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Pakistani Muslims continue fighting 14 centuries-old Arab battle: 30 supporters of 4th caliph Hazrat Ali killed, 200 injured

King Abdullah discusses global issues with Obama

Triple terror blasts in Lahore leave 27 dead

Palestinians crack down on Hamas after shooting

Pakistani Newspaper Recounts Delegation’s Treatment in U.S.

Israel hints Jerusalem compromise in peace talks

Lukewarm reaction to NY imam's Mideast tour

UN prosecutor says won’t rush Hariri indictment

426 killed in Iraq as US ended combat mission

Blair’s Memoirs Reveal ‘Tears’ but No Regrets on Iraq

Leaders Call for Peace as Mideast Talks Begin

Bomb attack kills Afghan Muslim religious leader

Bangladesh Awami League iftar party comes under bomb attack in city

No Chinese troops in Gilgit, claims Pak's envoy to Beijing

New York teens charged for harassing Muslim worshipers at mosque

Lashed 39 Times by Rabbi for Singing!

15 killed in bomb blast in Somalia

US Forcing Muslims to Register on Database?

Afghan Women Still Struggling For Their Rights

Bangladesh minister slammed for comments on Janmashtami

Pakistan flood: India among top 10 aid-givers

We won't keep India out, says Afghan NSA

Geelani sets riders for Valley peace

Iranian insults against Carla Bruni ‘unacceptable’: France

Blood of murdered Israelis will not go unpunished: Netanyahu

Palestinian kills 4 Israelis on eve of peace talks in Washington

Pak military delegation detained at US airport

Three militants killed in Swat shootout

Target killings top 165 in August

Six jailed for planning to kill Musharraf

BNP-Mengal leader among 2 killed in Kalat

18 killed in Teerah Valley airstrike

WAMY downsizes Western operations

Coptic pope accused in convert’s incarceration

Conditions at deportation center woeful: NSHR

Armed militias: a quandary for Lebanon, US

Teen girl from Jubail goes missing in Makkah

Five more American troops die in Afghanistan

Video plea to Obama to pardon Saudi launched

Civil Defense ensures hassle-free Ramadan

Riyadh to help probe atrocity against Lankan maid

NATO chief optimistic on Afghan security handover

Dutch hold two Yemenis after terrorism alert

Floods in S.Sudan leave nearly 60,000 homeless

Four Israelis killed in West bank shooting

Militants threaten to attack lawyers, judges

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Pakistani Muslims continue fighting 14 centuries-old Arab battle in the midst of raging flood devastation

30 supporters of 4th caliph Hazrat Ali killed, 200  injured

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

September 1, 2010

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) -- Three bombs ripped through a Shiite Muslim religious procession in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Wednesday, killing at least 30 people and wounding 210 others, officials said.

The explosions appeared to be the latest in a string of attacks by Sunni extremists against the minority Shiites they consider infidels. Allied with al-Qaida and the Taliban, the bombers are also seeking to destabilize Pakistan's U.S.-backed government.

The blasts were the first major attacks since Pakistan was hit by devastating floods more than a month ago. Lahore, the country's political capital and home to much of its military elite, has been regularly targeted by militants over the past two years.

The bombs exploded at three separate sites Wednesday evening as 35,000 Shiites marched through the streets of Lahore in their traditional mourning procession for the caliph Ali, one of Shiite Islam's most respected holy men.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani condemned the blasts in a statement and said the attackers would not escape justice.

After the blasts, the marchers erupted in fury, setting fire to a police station, another police facility, two police cars and three motorcycles, said Zulfiqar Hameed, a senior police officer. Police lobbed tear gas canisters at the crowd and fired shots in the air to disperse the assailants, he said.

The first blast was a time bomb that exploded in the street near a well-known Shiite building, Hameed said. Footage of that explosion shown on Geo television showed a small blast erupting amid a crowd of people on the street followed by a large plume of smoke. Hundreds of people fled from the blast, while others rushed to the area to carry the wounded to safety.

Minutes later, with the streets in chaos, a male suicide bomber who appeared about 18 years old tried to force his way into an area where food was being prepared for the marchers to break the traditional Ramadan fast and exploded, Hameed said. Soon after, another suicide bomber detonated himself at an intersection near the end of the procession.

Abbas Kumaili, a prominent Shiite scholar as well as a senator, called for three days of mourning over the attack and lashed out at the bombers.

''They are our enemies, both Shiites and Sunnis should remain united and foil their evil designs,'' he said.

The blasts killed 25 people and wounded about 150 others, said Sajjad Bhutta, a top local government official.

Hours earlier, three people were wounded in a shooting near a similar Shiite procession in the southern city of Karachi, but senior police officer Iqbal Mahmood said the incident did not target the march.

Islamist extremists have a history of attacking Shiites, non-Muslims and others they deem unacceptable.

In July, twin suicide attacks at Pakistan's most popular Sufi shrine killed 42 people. Another suicide bomber wounded eight worshippers at a Shiite mosque in eastern Pakistan.

Meanwhile, a bomb exploded near a police vehicle in the town of Shabqadar in northwest Pakistan, killing one passer-by and wounding 15 people including one police officer, police officer Nisar Khan said.

The bombings came after Pakistan army jets and helicopters targeted militant hide-outs near the Afghan border, killing 60 people identified as insurgents or their family members, including children, said security officials and a witness.

The attacks occurred Tuesday and Wednesday in different parts of the region.

There was no independent confirmation of the casualty figures because the area is too dangerous for outsiders to visit.

The raids Tuesday took place in several villages in Teerah Valley in the Khyber region and killed 45 people, the officials said. One official said some vehicles rigged with explosives had also been destroyed. He could not say how many.

He described the dead as insurgents, but said it was possible that people living with them could also have been killed. Separately, an intelligence officer said some women and children had been killed in the attacks.

Jihad Gul, who lives near one of the villages, said he had seen the bodies of at least 20 women and children.

Army spokesman Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas said reports of civilian casualties were unconfirmed.

The security officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

An air attack Wednesday in the adjoining district of Orakzai killed 15 suspected militants and wounded 10 others, according to local government official Jamil Khan and a brief army statement.

Pakistan's army has been fighting Islamist militants in different parts of the northwest for more than two years.

Militants who fled major operations in the South Waziristan and Orakzai tribal regions are believed to have set up new bases in Khyber, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) northwest of the main city in the region, Peshawar.

Associated Press Writers Hussain Afzal in Parachinar and Riaz Khan in Peshawar contributed to this report.

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2010/09/01/world/asia/AP-AS-Pakistan.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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King Abdullah discusses global issues with Obama

Sep 01, 2010

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah and US President Barack Obama discussed Tuesday major international issues on telephone, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

It said the US president telephoned the king to convey Ramadan greetings, adding that King Abdullah thanked Obama for the gesture.

During the telephone conversation, the two leaders also discussed bilateral relations.

During King Abdullah's visit to the United States in June, he discussed with Obama security issues, Afghanistan and their shared desire to see Israelis and Palestinians live in peace during their meeting at the White House.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article121644.ece

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Triple terror blasts in Lahore leave 27 dead

By Muhammad Faisal Ali

02 Sep, 2010

LAHORE: At least 27 people were killed and more than 200 injured in three bomb attacks near Karbala Gamay Shah on a procession taken out on Wednesday to mark the anniversary of martyrdom of Hazrat Ali (RA). A child was among the dead.

Reacting violently to the explosions, people in the procession attacked a police building, set public property on fire and fought with riot police for more than an hour.

The blasts, two of which the police confirmed were suicide attacks, took place in a span of 20 minutes despite what appeared to be tight police security.

Witnesses said a suicide bomber blew himself up at a security barrier at Karbala Gamay Shah chowk at around 7pm when a large number of people were there after the culmination of the main procession.

According to the website of an Urdu newspaper, the group named Lashkar-i-Jhanghvi Al Aalmi claimed responsibility for the attack. Police said they had no information about any such claim.

The attack came at a time when all those connected with the procession must have been looking forward to relax after a day of fasting and mourning. They had broken the fast and the Maghrib prayers were to be offered.

The procession had reached the destination and the law-enforcement personnel must have heaved a sigh of relief at having seen the rally through.

The attack was followed five minutes later by another blast, said to be caused by a timed device, around the nearby Bhati chowk.

The third blast, again a suicide attack, took place at the traffic signal at the chowk.

People, including women and children, fled in all directions in panic.

Deputy Inspector General of Police (operations) Rao Sardar Ali Khan told Dawn that the two bombers had exploded themselves after having been stopped at barriers by policemen. At least seven policemen were injured.

The DIG said police had found two skulls and limbs believed to be of the suicide bombers and sent them for forensic examination.

He said police were uncertain about the nature of the third blast which also could have been a suicide explosion.

He said police had anticipated that such attacks could take place and maximum security measures had been taken for the procession.

People started raising slogans against police after the second blast.

As soon as the third blast took place, they divided into groups, pelted police with stones and set government and private vehicles on fire.

A large number of policemen, who were also divided into groups to counter the protesters, first acted in a defensive manner. But after the mob let off a volley of stones on the Lower Mall police station and set some motorcycles and vehicles on fire, they hit back.

Riot police fired in the air to disperse the mob.

The protesters damaged both gates and lights of the city division police building.

Police managed to disperse the mob at about 8.30pm.

The protesters criticised police for failing to maintain security and chanted slogans against the PML-N leadership and the Punjab police.

“A bearded suicide bomber managed to sneak past the first barrier and blew himself up at the second,” Mohammad Waseem of Pakpattan, who was serving drinks to people after the Iftar, said.

Soon after the first blast, police cordoned off the area and did not allow people to leave, he said.

A young woman running away from the area with a child in her arms cried out aloud: “Policemen are saying that a transformer has exploded, but my sister has been killed in the blast. She had small children.”

Ambulances of Rescue 1122, Edhi and other services shifted the injured to the Mayo, Services and Ganga Ram hospitals where a state of emergency was declared.

The fires were extinguished after the protesters had been dispersed.

Some Rangers’ vehicles also arrived at the place.

Two cases have been registered by the New Anarkali and Bhatti Gate police under the Pakistan Penal Code and the Explosives and Anti-Terrorism Acts.

Police and Rangers personnel maintained strict security in the area till late in the night.

Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif announced a compensation of Rs500,000 for the heirs of each of those killed and Rs75,000 for each injured person.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/06-religious-procession-attacked-in-lahore-triple-terror-blasts-leave-27-dead-290-rs-02

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Palestinians crack down on Hamas after shooting

2010-09-01

Palestinian security forces arrested more than 250 Hamas members in an overnight sweep throughout the West Bank after the Islamic militant group claimed responsibility for shooting dead four Israelis on the eve of new Mideast peace talks.

With the Wednesday arrests, the government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas appeared to be trying to send a stern message to both its Hamas rivals and to Israel that it is committed to the new peace talks. Hamas condemned the crackdown as "treason."

In Washington, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late Tuesday he would not let the shooting derail the negotiations.

Israel and the Palestinians are in Washington to begin talks aimed at creating an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. The talks are to focus on core issues of the conflict, including the status of east Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as capital of their future state.

Full report at:

http://sify.com/news/palestinians-crack-down-on-hamas-after-shooting-news-international-kjbluqigeic.html?scategory=international

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Pakistani Newspaper Recounts Delegation’s Treatment in U.S.

By SALMAN MASOOD

02 Sep, 2010

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — News accounts of what the Pakistani military has called the mistreatment of a delegation at Washington’s Dulles International Airport this week further inflamed tensions in the relationship between the United States and Pakistan.

A spokesman for the Pakistani military, Gen. Athar Abbas, criticized the removal of an official delegation from a flight bound for Tampa, Fla., where they were to have visited the United States Central Command. The group was pulled off the plane for “unwarranted security checks,” General Abbas said.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/02/world/asia/02pstan.html?ref=world

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Israel hints Jerusalem compromise in peace talks

02 Sep, 2010

 WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM - Israel’s defence minister said on Wednesday the Jewish state would be willing to hand over parts of Jerusalem in peace talks with the Palestinians to be launched by US President Barack Obama.

A flare-up of violence in the occupied West Bank and a deadlock over Jewish settlements there loom as potential deal-breakers for Obama, who will host Middle East leaders for dinner at the White House in Washington.

Obama brought Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas together for face-to-face negotiations after months of US-mediated indirect talks. But he faces deep skepticism about his chances of success.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/September/middleeast_September45.xml&section=middleeast

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Lukewarm reaction to NY imam's Mideast tour

02 Sep, 2010

 The US debate over a planned Islamic centre near New York’s World Trade Center site is seen by Middle East media, scholars and citizens as more of a domestic issue.

Kuwait-born Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the Muslim cleric leading the project to establish the centre, has been in Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates in the past two weeks but met with a more subdued reaction than the US media.

“Muslims this time are not part of this, they didn’t call for it, they didn’t defend it and didn’t bother with the whole issue,” Saudi columnist, Abdulrahman al-Rashid, wrote in the pan-Arab daily Asharq Alawsat.

The US row is perceived as much less of an affront to Islam than Switzerland’s vote to ban minarets and France’s moves to forbid the full face veil, observers say.

Asked whether the American people were becoming more intolerant, the Imam Abdul Rauf played down American prejudice.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/September/middleeast_September43.xml&section=middleeast

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UN prosecutor says won’t rush Hariri indictment

02 Sep, 2010

 BEIRUT - The UN prosecutor investigating the killing of Lebanon’s former premier Rafik al-Hariri said he would not rush to indict suspects, dampening expectations of imminent indictments which had raised tensions in Lebanon.

“Let me state clearly that the indictment has not been drafted yet,” Daniel Bellemare said in an rare media interview published by the website NOW Lebanon. “I will only file the indictment when I am satisfied there is enough evidence”.

Media reports had said that Bellemare could issue indictments this month against members of the Shi’ite guerrilla group Hezbollah in connection with the 2005 bombing which killed Hariri and 22 other people.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, who has denied any Hezbollah involvement in the killing and called the UN tribunal an “Israeli project”, stepped up his criticism in recent weeks.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/September/middleeast_September31.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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426 killed in Iraq as US ended combat mission

02 Sep, 2010

 A total of 426 Iraqis were killed in August, according to government figures released on Wednesday as the American military officially ended its combat mission in the war-torn country.

The figures, released by the health, interior and defence ministries just ahead of a US change of command ceremony, showed that 295 civilians were among the 426 killed in August as the Americans were wrapping up their mission.

August’s victims also included 77 policemen and 54 soldiers killed in attacks across the country, where 98 insurgents were also killed.

July was the deadliest month in Iraq since May 2008 with a total of 535 people killed nationwide, according to government statistics that were later rejected by the US military which said its data showed 222 killed.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/September/middleeast_September23.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Blair’s Memoirs Reveal ‘Tears’ but No Regrets on Iraq

By ALAN COWELL

02 Sep, 2010

As the United States ends it combat mission in Iraq, Tony Blair, the former British prime minister who deployed troops alongside American forces in the 2003 invasion, said Wednesday that, while there had been many tears over the loss of life, he could not regard the war as a mistake.

Mr. Blair’s latest iteration of his attitude to the conflict — echoing similar arguments during a public inquiry into the war earlier this year — came with the publication of his memoirs, “A Journey.” The book went on sale in Britain the morning after President Obama said in a televised speech Tuesday night from the Oval Office that, with United States forces assuming a support and training mission in Iraq, it was “time to turn the page” after seven years of combat.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/02/world/europe/02blair.html?_r=1&ref=world

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Leaders Call for Peace as Mideast Talks Begin

By HELENE COOPER and MARK LANDLER

02 Sep, 2010

WASHINGTON — President Obama began his Middle East peace initiative on Wednesday, as the Israeli and Palestinian leaders committed to work to end the conflict that has endured for six decades.

In a remarkable tableau at the White House, Mr. Obama, flanked by the leaders of Israel, the Palestinians and the only two Arab states with whom Israel has made peace, vowed to do everything within his power in the next year to achieve the comprehensive agreement that has eluded negotiators since Israel was established.

“We are but five men,” Mr. Obama said Wednesday night. “But when we come together, we will not be alone. We will be joined by the generations of those who have gone before.”

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/02/world/middleeast/02diplo.html?_r=1&ref=world&pagewanted=print

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Bomb attack kills Afghan Muslim religious leader

01 Sep, 2010

KABUL: A bomb attack Wednesday in Afghanistan’s volatile southern city of Kandahar killed the director of the local office for facilitating pilgrimages to Islamic holy sites, police said.

One other person was killed in the attack on Mohammad Hassan Taimuri and two people wounded, Kandahar police chief Sher Mohammed Zazai said.

The bomb appeared to be a remote controlled device concealed on a motorcycle which exploded Wednesday morning just as the director was leaving his office, according to witness Asad Jan Aghra.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility and it was not clear why anyone would target the director, whose job makes him responsible for managing Islamic religious institutions and arranging pilgrimages to the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina. The pilgrimages are called the hajj, which Muslims are obligated to make at least once in a lifetime.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/14-bomb-attack-kills-afghan-muslim-religious-leader-zj-05

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AL iftar party comes under bomb attack in city

Sep 01, 2010

An Awami League iftar party has come under a bomb attack at Pallabi in Dhaka Tuesday.

Pallabi police station officer-in-charge Iqbal Hossain told bdnews24.com that ‘Lipi, 29, an Awami League worker, sustained injuries.

The incident occurred soon after the iftar ended at Pallabi Eidgah Ground as unidentified miscreants hurled a crude bomb, he said.

He also said creation of panic was probably the motive behind the incident.

Awami League MP, from women’s reserved seat, Shahida Tarique Dipti said local Awami League leader Kamal Master had hosted the iftar party.

The state minister for environment, Hasan Mahmud, was present at the iftar party.

http://www.newagebd.com/2010/sep/01/nat.html

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No Chinese troops in Gilgit, claims Pak's envoy to Beijing

Sep 1, 2010

BEIJING: Rejecting as "fabricated" reports of presence of up to 11,000 Chinese troops in PoK's Gilgit- Baltistan area, Pakistan's envoy here has claimed that only a "humanitarian team" from China was in the region to assist the flood victims.

"The story is not true and totally fabricated," Pakistan's ambassador to China, Masood Khan, told the state-run 'Global Times' daily.

He was referring to a New York Times report which said that about 7,000 to 11,000 Chinese troops were deployed in the strategic Gilgit-Baltistan region, where Pakistan faced a state of rebellion from the local people.

Khan said there were no Chinese troops in the area, but added that "a humanitarian team" from China was currently there to help locals who have suffered due to the devastating floods.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/No-Chinese-troops-in-Gilgit-claims-Paks-envoy-to-Beijing/articleshow/6473924.cms#ixzz0yH1ojxdj

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New York teens charged for harassing Muslim worshipers at mosque

Sep 1, 2010

NEW YORK: A group of teenagers in western New York have been arrested for allegedly harassing worshipers at a mosque and firing a shotgun outside the gathering.

The five teens allegedly beeped their car horns and yelled obscenities during a religious service, according to Eyewitness News, a local media outlet.

Tim Weader, 17, Dylan Phillips, 18, Jeff Donahue, 18, and Anthony Ogden, 18 along with Mark Vendetti, 17 have been charged with disrupting a religious service, which is a misdemeanor charge.

Vendetti, who has been charged for firing shots at the mosque, was also arraigned on the weapons charge and remanded to the Orleans County Jail in lieu of USD 10,000 bail. Police say the incident remains under investigation and more charges are expected to be filed, according to Eyewitness News.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/New-York-teens-charged-for-harassing-Muslim-worshipers-at-mosque-/articleshow/6473686.cms#ixzz0yH1DnrTw

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Lashed 39 Times by Rabbi for Singing!

Sep 01, 2010

Can you imagine if this happened in a Muslim country? This actually happened in “secular” Israel, not Saudi Arabia or Iran and at the hands of a Rabbi.

If a Muslim cleric had done it you can be sure that Spencer and company would be wailing about how oppressive Shariah is and how there is no fun in Islam. Will we hear a peep from Spencer about this? Don’t hold your breath.

‘Sinner’ singer given 39 lashes by rabbis

A singer who performed in front of a “mixed audience” of men and women was lashed 39 times to make him “repent,” after a ruling by a self-described rabbinic court on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://mmabbasi.com/2010/08/31/lashed-39-times-by-rabbi-for-singing/

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15 killed in bomb blast in Somalia

Sep 01, 2010

At least fifteen people were killed and more than 30 injured on Tuesday after a roadside bomb explosion hit two passenger buses in the Somali capital Mogadishu, officials and witnesses said.

The explosion ripped through the buses as they plied the only road connecting the divided city and is used by Somali government forces as well as the African Union peacekeeping forces in Mogadishu, Xinhua reported.

"We counted fifteen dead people on both buses and the 30 or so injured people were taken to hospitals in Mogadishu," Nur Hassan, a commander of Somali government forces based in a nearby control post said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/15-killed-in-bomb-blast-in-Somalia/Article1-594569.aspx

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US Forcing Muslims to Register on Database?

Sep 01, 2010

Some may say who listens to AM radio anymore? Nonetheless still a scary poll.

70 percent of 760 AM listeners support forcing Muslims to register on a national database

760 KFMB AM is a talk radio station hosting such conservative luminaries as Michael Savage, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin. Today, below the Wiener Dog racing and ads for the Sean Hannity Freedom Concert is a fun little poll that asks listeners:

During a time of war, should we register as many practicing Muslims as we can find in a national database?

No – it’s an invasion of privacy.

Yes- gun owners have to, why not Muslims?

Currently, 70% of those polled are in favor of forced registration for American Muslims. Granted, this is not a representative sampling of the general population, but it none the less contributes to a disturbing trend of national opinion about Islam.

Full report at:

http://mmabbasi.com/2010/08/31/us-forcing-muslims-to-register-on-database/

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Afghan Women Still Struggling For Their Rights

Sep 01, 2010

This is what will happen to Afghan women if America leaves the country to the Taliban and terrorists.

Obviously this is an example of recent events in Afghanistan.  Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t include this very disturbing picture of a young girl whose nose and ears were removed because she tried to run away from her abusive husband.  The question Time Magazine asks is, “What Happens If We Leave Afghanistan?”.

Indeed, that is the question.  We know what happened when the Taliban came to power in 1996 and was overthrown in late 2001.  I found this list of some of the restrictions imposed by the Taliban on Afghan women. While in power, the Taliban enforced one of the strictest interpretations of Sharia law ever seen in the Muslim world, and became notorious internationally for their treatment of women.

Full report at:

http://gatewaypundit.firstthings.com/2010/08/afghan-women-still-struggling-for-their-rights/

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Bangladesh minister slammed for comments on Janmashtami

Sep 01, 2010

A call by Bangladesh Home Minister Sahara Khatun to the minority Hindu community to observe Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna, ''peacefully'' and end it by 5 p.m. on Wednesday in time for the end of ''roza'' has been criticised by the nation's media.

The minister's call has been termed "overtly discriminatory" in an editorial on Tuesday in the New Age newspaper that warned: "Secularist safeguard may backfire when the issue is addressed from the wrong angle and with a loaded mindset."

The minister made her "request" at a meeting with leaders of the National Puja Udjapan Committee Sunday when, while discussing security measures, she urged the Hindu community not to use loudspeakers during the period of iftar, the ending of fast by the Muslim community, United News of Bangladesh (UNB) news agency reported on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/92805/bangladesh-minister-slammed-comments-janmashtami.html

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Pakistan flood: India among top 10 aid-givers

Anita Joshua

Sep 01, 2010

ISLAMABAD: India's decision to increase its flood relief assistance to Pakistan from $ 5 million to $ 25 million has placed it among the top 10 countries/institutions which have loosened their purse strings the most to help Islamabad deal with the unfolding emergency.

Initially billed as “delayed and niggardly,” the Indian response now has catapulted the country to ninth position in the ‘Country-wise update of Foreign Assistance for Flood Affectees,' put out by the Economic Affairs Division of the Pakistan Government.

The last update was made on Monday afternoon — 24 hours before the announcement — and as per this list, the U. S. leads the pack with a commitment of $ 200 million, followed by the U. K., Saudi Public Relief Fund, Saudi Arabia, the European Union, Germany, Canada and the United Nations.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/09/01/stories/2010090154891700.htm

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We won't keep India out, says Afghan NSA

Sandeep Dikshit

Sep 01, 2010

NEW DELHI: Afghanistan National Security Adviser Rangin Dadfar Spanta on Tuesday reiterated the need for New Delhi remaining intimately engaged with Kabul in order to help it develop infrastructure, train civil servants and provide guidance on the global stage.

Mr. Spanta disfavoured suggestions by Afghanistan's neighbours to keep India out, and said his government believed that no country had the right to impose strategic allies on another country.

Investigations by the Afghan security services, he said, found that the attackers of the Indian Embassy and later a guest house in Kabul had links with elements outside the country.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/09/01/stories/2010090165081600.htm

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Geelani sets riders for Valley peace

Sep 01, 2010

Hardline Hurriyat Conference leader Syed Ali Geelani has offered to end the ongoing stir in Kashmir Valley if his five conditions were met by the Government of India. He said the people of Kashmir were determined to achieve freedom, honour and guarantee of secure future.

Addressing a Press conference at his residence, Geelani, who is spearheading a two-month long ‘Quit Jammu and Kashmir Campaign’ – that urges people to stage protest demonstrations, sit-ins and shutdowns, said that India must agree that Jammu and Kashmir was an international dispute as the first condition to enter into dialogue process with the separatists.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/279933/Geelani-sets-riders-for-Valley-peace.html

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Iranian insults against Carla Bruni ‘unacceptable’: France

Sep 01, 2010

France said on Tuesday that insults in the Iranian media against first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, who has been branded an “Italian prostitute” who “deserves death”, are unacceptable.

“The insults in the daily Kayhan and picked up by Iranian websites against several French figures, including Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, are unacceptable,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said.

“We’re making this message known through normal diplomatic channels.”

The Iranian press reacted with fury last week after Bruni-Sarkozy, the wife of France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy, made a public statement in support of an Iranian woman who has been sentenced to be stoned to death.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/279917/Iranian-insults-against-Carla-Bruni-%E2%80%98unacceptable%E2%80%99-France.html

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Blood of murdered Israelis will not go unpunished: Netanyahu

Sep 01, 2010

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the "blood of Israeli civilians" would not go unpunished as he vowed to hunt the killers of four Israelis near a Jewish West Bank settlement. "We witnessed today a savage murder of four innocent Israelis," Netanyahu said in Washington yesterday, where he was due to resume direct peace negotiations with the Palestinians tomorrow for the first time since December 2008.

"There are seven new orphans that were added to the circle of grief in Israel," he said, before going into talks

with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "We will not let the blood of Israeli civilians go unpunished.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/Blood-of-murdered-Israelis-will-not-go-unpunished-Netanyahu/Article1-594571.aspx

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Palestinian kills 4 Israelis on eve of peace talks in Washington

Sep 1, 2010

JERUSALEM: Palestinian gunmen opened fire on Tuesday on an Israeli car in the West Bank and killed four passengers on the eve of a new round of Mideast peace talks in Washington. The Islamic militant group Hamas claimed responsibility.

The assailants attacked the car as it travelled near Hebron -- a volatile city that has been a flash point of violence in the past. Some 500 ultranationalist Jewish settlers live in heavily fortified enclaves in the city amid more than 100,000 Palestinians.

One of the victims was pregnant, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. Israel's national rescue service said the victims were two men and two women, and Israeli media said everyone in the car was killed.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Blood-of-murdered-Israelis-will-not-go-unpunished-Netanyahu/articleshow/6472482.cms#ixzz0yG0BBwyg

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Pak military delegation detained at US airport

Sep 1, 2010

WASHINGTON: A delegation of senior Pakistani military officials visiting the US was deboarded from a plane, detained, "interrogated and rudely treated" by security officials after one of them made a comment to a flight attendant, prompting the team to head home in protest.

The nine-member delegation of high-ranking Pakistani officers boarded United Airlines Flight 727 from the Dulles International Airport in Washington to Tampa on Tuesday, but were pulled off the plane, Mike Trevino, spokesman for the Airlines, was quoted as saying by 'The Washington Post'.

He said they were deboarded from the plane after one of them "made a comment to a flight attendant."

Full report at:

 http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pak-military-delegation-detained-at-US-airport/articleshow/6472690.cms#ixzz0yG07ZLyW

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Three militants killed in Swat shootout

Sep 01, 2010

MINGORA: Three militants, including two local commanders, were killed in exchange of fire with security forces in Swat on Tuesday.

Official sources said that security forces got information that some wanted militants were present in Malam Jabba area of tehsil Charbagh. They rushed to the site and cordoned off the entire area.

Sources said that militants exchanged fire with security forces. As a result three militants identified as Dawa Khan, Sardar Ali and Bahadar were killed on the spot.

PARACHINAR: Four persons, including three locals, were killed when militants attacked a house in Chenarak area of central Kurram tribal region on Tuesday.

Sources said that a group of militants stormed a house at1pm on Tuesday in Chenarak area. Three inmates of the house, including a woman, and an attacker were killed in exchange of fire, which continued for more than one hour.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/3-militants-killed-in-swat-shootout-190

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Target killings top 165 in August

Sep 01, 2010

KARACHI: The month of August has passed but left its marks filled with bloodshed as at least 165 people were killed including famous personalities, Daily Times learnt on Tuesday.

Up till now in the year 2010, August has been the only month in which around 165 people have been killed. The month kicked off with a fresh wave of targeted killings in the city as eight people were killed including an Awami National Party (ANP) activist and a young girl.

The very next day on August 2, an incident of targeted killing claimed the life of a Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader and provincial assembly member Raza Haider. Some militants had gunned him down at Nazimabad. His security guard also lost his life in the tragic incident.

This incident triggered a spate of targeted killings during which about 105 people lost their lives, 165 first information reports were lodged in police stations of three different zones and 170 law-breakers were arrested in connection to the targeted killing incidents.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\01\story_1-9-2010_pg7_25

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Six jailed for planning to kill Musharraf

Sep 01, 2010

RAWALPINDI: A special Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) judge on Tuesday sentenced six terrorists to life imprisonment for planning to kill former president Pervez Musharraf by bombing the Presidency. Seven other accused were acquitted. Police and other law enforcement agencies raided a house in Dhok Kala Khan on June 6, 2008, and arrested 13 suspects and had also recovered three vehicles, laden with more than 900 kilogrammes of explosive material, from them. Terrorists had planned to explode these vehicles at the Presidency and assassinate Musharraf. On Tuesday, in an in-camera hearing at Adiyala Jail, special judge Raja Ikhlaq Ahmed sentenced Intikhab Abbasi, Muhammad Kabir, Muhammad Abid, Muhammad Ishaq, Muhammad Zafar and Qamar Zaman to life imprisonment twice and fined Rs 50,000 each.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\01\story_1-9-2010_pg7_8

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BNP-Mengal leader among 2 killed in Kalat

Sep 01, 2010

QUETTA: Two people, including a Balochistan National Party- Mengal (BNP-M) leader, were shot dead in Kalat on Tuesday. According to sources, Kalat district BNP leader Nawabuddin Nechari and his friends Saffar Khan and Mullah Bakhsh were on their way on the national highway when unidentified assailants opened indiscriminate fire on their vehicle. As a result, two of them died on the spot while Mullah Bakhsh suffered multiple bullet injuries. Police reached the site soon after the incident and took the bodies and injured to a government hospital. BNP leaders Mir Nooruddin Mengal and Mir Akbar Ali termed the incident a ‘targeted killing’ to eliminate the BNP leadership from the political horizon of Balochistan. Manguchar police has registered a case and started an investigation. s

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\01\story_1-9-2010_pg7_9

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18 killed in Teerah Valley airstrike

Sep 01, 2010

BARA: Gunship helicopters bombed three vehicles, killing 18 people and injuring over 25 others in Naray Baba area of Teerah Valley in Khyber Agency on Tuesday.

Sources said the helicopters mistook civilians for terrorists and fired at the vehicles. A hospital and a mosque were also destroyed in the airstrike.

The relatives of the victims staged a protest and shouted slogans against two federal ministers from the tribal area. They demanded an inquiry into the incident.

Another report suggested eight suspects had been killed in the airstrike.

A government official, Ameerzada Khan, said the helicopters pounded terrorists hideouts in Naray Baba and Sheen Drand villages and killed eight of them. Two intelligence officials also confirmed the airstrikes, but said 30 terrorists had been killed.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\09\01\story_1-9-2010_pg7_6

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WAMY downsizes Western operations

Sep 01, 2010

RIYADH: The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), a major Islamic charity of Saudi Arabia, has downsized its operation in the US, Canada and in many other Western countries because of the stringent restrictions imposed by the respective governments on the fundings of Islamic aid organizations.

The WAMY, an UN-recognized NGO, had a “symbolic presence in the US, while it has closed its offices in Canada,” according to Saleh Al-Wohaibi, WAMY’s secretary-general. Al-Wohaibi, however, said that the WAMY values its partnership with the US and will continue to work with the community stakeholders in that country.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article121579.ece

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Coptic pope accused in convert’s incarceration

Sep 01, 2010

CAIRO: Egypt’s most senior Coptic Christian cleric, Pope Shenouda III, may be summoned to court and forced to release an alleged convert to Islam.

A group of Islamist lawyers has appealed to Egypt’s administrative court demanding that the Coptic Church release Camillia Shehata, the wife of a Coptic preacher, whom they allege has been forcibly incarcerated by the church. The court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 2.

Shehata, 24, left her home at the southern city of Dir-Moas in July and disappeared for five days. She was eventually found by Egyptian security forces and delivered to the church, where she is said to be currently held.

Originally, rumors surrounding Shehata’s possible kidnapping and forced conversion to Islam sparked anti-Muslim protests by Copts in the Egyptian capital Cairo and in Shehata’s province of Minya.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article121462.ece

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Conditions at deportation center woeful: NSHR

Sep 01, 2010

JEDDAH: The National Society for Human Rights (NSHR) told the director general of the Passport Department in the Makkah province that the present condition of the deportation center in Jeddah was unacceptable.

"Our observations against the deportation centers are related to overcrowding of people and lengthy procedures," an NSHR delegation said, expressing its fears that international organizations would exploit such conditions to defame the Kingdom.

Hussein Al-Sharief, director of NSHR's office in the Makkah province, urged the department to find drastic solutions to the problem of overcrowding at the Jeddah center by opening centers in other provinces.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article121559.ece

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Armed militias: a quandary for Lebanon, US

Sep 01, 2010

BEIRUT: It started with a dispute over a parking space and erupted into a four-hour street war between Hezbollah and a rival militia, with masked snipers running through alleyways and rocket-propelled grenades exploding in the middle of a Beirut neighborhood.

Last week's bloodshed, which killed three people, was nothing close to the worst this city has seen. But it has refocused attention on the bane of Lebanon's existence: the dozens of private armies that grew out of the country's 15-year civil war and still flourish 20 years after the conflict ended.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article120977.ece

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Teen girl from Jubail goes missing in Makkah

Sep 01, 2010

ALKHOBAR: A 15-year-old Indian girl from Jubail who had gone to Makkah to perform Umrah along with her parents and four siblings has been missing since Saturday, sending shock waves through the Kingdom’s large expatriate community.

“It is not a missing case,” said Mohammed Iftequaruddin, the girl’s father. “My daughter Mariam has been kidnapped,” he told Arab News from the holy city. “She is a smart and mature child; she knows all our numbers; if she had gone missing, she would have immediately called me or her mother.”

He said this was not the first time they had visited Makkah. “We have been here every year for Umrah. She is in the custody of some evil people who are not allowing her to contact us,” he alleged choking on his words.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article121570.ece

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Five more American troops die in Afghanistan

Sep 01, 2010

KABUL: Five more American troops were killed in action in Afghanistan on Tuesday, ending the month with a spike in bloodshed that has claimed the lives of 19 US service members in only four days.

The US death toll for August stood at 55 — three-quarters of them in the second half of the month as the Taleban fight back against US pressure in southern and eastern strongholds. American losses accounted for more than 70 percent of the 76 fatalities suffered by the entire NATO-led force.

NATO said four of the Americans were killed by a roadside bomb in eastern Afghanistan, while a fifth died in a gunfight with insurgents in the country's south. No other details were released.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article121478.ece

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Video plea to Obama to pardon Saudi launched

Sep 01, 2010

JEDDAH: A number of Saudi youths launched a film on Tuesday appealing to US President Barack Obama to use his constitutional power of presidential pardon to set free a Saudi man jailed for sexual assault.

Humaidan Al-Turki is currently serving 28 years in a US prison.

The five-minute film is supported by top Saudi religious, media and sports figures and is the culmination of a campaign supporting Al-Turki on Twitter and Facebook, which has attracted more than 11,000 followers.

They also set up a special website calling on Obama to release Al-Turki.

Renowned Saudi Islamic scholar Sulaiman Al-Oudah introduces the film by appealing to the US president.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article121567.ece

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Civil Defense ensures hassle-free Ramadan

Sep 01, 2010

MAKKAH: The Civil Defense in Makkah has started implementing its operations plan for the last 10 days of the holy month of Ramadan.

“The Civil Defense forces, in cooperation with other departments concerned, have completed all arrangements and are well-prepared to attend to any emergency situation. There have been no major incidents reported so far since the launch of our Ramadan plan on Shaaban 25 (Aug. 6),” Civil Defense Director in Makkah, Brig. Gen. Jamil Arbaeen, told Arab News.

He added that 4,200 Civil Defense officers have been deployed in the holy city to facilitate the smooth flow of pilgrims and deal with emergency situations.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article121580.ece

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Riyadh to help probe atrocity against Lankan maid

Sep 01, 2010

RIYADH: Sri Lankan officials said on Tuesday that Saudi officials have pledged to cooperate in the investigation into the atrocity allegedly commited by a Saudi couple against their Sri Lankan housemaid.

“We are happy that the Saudi authorities have expressed willingness to cooperate in the investigation to track down the Saudi sponsor who was alleged to have tortured his domestic aide by hammering metal into her body,” Kingsley Ranawake, chairman of the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE), told Arab News.

X-rays conducted at the Kamburupitiya hospital in Sri Lanka have shown 24 nails and needles in the body of 49-year-old domestic aide L.T. Ariyawathi, who says the couple she worked for in Saudi Arabia hammered them into her body.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article121568.ece

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NATO chief optimistic on Afghan security handover

Sep 01, 2010

 COPENHAGEN — NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Tuesday he hopes alliance members will give Afghan troops the go-ahead to begin taking charge of their own security at a key summit in November.

“I hope that the NATO summit in November will decide that the process of progressive transfer of responsibilities to Afghans begins in 2011,” Rasmussen said during an official visit to his native Denmark.

International forces would stay in Afghanistan until the country can ensure its own security, Rasmussen said, reiterating support for Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s goal of a full transition by 2014.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/August/international_August1759.xml&section=international&col=

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Dutch hold two Yemenis after terrorism alert

Sep 01, 2010

 AMSTERDAM - Dutch authorities detained two Yemeni men at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport on suspicion of terrorist conspiracy after a tip-off from the United States, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

The pair, en route from Chicago to Yemen, were detained on Monday and a decision on bringing charges would be made in the next few days, the Dutch prosecution service said.

“The men are being held in custody on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a terrorist criminal act,” the prosecution service said in a statement.

The Yemenis arrived in Amsterdam from Chicago O’Hare on United flight 908 early on Monday and were detained on the plane after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security alerted Dutch authorities to suspicious items found in their luggage in the United States.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/August/international_August1763.xml&section=international&col=

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Floods in S.Sudan leave nearly 60,000 homeless

1 September 2010

 JUBA, Sudan - Floods have displaced nearly 60,000 people in the last month in south Sudan with many at risk of malaria and other diseases, the semi-autonomous region’s government said on Tuesday.

The crisis is another hurdle for the war-ravaged south ahead of a referendum on independence in January, which some analysts fear will be hindered by a worsening humanitarian situation with almost half the region’s 8 million population short of food.

“In the last one month 57,135 people have been displaced by the floods,” said the south’s undersecretary for health Olivia Lomoro, adding that many were at risk of malaria and water-borne diseases.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/September/international_September9.xml&section=international&col=

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Four Israelis killed in West bank shooting

Sep 01, 2010

 HEBRON, Palestinian Territories — Four Israelis, one of them a pregnant woman, were shot dead near the West Bank Jewish settlement of Kyriat Arba on Tuesday, just ahead of renewed peace talks, in what police called a “terrorist attack”.

Police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld said a car in which they were travelling came under fire on a road between the settlement and the Palestinian village of Bani Naim, near the city of Hebron.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/August/middleeast_August625.xml&section=middleeast

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Militants threaten to attack judges, lawyers

Sep 01, 2010

Militants have threatened to blow up important establishments as well as carry out simultaneous attacks on judges, lawyers and police if what they called their four ‘national leaders’ are not freed within Eid-ul-Fitr.

The unidentified militant outfit under the banner of ‘MDMT’ sent an email containing the threat to the Law Commission on August 25.

However, the email did not mention the names of their four national leaders.

The Registrar of the International Crimes Tribunal Shahinur Islam told UNB that the Law Commission got the email when it opened it Tuesday. He said the police were informed of the matter.

Full report at:

http://www.newagebd.com/2010/sep/01/nat.html

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