken into custody.

The email sender had used a computer in Kishtwar Global cyber cafe in J&K. He is being interrogated, highly placed sources said.

Earlier, the police had prepared a sketch of the suspected email sender from Kishtwar district and launched operations to track him down.

As per the description provided by the detained persons including the cyber cafe owner, the sender is a 17-18 year old boy.

In Delhi, the police have prepared the third sketch of a suspect in the blast case.

Delhi Police Commissioner B K Gupta said he has formed three teams led by DCP Ashok Chand, Arun Kampani and Ravi Shankar to solve the blast case. This team will assist NIA.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Delhi-HC-blast-HuJI-email-sender-

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Gaza militant killed as new Palestinian mosque attacked

Sep 9, 2011

A Palestinian militant has been killed and two others wounded in an explosion in the Gaza Strip, medics say.

The Islamic Jihad militant group blamed an Israeli air strike for the death of Remah al-Hasani, a member of its military wing, the al-Quds Brigades.

But Israel's army denied any role in Wednesday's late-night incident.

On Tuesday evening, an Israeli air raid on Gaza killed a militant from the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC) and wounded a father and his two sons.

The latest violence comes despite a ceasefire that came into force after a spasm of violence that followed a militant attack in Eilat on 18 August, which left eight Israelis dead.

Mosque attack

Meanwhile, settler violence in the West Bank has also increased in recent days.

Vandals sprayed graffiti on a mosque near Nablus, torched two Palestinian cars and uprooted olive trees in overnight attacks on Thursday that locals blamed on Jewish settlers.

The mosque in Yatma village, some 10km (six miles) south of Nablus, was spray-painted with the Hebrew words for "price tag" and "Migron" - a settlement outpost where Israeli troops demolished three homes on Monday.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14836090

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Jihadist group claims Xinjiang attacks

ANANTH KRISHNAN

9 September 2011

A Jihadist group has claimed responsibility for recent violence in China’s far-western Xinjiang region, saying in a video message that the attacks, which left up to 40 people dead in two cities, were “revenge” against the Chinese government.

The Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP), an Islamist group that has carried out several attacks in Xinjiang and other parts of China and has called for the Muslim-majority Western region’s independence, said in a video message it had been behind knife-attacks and blasts in Hotan and Kashgar that left up to 40 people, including at least 20 attackers, dead.

The 10-minute 44-second video message, which showed TIP leader Abdul Shakoor Damla, was the first claim of responsibility for the attacks, which Chinese authorities had blamed on terrorists trained in camps in Pakistan. The United States-based SITE Intelligence Group said the video was made by the TIP, the Associated Press reported.

Asked about the video and the TIP's claims, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Liu Weimin said: “I haven’t seen the video you mentioned. Our principled position is that at present, a small handful of terrorist forces with the name of East Turkestan, out of motives of splitting China, are conducting rampant violent terrorist activities within China’s border [and] seriously undermine China’s national unity, and regional peace and stability.”

If the claims are proved accurate, the video will reaffirm Chinese fears of the TIP’s growing presence in neighbouring Pakistan, and also question claims by overseas exiled Uighur groups who had blamed the suppression of protests by police for triggering violence in Hotan.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2435003.ece

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Baha Mousa died after gratuitous violence by UK soldiers’

9 September 2011

LONDON: An Iraqi civilian who died in British custody in Basra in 2003 suffered ‘serious gratuitous violence’ at the hands of British soldiers, an independent inquiry found on Thursday.

Hotel receptionist Baha Mousa, 26, was hooded, assaulted and held in stress positions along with nine other Iraqi detainees following their detention by 1st Battalion the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment (1QLR), it said. The inquiry chaired by a retired judge found numerous soldiers were involved in the abuse in September 2003 and accused others of a ‘lack of moral courage’ in failing to report what was happening.

It also said the Ministry of Defence was guilty of a ‘corporate failure’ to prevent such abuse, saying it had no proper doctrine on interrogation methods at the time of the British and US invasion of Iraq in March 2003. Defence Secretary Liam Fox described the events detailed as ‘deplorable, shocking and shameful’, saying there were no excuses. Lawyers representing Mousa’s family called for the soldiers responsible to face prosecution, after all but one were cleared in a court martial in 2006-07.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\09\story_9-9-2011_pg4_3

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13 Sudanese policemen killed in clashes in Darfur

Sep 9, 2011

KHARTOUM: Around 13 Sudanese policemen were killed and 33 injured in clashes with armed groups in the troubled region of Darfur, officials said on Friday.

“13 policemen were killed and 33 injured in Jebel Marra in South Darfur on Thursday night,” said a police spokesman. “I don’t have any more details now.”

The governor of South Darfur, Abdel Hamid Kasha, told Reuters that police had been trying to free three soldiers taken hostage by unknown armed groups when clashes erupted, adding that details were unclear.

Kasha denied a report by Sudanese daily Al-Ahdath that one of the hostages was 34-year old Italian aid worker Francesco Azzara who was abducted in South Darfur by an armed group last month.

“The Italian is another case,” Kasha said.

A counter-insurgency campaign against non-Arab rebels in Darfur in 2003 sparked a humanitarian crisis in the western Sudan region in which more than two million people have fled their homes, according to the United Nations.

Violence has ebbed from its peak in 2003-2004 but analysts say there is no end in sight to the conflict because of divisions among the reblels.

Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes in Darfur.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article499449.ece

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Officials: bombs kill 8 people around Afghanistan

9 September 2011

KABUL, Afghanistan: Roadside bombs killed eight people around Afghanistan in the past two days as security forces braced for a possible spike in violence ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks against the United States, NATO and Afghan officials said Thursday.

NATO said two of its service members were killed in the south and officials said a Turkish engineer and five Afghan soldiers were killed in separate incidents in the country’s west and east. NATO did not provide any further details about the attack and did not prove their nationalities. The NATO deaths bring the total in September for international forces to seven. A total of 330 members of the international military coalition have died do far this year.

The police chief for Afghanistan’s western regions, Zia Uddin Mahmoodi, said the Turkish engineer working on road construction projects in western Herat province’s Adraskan district when his vehicle hit a bomb. Two of his bodyguards were wounded.

In Kabul, the Defense Ministry announced that a roadside bomb in eastern Khost province killed five Afghan soldiers on Wednesday. The ministry gave no other details.

Afghan security forces have been placed on alert and many international aid organizations and embassies have advised foreigners living and working in Afghanistan to limit their movements over the weekend starting Friday — which marks the 10th anniversary of the death of legendary Northern Alliance leader Ahmed Shah Massood. He was killed in a suicide bombing two days before the Sept. 11 attacks, and his forces later helped the United States rout the Taleban after the Oct. 7 invasion of Afghanistan.

http://arabnews.com/world/article499192.ece

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3 Indians killed in ship explosion off Nigeria, 10 rescued

9 September 2011

ABUJA: Three Indians were killed while 10 others were rescued when a Liberian-flagged ship with 15 sailors onboard exploded off Nigeria's territorial waters.

The three were confirmed dead while two persons were reported missing after tragedy struck the ship, ITB Jacksonville, near Apapa port in Nigerian city of Lagos on Sunday.

Ten persons, all of them Indians, were rescued after the incident and taken to a hospital for emergency medical attention.

"All the rescued persons were Indians. They were taken to a search and rescue hospital in Apapa port in Lagos," a spokesperson for the Nigerian Maritime Administration (NIMASA), Lami Tumaka, said.

Three bodies were later recovered but two are still missing.

NIMASA is the body responsible for rescue operations on Nigeria's territorial waters.

On the origin of the ship, Tumaka said the vessel was flying Liberian flag though the documents found on it said Panama, which made the origin difficult to ascertain.

Eyewitnesses said the ship's engine exploded and the vessel went ablaze as it approached Nigeria's commercial capital of Lagos.

The fire spread very fast but a search and rescue operation succeeded in rescuing some people, an eyewitness said.

The accident occurred barely a day after another incident on an oil ship threw three workers off board with one person still missing.

French company, Total Oil Company, for which the ship was operating in its field off Nigeria's coast, said the accident was caused when a crane collapsed on the drilling ship.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/3-Indians-killed-in-ship-explosion-

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US soldier killed BBC reporter in Afghanistan

9 September 2011

KABUL: The Nato-led foreign military force in Afghanistan admitted Thursday that a US soldier shot dead an Afghan journalist working for the BBC in July after mistaking him for a suicide bomber.

Ahmed Omed Khpulwak, 25, was killed in a case of ‘mistaken identity’ shortly after 20 people died in a suicide bombing at the office where he was working in troubled southern Afghanistan.

The US soldier responsible for his death is not facing any disciplinary action in connection with the incident, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jimmie Cummings said.

Cummings could not confirm whether the soldier was still on active duty in Afghanistan.

“After a thorough investigation, it was determined the reporter was killed in a case of mistaken identity,” ISAF said in a statement.

“Mr Khpulwak was shot by an ISAF member who believed he was an insurgent that posed a threat and was about to detonate a suicide vest improvised explosive device.” It said the soldier involved had “complied with the laws of armed conflict and rules of engagement and acted reasonably under the circumstances.” Khpulwak’s death on July 28 came after two suicide bombers struck the offices of state broadcaster RTA (Radio Television Afghanistan) in Uruzgan province in Afghanistan’s south, an area seen as the Taliban’s heartland.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/09/us-soldier-killed-bbc-reporter-in-afghanistan-2.html

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Lacoste brand 'seeking Anders Breivik clothes ban'

Sep 9, 2011

Lacoste has reportedly asked Norwegian police to prevent mass killer Anders Breivik wearing the brand in court.

The French clothing label wrote to Norway's police authorities to make the request, Dagbladet newspaper reports.

Far-right extremist Breivik has admitted killing 77 people during bomb and gun attacks in July.

Breivik - who has reportedly said Lacoste is his favourite brand - has been pictured wearing the label since his arrest.

Lacoste has not yet commented on the reports that they are worried by the association with their brand.

On his way to be questioned over the killings, Breivik was pictured wearing a red Lacoste jumper.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14853021

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Maldives: Shaviyani man arrested for molesting one year-old daughter

By Minivan News

9 September 2011

A man from Shaviyani Atoll was arrested last Thursday on the island of Kulhuduffushi in Haa Dhaal Atoll for allegedly molesting his one-year-old daughter.

The man, who is married to a woman from Kulhuduffushi, was described as older but is not known to have a criminal record, according to Police Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam.

The abuse was discovered by a younger sister in the family, Shiyam said.

After notifying the island’s Family and Children Services Centre, the family took the baby to a nearby hospital for inspection.

“Doctors confirmed that the baby had been sexually abused, and we are investigating to see how long this has been going on,” Shiyam said.

http://minivannews.com/society/shaviyani-man-arrested-for-molesting-one-year-old-

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Maldives: Islamic Ministry re-sends amended Religious Unity Regulation

9 September 2011

MALE, September 8 (HNS) – Islamic Ministry has re-sent the Religious Unity Regulation with amendments to the President’s Office after the office sent the revised regulation to the ministry for its final word.

Islamic Minister Dr Abdul Majeed Abdul Bari said the “elements removed” by the President’s Office were included in the amended regulation sent to the office for gazetting. He, however, did not disclose the details.

Press Secretary at the President’s Office Mohamed Zuhair said the regulation would be published in the gazette “without much delay”.

“The ministry made the amendments after consulting us. Therefore, I don’t find a reason to delay gazetting the regulation,” he said.

Zuhair earlier said the regulation consists of three categories; matters to be dealt with by the Islamic Ministry, matters not included in the ministry’s mandate and the responsibilities of the Fiqh Academy.

http://www.haveeru.com.mv/english/details/38125

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ISI responsible for death of Americans in Afghanistan: Senator

Sep 09 2011

Washington : Terming Pakistan's intelligence service as the biggest danger to the Afghan government, a top US Senator has said that spy agency ISI was responsible for the death of several Americans inside war-ravaged Afghanistan.

"Pakistan has become the main threat to Afghanistan. Pakistan's intelligence service is the biggest danger to the Afghan government. It is also a tremendous threat to the lives of American troops," Senator Mark Kirk said in his speech early this week after his third two-week Afghan assignment as Naval Reserve Intelligence Commander.

"Let me be clear: many Americans died in Afghanistan because of Pakistan's ISI. Afghans are most victimised by their neighbours, the Pakistanis," he said.

"I first served as a reservist in Afghanistan in 2008. I believed that Pakistan was complicated, that we have many interests there and that we must advance diplomatically. I no longer agree with that," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/isi-responsible-for-death-of-americans-in-afghanistan-

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After serial emails strike cops, Ahmedabad is put on alert

Rahul Tripathi

Sep 10 2011

New Delhi : Two more emails, purportedly from the Indian Mujahideen, popped up today claiming responsibility for the Delhi High Court blast and threatening more strikes. One of the mails specifically mentioned Ahmedabad as the target, prompting authorities to put the city on high alert. And yet, investigators admitted that the mails could be part of a prank and they had few substantive leads to follow.

The Delhi Police last night received an e-mail (the third after the blast — the first two were addressed to media organisations) from a group identifying itself as the Indian Mujahideen which claimed responsibility for the explosion. Police said the mail, sent from kill.indian@yahoo.com, was traced to a proxy server in Moscow.

Curiously, it was signed by Ali Saed El-Hoorie — Ali Saed Bin Ali El-Hoorie, incidentally, is a Saudi fugitive on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) most wanted list and carries a reward of $5 million.

This mail sent to the Delhi Police’s official website said that the next explosions would be “so cruel that you people wont be able to forget it.” It said the strike would be at “1,8,5,13,4,1,2,1,4 — Ahemdabad (misspelled), if the numbers are replaced by letters of the English alphabet as per their sequence.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/after-serial-emails-strike-cops-ahmedabad-is-put-on-

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From London to Mumbai, al Qaeda still a threat: Clinton

Sep 10 2011

New York : Despite being on a path to defeat since Osama's bin Laden's death, al Qeada continues to pose a security threat in cities from London to Mumbai, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said today, noting that the US is taking "seriously" the terror threat ahead of 9/11 anniversary.

"We are meeting here... amid reports that al Qaeda is again seeking to harm Americans. This should surprise no one. But it is a reminder of the continuing stakes in our struggle against violent extremism.

"We are taking this threat seriously, and federal, state and local authorities are taking all necessary steps to address it," Clinton said in a speech at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/from-london-to-mumbai-al-qaeda-still-a-threat-

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Taliban set conditions for release of Bajaur boys

9 September 2011

KUNAR: The Pakistani Taliban who are holding more than 20 young tribesmen hostage in an area straddling the border with Afghanistan have demanded the release of scores of prisoners and an end to tribal elders’ support of offensives against them.

The teenage tribesmen from Pakistan’s northwestern Bajaur tribal region were abducted by the militants last week while they were on an outing in Afghanistan’s border province of Kunar on Eidul Fitr.

“If the Pakistan government and the tribal elders don’t respond to our demands, we will not free the boys,” Mullah Dadullah, the Taliban commander in Bajaur, told a group of reporters who were taken to a border hideout on Tuesday.

Four of the 23 prisoners who were between the age of 15 to 21 were shown to reporters during the visit to the area between Marah Warah district in Kunar province and the Bajaur tribal region.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\09\story_9-9-2011_pg7_4

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Captain Jihad: Ex-Terrorist Is Now Comic Book Hero

9 September 2011

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The real life adventures of former al-Qaida-linked terrorist Nasir Abas have become a new comic book in Indonesia, chronicling his transformation from militant to invaluable ally in the fight against terrorism.

The story of the soft-spoken, seemingly mild-mannered 42-year-old — recognized by strangers on the streets and even asked for the occasional autograph — is well-known in the world's most populous Muslim country.

He went from helping train Muslim militants who carried out some of Southeast Asia's deadliest attacks, including the 2002 Bali bombings, to informing police about the inner-workings of the Jemaah Islamiyah terror network.

He's also joined a government program to convince convicted terrorists that killing unarmed civilians in the name of their faith is wrong.

"I want children to learn from my experience," Abas said of the colorful 137-page comic "I Found the Meaning of Jihad," which appears in bookstores Friday and will be handed out at some schools and libraries.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2011/09/09/world/asia/AP-AS-Indonesia-Terror-

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Delhi blast: Common thread, but bombs different

Neeraj Chauhan

Sep 10 2011

New Delhi: Three days after a bomb ripped through the Delhi high court,the police are still grappling for clues.But the only fact it could state with certainty was that the bombs used in the four unsolved blast cases were not identifical.And despite HuJI claiming first responsibility for the strike,the police are veering around to the fact that Black Wednesday was the handiwork of Indian Mujahideen.

Talking to TOI,a police officer said,bombs used in the Mehrauli blast of September 2008,Jama Masjid blast of September 2010,Delhi High Court blasts of May 25 and September 7 were not all identical.The bomb used in Wednesdays blast was most powerful,while the other ones were crudely designed. Police sources said there could be only one group behind the blasts,hinting at IM.But the terror outfit may have different wings with fresh splinter groups,who may have triggered the blast.

Forensic samples collected from the blast site are being examined by the CFSL and National Security Guard (NSG).These include eight sharpnels,traces of explosive from at least 20 spots,pieces of briefcase and clothes.A formal report is expected to come by Saturday.The primary report,however,suggests that the bomb was packed with nitrate laced with PETN and fuel oil.

Full report at: Times of India

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H C blast: No clear leads yet as two more terror emails arrive

Sep 10 2011

New Delhi: There are promising leads on the Delhi High Court blast and while they were not conclusive,investigators are working round the clock to achieve a breakthrough in the terror attack that killed 13 and injured 88,home minister P Chidambaram said on Friday.

As far as investigations are concerned,there are promising leads but I can't yet call them very conclusive leads, Chidambaram told the media.I wish to emphasize leads are being worked on round-the-clock and we are seeking help from other agencies from around the world too, he said.

The home minister revealed that the person who sent an email from Kishtwar in Jammu on Wednesday claiming Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami is behind the blast has been held and is being questioned.He has been named as Suhaid.Delhi police also detained four persons for questioning on Friday.

Full report at: Times of India

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No leads yet, police scan calls made to Pak, Nepal

Dwaipayan Ghosh

Sep 10 2011

New Delhi: In an attempt to make headway in Wednesdays terror attack,security agencies and the police are investigating several calls and emails that have been exchanged in the past six months especially after the low-intensity blast outside Delhi high court on May 25.

Four emails have been received since the day of the blast.Though it isnt clearwhether the electronic messages were a prank or sent with an intent to confuse investigators,a special team is scanning through international calls made to Bangladesh,Nepal and Pakistan.

Cops say they have already scanned over 350 calls and are trying to find out if any coded language was being used to communicate.Police officers are also investigating emails and monitoring several social networking sites.We have zeroed in on a few people in Noida,Ghaziabad and the trans-Yamuna region.We have questioned one couple and some more people are in the queue.We have sought help from telecom operators to assist us in our probe.Similarly,along with the NIA teams and other ATS teams,we are in touch with Yahoo and Google for further leads not only on the four emails,but all messages which we believe were cryptic in nature, said a source.

Full report at: Times of India

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High Court Bomber sketches off mark, fresh one soon

Dwaipayan Ghosh

Sep 10 2011

New Delhi: Three days after the blast,there is still no clarity on the sketches of terror suspects issued by Delhi Police.The special cell had released two sketches based on inputs by eyewitnesses on Wednesday.Failing to get any leads,cops say they are in the process of issuing a third sketch.

Cops said they were not sure about the number of suspects involved.It could be one,two or even three persons.The eyewitnesses have tried their best to describe the bombers.Sketches were prepared keeping broad features of the suspects in mind.We issued the sketches within hours of getting the inputs as an eyewitnesss memory is usually fresh only for the next few hours after an incident.After being questioned by NIA,eyewitnesses have given us the required inputs.We plan to release the third sketch before the media on Saturday, said an investigating officer.

Full report at: Times of India

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MHA claims vital leads in HC bomb blast probe

Sep 10 2011

UNION home minister P. Chidambaram on Friday said there were “ promising leads” in the Delhi blast probe, but nothing conclusive could yet be said about the organisation responsible for the attack.

Chidambaram said the person, who had sent an e- mail purportedly from Harkatul Jehadi taking responsibility for the blast, has been taken into custody in Kishtwar for interrogation. Shoaib Ahmad Sheikh, a resident of Kishtwar and first- year student at the Degree College, was detained after sustained questioning of the owner of the Global Cyber Café, from where the e- mail claiming the Delhi High Court blast responsibility was sent to various media organisations.

Kishtwar and Doda are the only Jammu districts where the HuJI ultras were active till recently.

Another e- mail has been received by the Delhi Police from one Ali Saed El- Hoorie from kill. india@ yahoo. com. It carried a coded message in numerical numbers disclosing the Indian Mujahedeen’s next target, which was decoded as Ahmedabad.

“ None of the e- mails is being dismissed though Friday’s e- mail seems amateurish – the simple code was cracked within minutes… but we are taking it seriously. Gujarat has been alerted,” Chidambaram said.

Full report at: Mail Today

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The real reasons why Didi missed Dhaka

By Soudhriti Bhabani

Sep 10 2011

WEST Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has drawn a lot of flak for the Teesta water sharing deal between India and Bangladesh falling through.

Her refusal to accompany Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Dhaka came as a huge blow and didn’t go down well within the Congress. While her action has been dismissed as egocentric, there seems to be more than what meets the eye.

Mamata, it seems, had her own political consideration behind her decision to drive a spanner in the Teesta project. Sources said one of the major factors was that Mamata wanted to win over the traditional vote bank of the Congress, spread over the north Bengal region.

Malda, Jalpaiguri and North Dinajpur are the three Congress stronghold districts in north Bengal.

The party ( Congress) also had a sizable support base in parts of Darjeeling district, which has now switched allegiance to Trinamool Congress.

Political observers feel that despite the absolute majority in the state assembly, Trinamool Congress is basically seen as a ‘ south Bengal- based political party’. So, this was a golden opportunity for Mamata to capitalise on the sentiment of a large number of people living in north Bengal over the Teesta water- sharing deal.

“ It was a political ploy to displace the Congress from large parts of north Bengal over the sensitive Teesta water- sharing issue and also to secure the Opposition votes ( mainly CPMs) into the Trinamool fold,” a source said.

Full report at: Mail Today

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67.6pc women literate in Bangladesh

9 September 2011

The literacy rate of women in Bangladesh is 67.6 percent, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday.

He said the government has ensured equity in male and female student ratio at primary and secondary levels, yet reducing the drop out rate and ensuring standard education at all levels remain a big challenge, said an official handout.

The minister made the observation when presenting a country paper at the first plenary session of an international conference at Manekshaw Centre's Ashoka Hall at New Delhi in India on the occasion of World Literacy Day.

The conference titled 'Women's literacy for inclusive and sustainable development' was jointly organised by Unesco and the Indian government.

Indian President Pratibha Patil inaugurated the conference.

Nahid said, as per the Dakar Declaration, the government has taken initiative to ensure cent percent enrolment in primary school by 2011 and standard education for all by 2014.

Nigerian Education Minister Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa'i presided over the session while State Minister for Indian Human Resources Development Dr D Purandeshwari, Minister for Education and Literacy Department of Pakistan Pir Mazhar-ul Haque, Education Minister of Sri Lanka Bandula Gunawardhana, Deputy Education Minister of Indonesia Fasli Jalal also spoke

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=201686

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Bangladesh: Frustrated enclave people on fast-unto-death

9 September 2011

Frustrated enclave people began a fast-unto-death in Panchagarh while people of 12 Indian enclaves in Kurigram observed a token half-day hunger strike yesterday.

They were demanding immediate implementation of Indo-Bangla exclave exchange accord.

In Panchagarh, the fast-unto-death programme began at Shaheed Minar in the town, reports our Thakurgaon correspondent.

Leader of India-Bangladesh Enclave Exchange Coordination Committee and chairman of Shalbari enclave Sirajul Islam, chairman of Puthimari enclave Toslimuddin and chairman of Garati enclave Mofizer Rahaman led the programme joined by over a hundred people of different enclaves in Panchagarh.

A discussion followed the fast-unto-death programme.

The speakers at the discussion expressed their frustration as no timeframe was mentioned in the agreement signed on Tuesday between India and Bangladesh for implementation of exchange of enclaves.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=201720

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Bangladesh: 4 get life for throwing acid in Habiganj

9 September 2011

A court in Habiganj yesterday sentenced four people to life term imprisonment for throwing acid on a young girl at village Kaitgaon of Bahubal upazila in 2006.

District and Sessions Judge, Habiganj Md. Mahbub ul-Haque also fined each of the convicts Tk 50,000, in default, to suffer one year more in jail. The convicts are Abdul Quaiyum, 26, Haris Miah, 22, Auli Miah, 20, and Alkas Uddin, 35. However, besides Haris, the others are at large.

According the prosecution of the case in brief, failing to satisfy their evil desire, the accused broke into the house of Abdur Rahman and hurled acid on his daughter Mayarunnesa, 18, in the night following 23 February of 2006.

Mayarunnesa's mother Begum Bibi sustained injuries as she tried to save her daughter.She was later treated at Habiganj Sadar Hospital.

Abdur Rahman filed a case with the Habiganj cognizance court accusing the aforesaid four people.

In Netrakona, a man was sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment in an arms case on Wednesday.

The convict was identified as Chan Mia, 46, of village Telachi in Durgapur upazila of the district, reports UNB.

According to the prosecution, on secret information, a team of Rab-9 raided the house of Chan Mia and recovered a revolver from his bedroom on May 10 in 2008

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=201726

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Interpol calls for arrest of Qadhafi, son Saif

9 September 2011

LYON: World police body Interpol called Friday for the arrest of fugitive former Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi for his alleged crimes against humanity, following a request by the International Criminal Court.

Interpol said it had issued a “red notice” for the arrest of Qadhafi, his son Saif al-Islam and his intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi, one day after ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo asked for the agency’s help.

Interpol asked its 188 member countries “to take all measures consistent with their national laws to help the ICC locate and apprehend Qadhafi.”

The “request for Interpol Red Notices will significantly restrict the ability of all three men to cross international borders and is a powerful tool to help in their location and arrest,” Interpol chief Ronald Noble said.

“Qadhafi is a fugitive whose country of nationality and the International Criminal Court want arrested and held accountable for the serious criminal charges that have been brought against him,” the secretary general said.

A red notice by the international police co-operation agency, which is based in the central French city of Lyon, seeks the arrest for an extradition or surrender of a person to an international court based on an arrest warrant.

ICC judges on June 27 agreed to Moreno-Ocampo’s request for arrest warrants against Qadhafi, 69, Saif al-Islam, 39 and Senussi, 62, for crimes against humanity committed by Libyan troops on their orders, using “lethal force” to quell the uprising against his regime.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/09/interpol-calls-for-arrest-of-qadhafi-son-saif.html

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MQM Chief says Foreign forces conspiring to dismember Pak, kill him

Sep 10 2011

Karachi : MQM chief Altaf Hussain on Friday blamed the violence in Karachi on conspiracies by foreign forces to disintegrate Pakistan, and claimed that certain elements wanted him "dead".

Addressing a joint emergency meeting of the MQM Raabta Committee in London and Karachi, Hussain said these forces wanted him dead as they considered MQM a big hurdle in their plans to split Pakistan.

Hussain said no force could suppress the peace-loving Urdu-speaking people and that they will not be slave to the foreign forces conspiring against them.

He also directed the Raabta Committee to send two witnesses for the submission of his will in which he has advised workers and members of the party to carry on his mission even if he is killed.

Full report at: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/hussain-says-forces-conspiring-to-

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Pak would have faced US, India after 9/11: Pervez Musharraf

Sep 09 2011

Beijing : Pakistan would have faced the combined military might of the US and India if it had not allowed American troops on its territory to fight Taliban in Afghanistan after 9/11 terror attacks, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said.

"I do not regret at all. I think it was a very correct decision and if I am told for the same situation I will take the same decision," he told Chinese state run CCTV in an interview from his exile in Dubai.

While his decision was prompted by his conviction that Taliban and its thoughts were not conducive for Pakistan, he was also concerned about the prospects of US troops operating from India to attack Taliban in Afghanistan violating Pakistan's sovereignty.

"Certainly the US was going to attack Afghanistan that was clear. Where can they attack from? Through India and India was all set and ready to extend all kinds of facilities," Musharraf said.

"If they come from India and we are not with them and what happens. Pakistan then has to oppose the might of US and India together. Because they had to go through Pakistan if they have to reach Afghanistan and our sovereignty will be violated whether on land or air, from wherever.

Full report at: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-would-have-faced-us-india-after-9-

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10 yrs after 9/11, world keeps fingers crossed

Sep 10 2011

Ten years after Sept 11,Americans are still walking an emotional tightrope, with increased comfort in the governments antiterrorism efforts but a significant number wary that such a catastrophe could happen again.

New York Times/CBS News polls conducted in August in New York and around the nation also found a widespread belief that the city still had not entirely recovered emotionally from the attacks, deep divisions over a proposed Islamic cultural center near ground zero and concern, especially in New York, that the rescue workers at ground zero had not been treated fairly.

For all the feeling of increased safety, poll respondents in follow-up interviews expressed a sense of a world that had changed and was less safe than the one before the attacks. Seventy-nine percent of New Yorkers said the city would always have to face the threat of terrorism, and 83% said the country would.

According to the polls,38% of NYC residents think another terrorist attack is likely in the US in the next few months, down from 57% in a Times/ CBS News poll five years ago. Nationally the numbers of those who think an attack is likely soon are down as well,to 42% from 59%.Still,many New York residents expressed worry that the city was not sufficiently vigilant, particularly in the subways: 57% said safety measures there were not sufficient.

Times of India

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Arab Spring strongest answer to 9/11: EU

Sep 10 2011

The Arab Spring protesters bent on bringing freedom to Tunisia,Egypt and Libya are the strongest answer to the fanatics behind the 9/11 attacks a decade ago,the European Union said Friday.Ten years on,the people in the streets of Tunis,Cairo,Benghazi and across the Arab world have sent a strong signal for freedom and democracy, said EU president Herman Van Rompuy

Times of India

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Tapes reveal cries of help & rescue calls as terror hit NYC

Sep 10 2011

A DRAMATIC insight into the scramble to thwart the 9/ 11 terror attacks is revealed in recordings of air- traffic communications released for the first time.

As four hijacked jets headed towards their targets on September 11, 2001, air traffic controllers struggled to track them and alert the military where to find them.

The recordings were released on Thursday by Rutgers University, which obtained 114 tapes from the 9/ 11 Commission archives ahead of the tenth anniversary of the outrage on Sunday.

The recordings include the voice of plot ringleader Mohammed Atta shortly before he crashed a jet into the North Tower of the World Trade Centre in New York.

At 8.24am, just five minutes after an attendant on American Airlines flight 11 had alerted officials about its hijacking in Boston, Atta’s emotionless voice is heard as he calls the air traffic control tower.

“ We have some planes,” he says. “ Just stay quiet and we’ll be OK. We are returning to the airport.” When the controller tries to confirm the flight number, Atta comes on frequency again.“ Nobody move,” he is heard saying. “ Everybody will be OK. If you try to make any moves you will injure yourself and the airplane. Just stay quiet.” The tapes also reveal a snatch of words from Ziad Jarrah, the hijacker who piloted United flight 93. At 9.32am, he can be heard urging passengers: “ Please sit down and keep remaining sitting. We have a bomb on board.” The plane later crashed into a Pennsylvania field before reaching its target, believed to be the White House.

Full report at: Mail Today

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‘2008 theatre blasts not a terrorist act’

STAFF REPORTER

Sep 10 2011

Court discards charges against the two convicts; Panvel blasts case unsolved

A Sessions Court here discarded charges under the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act brought against the two persons sentenced to 10 years over the 2008 theatre blasts, observing that as the target was a drama producer, the offence was not a “terrorist act” intended to threaten the country's sovereignty.

Ramesh Hanumant Gadkari and Vikram Vinay Bhave were sentenced to imprisonment last month for carrying out a blast at a drama theatre in Thane and planting an explosive at another in Vashi in 2008. Four other accused in the case were acquitted by the court. The case was investigated by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS).

“It is nowhere in the case of the prosecution that the accused, by their acts, intended to threaten or were likely to threaten the unity, integrity, security or sovereignty of India. The words ‘strike terror' [in section 15 of UAPA] signify the meaning ‘hit hard to created extreme fear'. The alleged motive of the crime was objection to the performance of the drama Aamhi Pachpute,based on an alleged mockery of Hindu Gods. It appears to be the only against the producer of the said drama. The producer cannot be termed as ‘section of the people.' Therefore, section 15 is not applicable,” the court ruled in its order, a copy of which was given to the accused on Thursday. The prosecution's failure to obtain a foolproof sanction for prosecution under the UAPA also went in favour of the accused.

Full report at: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2439833.ece

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U.S. launches massive manhunt for three terror suspects

Sep 10 2011

U.S. intelligence agencies and security forces are currently on a massive manhunt for three men believed to be planning massive terror attacks in America to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The manhunt was launched following “credible and specific” information that the trio would be carrying out terrorist attacks with explosive laden vehicles in cities like New York and Washington, which has forces authorities to elevate the threat level nationwide.

Multiple media reports said the threat involved a car-or truck-bomb attack aimed at bridges or tunnels in New York or Washington.

NBC reported that U.S. law-enforcement officials have been alerted to watch for three men “of Middle Eastern descent,” possibly riding in a van.

Several top government officials and lawmakers having access to classified intelligence information said that the information about the terror plot has been received from a credible one source, which has proved valuable in the past, but could not be corroborated yet.

“This is somebody who in the past has been a source of reliable information. But the people being quoted are not that person. The information is specific enough that it deserves to be taken seriously. And I’m very grateful that we are,” Senator Joseph Lieberman told the CNN.

Full report at: http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2441384.ece

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WikiLeaks: Mirwaiz wanted LoC as border, CMs on rotation

Bashaarat Masood

Sep 10 2011

Srinagar : A US secret diplomatic cable has revealed that Hurriyat moderate leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq wanted LoC to be converted into a permanent border and three separate legislative assemblies for Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir regions with Chief Minister and Governor from each region on rotation basis. The cable says the Mirwaiz wanted this “because he was concerned about his own political future”.

“Prior to his recent meeting with Musharraf, the Mirwaiz discussed with PolOff and PolFSN his effort to build support within the Kashmiri and Pakistani public for his solution. On the Indian side the Governor and the CM posts would rotate to allow representatives from Jammu, Ladakh and Srinagar an equal chance to fill each position,” reads the diplomatic cable.

“The Mirwaiz is no doubt concerned about his own political future in this proposal and that of the rest of the APHC (All Parties Hurriyat Conference). With Srinagar having its own state Assembly, the Mirwaiz and his APHC colleagues would only have to win in the Valley to serve at least part of the time in the Governor and CM positions — rather than relying on minor Muslim voters in Jammu and Ladakh or having to worry about building a coalition with mainstream parties who may be reluctant to ally with the former separatists,” the cable says.

Full report at: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/wikileaks-mirwaiz-wanted-loc-as-

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Syria braced for another Friday of protests

9 September 2011

Syria on Friday braced for another day of demonstrations a day after rights activists said security forces stormed into a northwestern village and killed three military defectors.

Democracy activists called for the United Nations to send international observers to Syria, but its key ally Russia again distanced itself from Western condemnation of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

“The Syrian people calls on the United Nations to adopt a resolution to set up a permanent observer mission in Syria,” activists said on their Facebook page “Syrian Revolution 2011.”

“We demand access to the international media, we demand the protection of civilians,” they said, calling for fresh demonstrations on Friday.

On Thursday, “a force comprising seven armoured vehicles and 10 jeeps stormed the village of Ibleen in Jabal Al-Zawiyah (region) in search of people wanted by the security services,” the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

“Heavy gunfire was heard as the forces stormed the village,” it said in a statement received by AFP in Cyprus.

Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman later said the three killings took place during a raid on the Ibleen house of a brother of one of the defectors, Hussein Harmouche.

Two other deserters were arrested, he said, reached by telephone from Nicosia.

Harmouche, an officer, announced his defection in a June video widely distributed on the Internet and broadcast on Arab satellite channels, giving as the reason his refusal “to fire on unarmed civilians.”

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/September/

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Al-Qaida on the path to defeat: Barack Obama

Sep 9, 2011

PARIS: US President Barack Obama declared that the al-Qaida network is nearing total defeat, having failed to destroy the United States' "unique" leadership role in the world.

In an op-ed for the French daily Le Figaro penned to mark the tenth anniversary of the Islamist extremist group's September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, Obama thanked America's allies and vowed to cooperate with them closely.

"Those who attacked us on 9/11 wanted to drive a wedge between the United States and the world. They failed. On this 10th anniversary, we are united with our friends and partners in remembering all those we have lost in this struggle," he said.

"Working together, we have disrupted al-Qaida plots, eliminated Osama bin Laden and much of his leadership and put al-Qaida on the path to defeat," he said, welcoming the Arab Spring uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa.

"Meanwhile, people across the Middle East and North Africa are showing that the surest path to justice and dignity is the moral force of nonviolence, not mindless terrorism and violence," Obama added.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Al-Qaida-on-the-path-to-defeat-

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Iraqis mourn slain journalist, call for reforms

9 September 2011

BAGHDAD: Iraqis on Friday mourned a journalist who was gunned down in Baghdad, expressing anger over his death and protesting for reforms a day after the country’s anti-corruption chief resigned.

An interior ministry official said on Thursday that journalist Hadi al-Mehdi was shot dead at about 6:30 pm in an apartment on Abu Nawas Street, with a silenced weapon. A medical source at Ibn al-Nafis hospital confirmed his death.

Dozens of Iraqis turned out on Friday to mourn Mehdi, marching from his home in Karrada in central Baghdad with a symbolic coffin covered in an Iraqi flag, towards Tahrir Square.

Protests calling for improved public services, which Mehdi supported, were being held at the square on Friday.

“The martyr was one of the activists in the movement against corruption and the curbing of rights and freedoms, through Facebook and through demonstrations in Tahrir Square,” activist Zahir al-Jamaa said.

“He was always stressing the need to reject any violation of the constitution and the law.”

The silenced weapon assassinates everything in my country,” the mourners chanted as they marched.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/09/09/iraqis-mourn-slain-journalist-call-for-reforms.html

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‘Sarabjit's condition deteriorating in Pakistan prison'

9 September 2011

Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh, on death row in a Pakistan jail, may die in prison as his health is deteriorating each day, his sister claimed on Thursday.

Dalbir Kaur said that Sarabjit's lawyer Awais Sheikh informed her over phone from Lahore that the physical condition of her brother was deteriorating day by day and multiple ailments such as joint pain, insomnia and high cholesterol had crippled him.

Sarabjit, lodged in Kotlakhpatrai jail of Lahore, may die inside the prison if the needful was not done right now, she told PTI.

She said he had slipped into depression which further demoralised him, as he was lodged in the “unhygienic solitary cell”.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2436874.ece

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Libya conflict: Gaddafi general 'flees to Niger'

Sep 9, 2011

A senior general in Libyan ex-leader Col Muammar Gaddafi's forces has fled to Niger, according to local sources.

Officials in the Niger town of Agadez named the commander as General Ali Kana, a Tuareg in charge of Col Gaddafi's southern troops.

He arrived in Niger apparently in a convoy of vehicles with another senior general and several top officials.

Meanwhile, Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for Col Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam and his spy chief.

The International Criminal Court already has a warrant out for the three men, whose whereabouts are still unknown.

Several convoys of formerly loyal fighters have streamed over the border with Niger in recent days.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14853369

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Bahrain medics released on bail after hunger strike

Sep 9, 2011

Bahrain has released on bail 20 medics who are on trial for their role in a month-long pro-democracy protest.

They were reported to be among more than 100 jailed activists who went on a hunger strike.

Hundreds of activists have been imprisoned since February, when Shia-led protests began, calling for greater rights in the Sunni-ruled kingdom.

Officials say 24 people died in the unrest, including four policemen, but opposition groups put the toll at 30.

Small-scale clashes between security forces and demonstrators have taken place on a near nightly basis, ever since emergency rule was lifted in June.

The Bahrain Commission of Inquiry (BCI), an international commission set up by the king, said that 17 detainees were admitted to hospital for refusing to eat.

Verdict pending

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-14836084

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Tony Blair criticises Iran and Syria regimes

Sep 9, 2011

Tony Blair has blamed Iranian intervention for prolonging conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Regime change in Tehran would make him "significantly more optimistic" about the region's prospects, the former prime minister told The Times.

He also said Syrian president Bashar al Assad's position was "untenable".

Ahead of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Mr Blair told the Daily Mirror defeating radical Islamic terrorism would take "a generation of effort".

Mr Blair, who was PM when the attack took place and is the current Middle East envoy for "the Quartet" which is made up of the United Nations, the European Union, Russia and the United States, said the number of radical Muslims had been underestimated.

'Not capable of reform'

Ten years on from the attacks of the World Trade Center, Mr Blair said the Iranians "continue to support groups that are engaged with terrorism and the forces of reaction.

"In Iraq one of the main problems has been the continued intervention of Iran - and likewise in Afghanistan."

He added: "Regime change in Tehran would immediately make me significantly more optimistic about the whole of the region."

The former premier also urged the international community to increase pressure on the Syrian regime of Bashar al Assad.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14848753

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Somalia denies CIA rendition base in Mogadishu

Sep 9, 2011

Somalia has dismissed reports that the US runs an underground detention centre where the CIA helps interrogate terror suspects in the capital Mogadishu.

UK rights group Reprieve says it has evidence that the base lies underneath the presidential compound, and that some inmates are as young as 14.

The group says one man was taken there from Kenya and held for 18 months without seeing lawyers - or daylight.

US officials have not yet commented on the claims.

Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohammed Ali told the BBC that he rejected the reports of a detention centre.

"I do not have that information and that information does not exist," he said.

However, he did admit that the US was helping his authority to "improve the security situation in the country".

Islamist militants from the al-Shabab group - which is known to have links with al-Qaeda - control much of southern and central Somalia.

The UN-backed transitional government is largely confined to the capital.

'Dirty work'

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14850581

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Palestine to submit statehood bid on Sept 19

Sep 9, 2011

WESTERWELLE: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Thursday he will submit an application for Palestinian statehood to the United Nations on September 19.

Speaking to journalists in Ramallah, Abbas said he would personally deliver the bid on his arrival in New York that day.

"We are going to the UN on September 19 to submit our application for membership in the UN," he said. "The first thing we will do once we arrive is we will go to Ban Ki-moon to give him our application." The United States has already said it would veto such a request for Palestinian statehood if it comes before a vote in the UN Security Council.

"It should not come as a shock to anyone in this room that the US opposes a move in New York by the Palestinians to try to establish a state that can only be achieved through negotiations," spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters on Thursday. "If something comes to a vote in the UN Security Council the US will veto," she added.

Israel is also opposed, although the Palestine 194 campaign - a reference to becoming the 194th state recognised by the UN - claims has the support of 125 countries - more than a majority of world States.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Palestine-to-submit-statehood-bid-

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Any act of terrorism is criminal: UNSC

9 September 2011

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC), of which India is now a non-permanent member, has condemned Wednesday's bomb blast here.

In a statement, the UNSC expressed its deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the victims and reiterated that terrorism in all forms and manifestations constituted one of the most serious threats to international peace and security. Any act of terrorism was criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever and whenever, said the statement.

It reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the U.N. Charter.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon strongly condemned the bomb attack and reiterated his firm stance that there was no justification for indiscriminate violence against civilians.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2436937.ece

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Turkish warships to escort aid ships to Gaza

Sep 09 2011

Ankara : Turkey's prime minister has said Turkish warships will escort Turkish Gaza-bound aid ships in the future.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan told Al-Jazeera television that the navy will accompany the aid ships to protect them from raids like the one Israel launched on a flotilla trying to break the Gaza blockade last year, when nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed.

Erdogan's comments to Al-Jazeera were carried by Turkey's Anatolia news agency late yesterday.

Turkey has already announced it would increase patrols in the eastern Mediterranean in response to Israel's refusal to apologise for the raid. But it was the first admission that Turkey intends to send warships to protect ships trying to break the blockade.

Israel has expressed regret for the loss of lives but insists its forces acted in self-defence.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/turkish-warships-to-escort-aid-ships-to-gaza/844093/

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Pakistan bans bin Laden home visits ahead of 9/11

Sep 09 2011

Islamabad : Pakistan is preventing foreign journalists and other visitors from getting close to the house of slain al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden ahead of the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Abbottabad police officer Mohammed Arif said on Friday that several foreigners, including a Danish diplomat and two French journalists, were briefly detained this week in Abbottabad before being allowed to return to the capital, Islamabad.

Foreigners in Pakistan have been subject to greater scrutiny since the US raid on Laden's hideout in May.

The operation triggered embarrassing questions over how the CIA was able to track him down without the knowledge of Pakistani authorities.

There have been no formal instructions to media organizations prohibiting their travel to Abbottabad.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistan-bans-bin-laden-home-visits-ahead-of-9-

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Tunisia tries to calm rising violence

9 September 2011

TUNIS: Tunisia’s prime minister says authorities are stepping up enforcement of a state of emergency after pockets of violence erupted in recent days — new instability after the country’s revolution.

The nationally broadcast remarks by Beji Caid-Essebsi come ahead of Tunisia’s Oct. 23 elections for an assembly that will write a new constitution in the wake of the fall of President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January.

Several poorer central and southwestern towns have been roiled by recent clashes. A nightly curfew has been decreed in the towns of Sbeitla, Douz and Metlaoui.

Caid-Essebsi said Tuesday that Tunisia is facing a “crisis” and state of emergency measures like bans on strikes that have been in place but loosely applied since Ben Ali’s ouster will be reinforced.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article499322.ece

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Iran tells UN it will hit back at any attack

9 September 2011

 UNITED NATIONS - Iran on Thursday warned it would “not hesitate” to hit back following a foreign strike on its soil in a formal complaint to the United Nations over a warning from French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

Sarkozy said last week that Iran’s “military, nuclear and ballistic ambitions constitute a growing threat that may lead to a preventive attack against Iranian sites that would provoke a major crisis that France wants to avoid at all costs.”

Iran’s UN ambassador said in a letter to UN leaders that his country would “not hesitate to act in self-defense to respond to any attack against the Iranian nation.”

Iran would “take appropriate defensive measures to protect itself,” ambassador Mohammad Khazaee told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council, of which France is one of the five permanent members.

Sarkozy had made “inflammatory remarks and baseless allegations,” the envoy added.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran expresses its deep concern over, and strong condemnation of such a provocative, unwarranted and irresponsible statement against Iran,” Khazaee said.

The French leader has been one of the most outspoken critics of Iran in the western alliance, which has accused Iran of seeking a nuclear bomb.

In an August 31 speech to French ambassadors, Sarkozy did not say which country might carry out the preventive attack.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/September/

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Syrian activists appeal for help

9 September 2011

President Bashar al-Assad's opponents broke a taboo by appealing for foreign help to stop the killing of civilians ahead of Friday prayers that has regularly seen some of Syria's worse bloodshed in six months of pro-democracy protests.

Syria's powerful neighbour Turkey indicated that its patience was running thin with lack of progress in its efforts to convince Assad to halt a relentless military assaults to crush the popular uprising, during which a grassroots activists group said more than 3,000 civilians have been killed.

In a first direct call by the opposition for foreign intervention, Syria's underground opposition said a rise in the number of protesters killed during the revolt had won over many reluctant Syrians to the need for outside help.

The Syrian Revolution General Commission umbrella bloc of activists appealed to the international community on Thursday to send in human rights monitors to help deter military attacks on civilians in the increasingly bloody crackdown.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=32155

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'Osama was planning to strike US on anniversary

Sep 9, 2011

WASHINGTON: Slain al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden was looking to use the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks as another opportunity to strike the US, a top White House counter-terrorism official has said.

"We know from the material recovered from the bin Laden compound that he was looking at the 10th anniversary of 9/11 as an opportunity to strike yet again at the US homeland," deputy national security advisor John Brennan told a TV show.

"We know that al-Qaida wants to try to hit us here in the homeland again; they have been thwarted numerous times," Brennan said.

He said the US was on a high level of vigilance despite "tremendous work" on security issues since the September 11 attacks.

"But it's not just al-Qaida, there are other groups that have taken up the mantle of al-Qaida. So we are on our vigilance, and we have made a number of preparations," Brennan said.

"Our intelligence agencies and law enforcement agencies have been very, very diligent in looking at all the different potential actors out there. We feel that we're on top of it right now," he said.

"So we are on our vigilance. And we have made a number of preparations in anticipation of the 9/11 anniversary.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Osama-was-planning-to-strike-US-on-

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9/11: Bon Jovi sings for firefighters

9 September 2011

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi returned to a Manhattan fire house on Wednesday to pay tribute to firefighters marking the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The New Jersey native was filmed singing “America The Beautiful” by an NBC television crew preparing for a special “NFL Kickoff 2011- Back to Football” show Saturday. The joint NFL Network/NBC Sports production features football, music, and a tribute to 9/11 first responders.

He sang the same song for a performance that aired nationally on Sept. 23, 2001 prior to the kickoff of the first NFL games after Sept. 11. Bon Jovi said in an interview after Wednesday’s performance that it was “as moving this time as it was then.”

Bon Jovi said firefighters who were there a decade ago, as well as police officers from a nearby precinct, came to the taping at Engine Co. 8, Ladder 2. He said he felt some of the same camaraderie that he felt in 2001.

Bon Jovi said he was in his New Jersey home’s gym on Sept. 11, 2001 watching the news with his wife when the towers were hit by hijacked planes. He said later that day he joined others at the shore in Seabright, New Jersey in Monmouth County, home to many of the victims.

“I want the country of Sept. 12th again, when everybody came together,” he said. “We said we’d never forget and now we can live up to it.”

Bon Jovi has spent three decades touring with his songs, which include “Livin’ on a Prayer” and “It’s My Life.” The band has sold more than 100 million records worldwide.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2435248.ece

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Language tests for Kyrgyz presidential runners

Sep 9, 2011

Candidates who want to contest the forthcoming presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan are undergoing a public exam to test their ability to speak the state language.

In front of live TV cameras, the candidates must pass a public assessment of their writing and reading skills.

Speaking Kyrgyz has been a pre-requisite for those seeking the highest office since independence.

Not everybody does, as some of the older politicians in particular have been educated in Russia.

In the main hall in parliament, a language commission made up of leading academics hands out the test papers to five contestants at a time.

The test comes in three parts. First candidates are asked to write a summary of their presidential programme.

But it is not their political vision that is facing scrutiny. More than five mistakes in grammar or spelling, and they are out of the race.

In the second part, the hopefuls are required to explain their programme to the examiners, speaking freely.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14852198

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Syria opposition delegation says dialogue at dead end

Sep 9, 2011

MOSCOW: Russian news agencies have cited a Syrian opposition delegation saying that the prospects of dialogue with the Syrian regime are bleak.

RIA-Novosti and ITAR-Tass quoted Ammar Qurabi, head of the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria, as saying Friday that the opposition is prepared to talk with the government but that authorities have responded only with bloodletting.

The UN says 2,200 people have been killed since the Syrian uprising began in March, inspired by the pro-democracy revolutions sweeping the Arab world.

Russia has resisted a draft UN Security Council resolution that would impose an arms embargo and other sanctions on Syria.

Mikhail Margelov, a Russian presidential envoy, is due to meet an adviser to Syrian President Bashar Assad next week as part of Moscow’s mediation efforts.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article499446.ece

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Ex-President Ibrahim Nasir’s family seeks assets

9 September 2011

MALE, September 7 (HNS) – The family of former President Ibrahim Nasir has filed a case in Civil Court, seeking Nasir’s assets and properties taken from him by the time of his death.

The Civil Court confirmed that President Nasir’s son Ahmed Nasir submitted the case but said it is pending registration.

President Nasir’s family earlier submitted a case to the Supreme Court over confiscating the assets and properties of Nasir by the state.

The verdict delivered by the High Court 25 years ago declared Nasir guilty of corruption and ordered repayment of the amount he took from the treasury within six months.

The ruling also gave the state permission to confiscate the money in Nasir’s bank accounts and to sell whichever asset the state saw fit if he fails to repay the money.

Nasir was also sentenced to 25 years of banishment.

http://www.haveeru.com.mv/english/details/38104/Ex-

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Sudan, South Sudan to pull out troops from Abyei - UN

9 September 2011

Sudan and newly independent South Sudan have agreed to withdraw their troops from the disputed town of Abyei by the end of the month, the UN says.

The deputy head of UN peacekeeping, Edmond Mulet, says the deal was brokered by the African Union at talks in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.

The move is expected to ease border tensions between Khartoum and Juba, which both claim Abyei.

A referendum planned in Abyei on its future status was never held.

"They [Sudan and South Sudan] have agreed that between 11 September and 30 September there is going to be a redeployment or withdrawal of the troops," Mr Mulet told reporters on Thursday.

He added that Khartoum had originally said it would only pull out its troops when an administration was in place in Abyei, but had now dropped that condition.

Mr Mulet was speaking after briefing the UN Security Council in New York on the issue.

Northern forces occupied Abyei in May, raising fears of a renewal of Sudan's 21-year north-south conflict.

After the offensive, more than 100,000 people fled the territory, mainly to South Sudan, which gained independence on 9 July.

A UN peacekeeping force of more than 1,700 Ethiopian soldiers has been deployed in Abyei since last month.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14849100

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Terror threat against New York credible: Mayor Bloomberg

Sep 9, 2011

NEW YORK: Janice Fedarcyk, assistant director in-charge of New York FBI, said: "It is accurate that there is specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information. As we always do before important dates like the 9/11 anniversary, we undoubtedly get more reporting in the coming days.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the threat against the city is credible but not corroborated.

"Sometimes this reporting is credible and warrants intense focus, other times it lacks credibility and is highly unlikely to be reflective of real plots which are under way.

"We take all threat reporting seriously and we have taken all steps necessary to mitigate any threats that arise."

Outlining the measures taken by the police department following the threat information, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said more dog squads and police vehicles will be on patrol and increased bombs sweeps of parking garages and other locations would be undertaken. Illegally parked cars would be also be increasingly towed.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Terror-threat-against-New-York-credible-

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Zardari asks world community to help flood victims

9 September 2011

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday phoned UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and urged the United Nations to launch an international appeal for humanitarian assistance to the flood victims in Pakistan.

Spokesperson to the President Farhatullah Babar said that the president had just completed his visit of the flood-hit areas in Sindh and apprised the secretary general of the huge devastation caused by the floods and the untold misery it had heaped on the people.

He said that the damage to crops, particularly to cotton, has been colossal. The president called for an urgent appeal for international humanitarian assistance by the UN.

Separately, Foreign Office spokesperson said in a statement that hundreds of people have lost their lives and over five million people have been displaced and directly affected by the calamity.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\09\09\story_9-9-2011_pg7_18

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Egypt freezes new satellite TV station licenses

9 September 2011

CAIRO: Egypt’s military rulers have frozen new licenses for private satellite TV stations and are taking steps against broadcasters they say are inciting violence, restrictions activists say hark back to the crackdown on freedom of expression under ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

Mubarak’s consecutive governments had sent journalists to jail for reporting on the president’s health and other sensitive issues, and managed a web of security agents who meddled in newsrooms. During the protests that ousted Mubarak, authorities banned broadcasts by the Arabic and English language channels of the pan-Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera and revoked the press credentials of all of its journalists.

Communication Minister Osama Heikal told reporters late Wednesday the satellite licensing decision stems from concerns about violence being incited and about what he called an increasingly chaotic media scene. He said the freeze was temporary, but didn’t say when it would end, and did not say how many pending requests were affected.

Heikal also said he had designated authorities to take legal measures against satellite stations that incite sedition and violence. He did not name any stations or said what penalties might be imposed.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article499307.ece

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