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Qaida threat to kidnap Saudi royals to free female operative

Australian woman accused of al-Qaida link held in Yemen

Pakistani trained in techniques of dealing with a wife

Muslims want Sharia Law in Ghana

All boys, girls in village married off to check elopement

French Muslim Council warns govt on veil ban

Child marriage: Sharia Council sues Mark, Bankole

Are 10-Year Olds Too Young To Marry?

Bomb at Afghan governor office kills 1, wounds 14

Obama to name ex-general James Clapper as new spy chief

Lead poisoning from mining kills 163 in Nigeria

India granted access to Headley: US national security adviser

Rahul Bhatt remembers Headley

Autopsy shows Gaza activists were hit 30 times: Report

Pak schoolboy ties knot, expelled

Karachi lady who listened, virtually

"India believes in need for dialogue with Pakistan"

Kashmir survey was sponsored by Gaddafi's son Saif

Afzal Guru's mercy plea file sent back to Home Ministry

Turkey's ties with Israel under the scanner

`Secret war' expands globally

Concerns over Myanmar's N-plan

Taliban commander in Kandahar dead: NATO

Amid inflation, steepest hike in Haj expenses

Israel signals flexibility on Gaza

US seeks to avert new violent clash with Gaza-bound ship

Up to 10,000 protest against Israel in Istanbul

Lahore police on high alert over ‘sensitive’ Friday

Israel seizes new Gaza-bound aid ship: Activist

Kurds say small unit of Iranian troops enters Iraq

India can thrust war on Pakistan, PM tells Nato

Taliban kill two men in North Waziristan for ‘spying’

“Individuals, not outfits operating in Pakistan”

3 militants killed in clash with Lashkar

Israel may come under pressure at IAEA meeting 

Gun battles continue in Lyari, 4 more killed

Blasts, shootings kill 5 in Russia’s Caucasus

Iranians stage massive anti-Israeli demo

Offspring of bin Laden mentor were on ‘Mavi Marmari’

Gaza rocket strikes Israel: Army

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Qaida threat to kidnap Saudi royals to free female operative

Jun 5, 2010

DUBAI: In order to secure the release of its female operative arrested by Saudi forces, al-Qaida has threatened to kidnap Saudi princes and ministers, a television report have said.

In an audiotape played on Al Arabiya TV, an al-Qaida regional commander reportedly threatened "major operations" against the kingdom following the arrest of Haylah Al Qassir.

Qassir was believed to be responsible for recruiting women to the group as well as handling money issues, the report said.

"al-Qaida is organising cells to kidnap princes, ministers and officials including military commanders," Saeed Al Shehri said in the audiotape.

He said that "preacher" Heila Al Qsayer, a widow of a Saudi al-Qaida militant killed six years ago by the Saudi authorities, was arrested in Qassim, north of the capital, but did not specify when.

"We tell our soldiers: You have to kidnap in order to release the prisoners," he said.

Shihri, who is purportedly number two in the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, insisted that families of prisoners held in Saudi Arabia should take arms to secure their release instead of grovelling to officials.

"Stop knocking at the doors of the tyrants and their deviant ulemas," he said.

"If you want your relatives to be released from prison, they will only be out by the same way they were taken in," he said.

In April, the group tried to assassinate the British ambassador to Yemen when a suicide bomber threw himself into the path of his convoy in the capital, Sana'a.

Last August, a 23-year-old suicide bomber posing as a repentant militant, tried to kill Prince Mohammed bin Nayef who heads Saudi Arabia's anti-terrorism campaign.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Qaida-threat-to-kidnap-Saudi-royals-to-free-female-operative/articleshow/6014531.cms

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Australian woman accused of al-Qaida link held in Yemen

Jun 5, 2010

• Muslim convert detained in prison without charge

• Terrorists trying to recruit westerners, US officials say

An Australian woman who converted to Islam and moved to Yemen to raise her children in a Muslim society is being held in prison in Sana'a in connection with alleged al-Qaida activity.

Shyloh Jayne Giddens, 30, has been held without charge in Sana'a's political security prison since 15 May. She was detained with several other foreigners on suspicion of involvement with the al-Qaida branch responsible for the failed attempt to bomb a US airliner on Christmas Day.

Omar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian student responsible for that attack, told US investigators after his arrest that there were "many like me" trained by the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsular (AQAP).

US intelligence officials warned in February that al-Qaida was trying to recruit English-speaking westerners, particularly women, who could easily slip past security controls to launch terrorist attacks.

In March, Colleen LaRose, a blonde, blue-eyed Muslim convert from Pennsylvania who went under the online alias Jihad Jane, was charged with plotting to murder a Swedish cartoonist who drew a controversial picture of the prophet Muhammad.

Gregory Johnson, of Princeton University, said foreign recruits gave al-Qaida a dangerous weapon against the west, and a powerful recruiting tool at home.

"The organisation portrays the foreigners as individuals so enamoured of the global Islamic community and the Arabian peninsula that they are willing to sacrifice their lives.

"AQAP then uses this to publicly shame Yemeni men, asking them, 'Why are foreigners willing to die for you and your lands while you remain silent?'"

According to her lawyer, Abdul Rahman Barman, Gidden – who converted to Islam in Australia – arrived in Sana'a in September 2006 "to raise her two sons in the Muslim community, where she assumed they would grow up with safety, tranquillity and peace of mind". She took a Muslim name, Soumaya Abu Ali, and adopted the black abaya cloak and full face veil worn by most women in Yemen. Like Abdulmutallab, she studied Arabic in one of Old Sana'a's language institutes.

From there she moved to Nahtha, a neighbourhood dominated by the Iman University, a school teaching fundamentalist Islam established by Sheikh Abdel Majed Zindani, Yemen's most powerful cleric and a former mentor of Osama bin Laden.

Abdulmutallab attended lectures at Iman and met Anwar Awlaki, a US-born Yemeni cleric considered by US intelligence to be a leading AQAP recruiter.

The cleric's alleged connections to Abdulmutallab, and the Fort Hood shootings and Times Square bomb prompted President Barack Obama to issue an order for US forces to kill him on sight.

Giddens's Australian passport was cancelled in April because the Australian intelligence service believed she posed a security threat and had "an extremist interpretation of Islam", Barman said.

He said the authorities had not allowed Giddens's children, Omar, seven, and Aminah, five, to leave their house. Neighbours were passing the children food until recently when an Australian woman was allowed in to look after them, he said.

News of the arrest came as al-Qaida threatened to kidnap Saudi princes and ministers to secure the release of a female member held by Saudi authorities. The threat was made in an audiotape by Saeed al-Shehri, a former inmate of Guantánamo Bay, al-Arabiya TV reported.

Haylah al-Qassir, responsible for recruiting women to the group, was one of 113 suspects arrested by the Saudis in March after allegedly planning attacks on oil and security installations.

"Al-Qaida is organising cells to kidnap … princes, ministers and officials including military commanders," said Shehri.

Al-Qaida's online magazine used Qassir's codename, Umm Rabab, and described her as the widow of a fighter killed several years ago. It was the first time the group had acknowledged she was a member. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula was formed from a merger between the Saudi and Yemeni branches of Osama Bin Laden's group. Last summer an Aqap suicide bomber posing as a repentant militant tried to kill Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, who heads Saudi Arabia's anti-terrorism campaign,

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/03/australian-woman-al-qaida-yemen

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Pakistani trained in marriage etiquette

By MD HUMAIDAN

Jun 5, 2010

JEDDAH: The Mawadah (Cordiality) Social Center for Reforms and Family Guidance has organized a special training session for a Pakistani expatriate on marriage skills and the duties of husband and wife, the center announced.

It said the Pakistani national, who was about to get married, wrote to the center requesting training on all aspects of married life.

"We accepted his application and, as he did not speak Arabic, we had to seek the help of his eldest brother for interpretation," said secretary-general of the center, Zuhair bin Abdul Rahman Nasser. He said the one-man-training session focused on the techniques of dealing with a wife. Nasser said the trainee was given a certificate at the end of the session and expressed willingness of the center to organize such training session for individuals or groups.

The secretary-general said a study conducted by the center proved that divorce rates among those who were trained on marriage skills were low compared to others who did not receive any family training.

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article61327.ece

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Muslims want Sharia Law in Ghana

05 Jun 2010

A number of Muslims in Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly have demonstrated against the activities of homosexuals in the area with a call on government to enact Sharia Law in Ghana.

The demonstrators, numbering over 1000, believe when the law is considered by the ongoing constitutional review exercise, and finally enshrined in the country’s statutory books, it would scare people from engaging in immoral conducts, like gay and lesbianism, that are gaining root in some parts of the country.

The Muslims, joined by many interested persons, including disabled persons, defied a heavy downpour Friday morning to cover over five kilometres and were expected to present their petition to the Western Regional Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo, at the offices of Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly.

Joy FM’s Western Regional correspondent Kwaku Owusu Peprah, who followed the demonstrators, said the Minister is expected to forward the petition to Parliament for consideration and ratification.

The demonstrators feared if immediate steps are not taken to uproot the activities of homosexuals in the area and the country at large, the consequences on the society would be dire.

The demonstrators had heavy security protection as they chant Muslims songs.

The demonstration, Owusu Peprah said, became necessary after it was rumoured a fortnight ago that a secret gay wedding was held in the metropolis.

http://news.myjoyonline.com/news/201006/47211.asp

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All boys, girls in village married off to check elopement

By Niaz Mohammad Khan

05 Jun, 2010

SANGHAR, June 4: To rein in the growing trend of elopement, a village elder proposed to a panchayat to marry off all those boys and girls who had reached marriageable age after taking consent from them.

The proposal was unanimously approved by the Panchayat (a council of elders) and, consequently, 13 couples tied the knot in a village near Sinjhoro on Thursday.

The Panchayat, headed by Haji Usman Bhanojo, was convened to discuss the elopement of Naz with Guddu Panhwar.

Some villagers suggested killing the couple because they had ‘disgraced’ the community, but sanity prevailed and they all agreed to pardon the couple. He then came up with a novel idea: marry off all boys and girls who had come of age.

The suggestion was accepted by all panchayat members, leading to the marriage of 13 couples.

The girls’ consent was also obtained — a practice unheard of so far.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/all-boys,-girls-in-village-married-off-to-check-elopement-560

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French Muslim Council warns govt on veil ban

4 June 2010

 France’s official Muslim council has warned the government not to expect it to impose a planned ban on full face veils for women.

Legal experts argue that the ban will be unconstitutional and police predict will be unenforceable.

Mohammed Moussaoui, head of the French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM), said his group opposed the full veil and would try to convince the tiny minority of veiled women that it was not a religious obligation and was out of place in France.

But Muslim leaders could not act as agents of the state during a six-month “mediation period” during which veiled women will be stopped and informed about the law but not fined.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/June/international_June168.xml&section=international&col=

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Child marriage: Sharia Council sues Mark, Bankole

5 Jun 2010

The Supreme Council of Nigeria has dragged the National Assembly before a Federal High Court in Abuja, challenging the propriety of the federal lawmakers to interfere in the marriage of a former Zamfara State Governor Ahmed Sani to an Egyptian minor.

In the suit by the chairman, Kaduna State chapter of the SCSN, Alhaji Mohammed Suleman, the plantiff is asking the court to stop government and its agents from taking any steps, decisions or actions in relating to the marriage.

The plantiff also joined the Senate President, Mr. David Mark; the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Dimeji Bankole and the National Human Rights Commission as co-defendants to the suit.

Full report at:

http://www.punchng.com/Articl.aspx?theartic=Art2010060416433878

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Are 10-Year Olds Too Young To Marry?

5 Jun 2010

The title of Nujood Ali’s book was certainly enough to get my attention.  “I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced.”  As a very young child, her father told her she would be marrying a man in his 30s.   And sadly, this was expected.  This was normal.  Marrying at a young age was something Nujood had seen before.

Nujood grew up in Yemen where 45% of the population lives on less than $2 a day, the average age of marriage is 12 or 13 years old, and educational opportunities are lacking.  It is a way of life that many of us can not even imagine.  Child brides suffer numerous problems, such as health issues, early pregnancies, mental health concerns, and continued poverty.  There are no positive outcomes from a childhood marriage.

Full report at:

http://cchronicle.com/2010/06/are-10-year-olds-too-young-to-marry/

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Bomb at Afghan governor office kills 1, wounds 14

Jun 05 2010

Kandahar : A bomb exploded Saturday outside the provincial governor's office in the Afghan city of Kandahar, killing one policeman and wounding at least 14 civilians, officials said.

The attack reflects deteriorating security in the largest city in the country's volatile south - also the Taliban's spiritual home - where NATO is preparing for a major operation seen as key to combating the insurgency. The governor was not in his office at the time.

The bombing also comes a day after a national peace conference in Kabul boosted President Hamid Karzai plans to seek negotiations with the Taliban in a bid to end Afghanistan's nearly nine-year war.

Kandahar city police Chief Sardar Mohammad Zazai said the explosives were strapped to a bicycle on the street outside the compound where the governor lives and works. The bomb detonated around midday.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/bomb-outside-afghan-governors-office-wounds-6/629906/

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Obama to name ex-general James Clapper as new spy chief

Jun 5, 2010

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama has chosen a US intelligence veteran, retired lieutenant general James Clapper, as his new director of national intelligence.

Clapper, whose nomination comes at a time of mounting domestic security threats, would replace Dennis Blair, who stepped down late last month amid heavy criticism after a string of security shortcomings, among them failure to thwart planned attacks including one by an al-Qaida linked group to bring down a US airliner on December 25.

"Clapper will be named," an intelligence source said, asking not to be identified.

An administration official also said he could confirm Clapper would be picked for the post, which was introduced after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to oversee the 16 agencies that make up the US intelligence community.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/US/Obama-to-name-ex-general-James-Clapper-as-new-spy-chief/articleshow/6013864.cms

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Lead poisoning from mining kills 163 in Nigeria

Jun 5, 2010

ABUJA: Lead poisoning caused by illegal gold mining has killed 163 Nigerians, including 111 children, since March in several remote villages in northern Nigeria, a senior government official said on Friday.

International aid agencies, including the World Health Organization and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, are assisting Nigerian authorities in containing the outbreak in four villages in Zamfara state.

"We have a total of 355 cases and 163 deaths," Dr Henry Akpan, the health ministry's chief epidemiologist, told Reuters.

"They were digging for gold, but the areas also have large concentrations of lead."

Akpan said many of the victims died after touching tools, soil and water contaminated with large concentrations of lead.

Authorities have stopped the illegal mining and have begun evacuating some residents.

http://arabnews.com/world/article61249.ece

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India granted access to Headley: US national security adviser

Jun 5, 2010

WASHINGTON: India has been given access to David Coleman Headley, Pakistani-American LeT operative who has confessed to his role in the Mumbai attacks, US national security adviser James Jones said on Saturday.

"Yes access (to Headley) has been given. This is an ongoing process and I don't have any detailed information that will be helpful except to say that it is in the hands of right professionals from both countries," Jones said at his White House office.

"We have fulfilled our commitment," he said. However, Jones did not have detailed information about how and when a team of visiting Indian investigators was given access to Headley, who is being held in Chicago.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/India-granted-access-to-Headley-US-national-security-adviser/articleshow/6013924.cms

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Rahul Bhatt remembers Headley

Anil Singh

Jun 5, 2010

MUMBAI: "Once the bombing of Islamabad's Marriot Hotel came up in our discussion and he remarked that such attacks would come to India too," said gym trainer Rahul Bhatt about David Headley who is being interrogated in the US by India's National Investigating Agency (NIA) about his role in 26/11.

Two months after the Marriot blast, caused by a suicide bomber who had driven a bomb-laden truck into the hotel, came 26/11, for which Headley has confessed to gathering information.

"With us though, he was a friend. Even looking back now, we can say that he never used us in any way," said Bhatt and his friend Vilas Warak, also a gym trainer. "He never asked to be taken any place or to be introduced to anyone. Once he wanted us to accompany him to Pune for a trip to Osho Ashram but Vilas woke up late that Sunday so Headley went there on his own," said Bhatt.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Rahul-Bhatt-remembers-Headley/articleshow/6014266.cms

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Autopsy shows Gaza activists were hit 30 times: Report

Jun 5, 2010

LONDON: Nine Turkish activists killed in an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid ship were shot a total of 30 times and five died of gunshot wounds to the head, Britain's Guardian newspaper reported on Friday.

Autopsy results showed the men were hit mostly with 9mm bullets, many fired at close range, the Guardian said, quoting Yalcin Buyuk, vice-chairman of the Turkish council of forensic medicine which carried out the autopsies on Friday.

Israeli commandos stormed a flotilla of aid ships planning to break the Israeli sea blockade of Gaza on Monday. The deaths, which all took place on one ship, the Mavi Marmara, drew widespread condemnation.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Autopsy-shows-Gaza-activists-were-hit-30-times-Report/articleshow/6013286.cms

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Pak schoolboy ties knot, expelled

Jun 5, 2010

PESHAWAR: A Pakistani pupil has been expelled from his private school for getting married on the sly because teachers believe marital relations are inappropriate playground talk.

Ghairat Khan, a bearded seventh grader, is registered as 13 years old and attends classes at the English-language Peshawar Model School with 12 and 13-year-old boys, but insisted he is 18.

It can be common for children to fall back several years at school in parts of Pakistan and Khan said he married his 16-year-old cousin because his father died and his mother was ill with asthma.

Under civil law in Pakistan, boys can marry at 18 and girls 16, but under Islamic law, younger unions are permitted with parental consent. About five feet six inches, Khan said his family comes from the tribal district of Mohmand.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/-Pak-schoolboy-ties-knot-expelled/articleshow/6013663.cms

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Karachi lady who listened, virtually

Nandita Sengupta

May 30, 2010

Photographs get morphed; contact numbers from stolen mobiles are used to stalk; confidential emails and text messages become grounds for bullying. With cases of cyber-harassment increasingly coming to light in Pakistan, Karachi-based new media expert Jehan Ara realized how little anyone knew about the technology of it all.

Ara found that the victims – mostly young women – and those who sought to help them – women’s groups and activists – were clueless about abuse-using technology. “They put up lots of photos, lots of their lives’ experiences on social networking sites but don’t know how it can all go wrong,” says Ara, president of Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@sha). The ignorance troubled her. She feared the misuse of technology would end up discouraging women from using it. And she wanted to prevent this.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Home/Sunday-TOI/View-From-Venus/Karachi-lady-who-listened-virtually/articleshow/5989830.cms

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"India believes in need for dialogue with Pakistan"

By Anwar Iqbal

05 Jun, 2010

WASHINGTON: India has assured the United States that it has consistently believed in the need for dialogue to seek a future of peace and cooperation with Pakistan.

Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna used a Thursday evening reception, also attended by US President Barack Obama, to convey this message, which emphasised the need for improving relations with Pakistan after more than 60 years of war, tensions and mutual suspicions.

President Obama used this opportunity to announce that he was looking forward to making ‘history’ by visiting India in November.

Although Mr Obama spoke after the Indian foreign minister, he chose not to comment on Mr Krishna’s remarks about Pakistan, which included a promise to build a better future and also a strong warning against “the continuing threat of terrorism”, which he said was “a cause of great concern for us in India”.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/21-krishna-assures-us-india-believes-in-talks-with-pakistan-560-sk-07

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Kashmir survey was sponsored by Gaddafi's son Saif

Jun 5, 2010

New Delhi: A survey which showed that only 2% of the people in Jammu & Kashmir want to join Pakistan was sponsored by Libya's president Muammar Gaddafi's son Saif, its author Robert W Bradnock said here today.

Bradnock, a senior fellow at British think-tank Chatham House, told Outlook in an interview that the idea of conducting the survey in Kashmir was decided upon after several rounds of discussions between him and Saif Gaddafi.

"We first came in touch when Saif was running a charity in Libya which was trying to help Kashmiri refugees, mainly in Pakistan," he said. "He had visited refugee camps in 2001, when Kashmir was dominated by militancy. He was concerned with the humanitarian nature of the crisis".

The survey had showed that only 2% of Kashmiris wanted to go with Pakistan and 43% on both sides of the Line of Control preferred independence to all other options.

The Asian Age

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Afzal Guru's mercy plea file sent back to Home Ministry

Jun 5, 2010

NEW DELHI: The file on the mercy petition of Afzal Guru — the Parliament attack case convict who was sentenced to death — has been sent back by Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Tejendra Khanna to the Union Home Ministry.

Sources in the Lieutenant-Governor's Secretariat confirmed on Friday that the file was sent to the Ministry on Thursday evening. Mr. Khanna has given his opinion on the matter after detailed discussions with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and other officials.

The Ministry sent Afzal's file to the Delhi government in 2006 seeking its opinion on the mercy petition filed before the President of India by Afzal's wife Tabassum.

The file remained with the Delhi government for nearly four years, during which the government took the opinion of the Delhi Police, the Directorate of Prosecution, and the Probation Officer of the Social Welfare Department.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/06/05/stories/2010060567402600.htm

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Turkey's ties with Israel under the scanner

Atul Aneja

Jun 5, 2010

DUBAI: Turkey's ties with Israel could plunge to a new low as Ankara threatened to draw-down its economic and military ties with Tel Aviv in the wake of Monday's Israeli attack on the Gaza aid flotilla.

Nine people, most of them Turkish activists were killed when Israeli commandos slithered from helicopters and stormed Mavi Marmara, the lead Gaza bound aid ship of the convoy.

On Friday, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said that Ankara

was “assessing deals with Israel”. “We are serious about this subject,” he told the Turkish broadcaster NTV.

“We may plan to reduce our relations with Israel to a minimum, but to assume everything involving another country is stopped in an instant, to say we have crossed you out of our address book, is not the custom of our state.”

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/06/05/stories/2010060566471800.htm

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`Secret war' expands globally IN EXCLUSIVE PARTNERSHIP WITH

Karen DeYoung & Greg Jaffe

Jun 5, 2010

US Special Operations forces play greater role in clandestine war against Al Qaeda, radical groups OBAMA HAS ALLOWED THINGS THAT THE PREVIOUS ADMINISTRATION DID NOT

Beneath its commitment to soft-spoken diplomacy and beyond the combat zones of Afghanistan and Iraq, the Obama administration has significantly expanded a large- ly secret US war against Al Qaeda and other radical groups, according to senior military and administration officials.

Special Operations forces have grown both in numbers and budget, and are deployed in 75 countries, compared with about 60 at the beginning of last year. In addition to units that have spent years in the Philippines and Colombia, teams are operating in Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Concerns over Myanmar's N-plan

Richard Norton

Jun 5, 2010

The intent is clear and that is a very disturbing matter for international agreements.

ROBERT KELLEY Researcher

Fresh claims that Myanmar is trying to acquire the know-how and material to build a nuclear weapon, based on information provided by a former army officer, are pub- lished on Friday, renewing con- cern about the extent of the junta's military ambitions.

Unrealistic experiments and crude engineering suggest that success may be beyond Myanmar's reach,sayresearchers for an opposition media group.

They base their claims on information provided by Sai Thein Win, a former major in the Myanmar army, who is said to have been trained in Russia in missile technology. He has since defected from Myanmar.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Taliban commander in Kandahar dead: NATO

Jun 5, 2010

KABUL - NATO said Friday that troops had killed the Taliban's top commander for Kandahar city during a gunbattle with insurgents armed with machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

NATO identified him as Mullah Zergay, called him "the top Taliban commander for the Kandahar city area" and accused him of being responsible for multiple deaths in Kandahar, as well as directing attacks in nearby districts.

He was killed in Kandahar's Zhari district last week, NATO's International Security Assistance Force said.

"Zergay directed insurgent activities in the Arghandab and Zharay districts, including Kandahar City. He used explosives in nearly all of his operations and was directly responsible for multiple deaths in Kandahar city alone," it said.

Full report at:

http://www.calgaryherald.com/news/Taliban+commander+Kandahar+dead+NATO/3112151/story.html

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Amid inflation, steepest hike in Haj expenses

Zia Haq

Jun 5, 2010

Haj expenses are set to go up steeply, as inflation-hit Saudi Arabia raised pilgrimage service charges for 2010, par- ticularly accommodation and transportation costs, by at least 12 per cent.

A hike in airfare charged by Air India, which was raised to Rs 16,000 from Rs 12,000 last year but could not be imple- mented, will also take effect this year.

Indians make up one of the largest Haj contingents, with 150,461 faithfuls performing the annual Muslim pilgrimage last year.

Saudi inflation rose for the fourth straight month in April to a 10-month high of 4.9 per cent, according to the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA).

Higher food costs and low availability of housing in Saudi Arabia were pushing up infla- tion, according to analysts.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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Israel signals flexibility on Gaza

Isabel Kershner

Jun 5, 2010

JERUSALEM: While still insisting that its blockade of Gaza is essential to its security, Israel is now shifting its position, “exploring new ways” of allowing goods to reach the coastal enclave, an Israeli official said.

Describing the latest thinking within the government on the condition of anonymity, the official said Israel was determined to have every ship heading to Gaza inspected to prevent the smuggling of rockets and other weapons. But at the same time, he said, the government wanted to facilitate the entry of civilian goods.

The government’s new flexibility follows a week of unrelenting international outrage over Israel’s commando raid on an aid flotilla, and reports that senior US officials were calling for a “new approach” in Gaza and had concluded that the blockade was untenable.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-signals-flexibility-on-Gaza/articleshow/6013638.cms

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US seeks to avert new violent clash with Gaza-bound ship

Jun 5, 2010

WASHINGTON: The United States said Friday it was trying to help avert another violent clash at sea involving Israel as an Irish aid ship headed for the Gaza Strip.

"Everybody wants to avoid another confrontation and avoid a repeat of Monday's... tragic events," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.

"We are working with the Israelis. We're working with the Palestinian Authority, other international partners. We're looking to see how we can best accomplish this," Crowley said.

"We have been in touch with the Irish government," he said.

The Irish government urged Israel Friday to show restraint over an Irish aid boat preparing to defy an Israeli blockade and deliver supplies to Gaza.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/US/US-seeks-to-avert-new-violent-clash-with-Gaza-bound-ship/articleshow/6013195.cms

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Up to 10,000 protest against Israel in Istanbul

Jun 4, 2010

ISTANBUL: Around 10,000 people waving Turkish and Palestinian flags and shouting anti-Israeli slogans rallied today in support of victims of the Israeli raid on Gaza-bound aid ships, a reporter said.

The crowd gathered at the historic Beyazit Mosque in Istanbul, where prayers were held for a journalist who was killed in Monday's raid, along with eight other Turks.

"Murderer Israel, go away from Palestine!", "Long live the global intifada," the mourners chanted, shouting also "Long live Hamas" in reference to the Palestinian movement controlling Gaza.

"Close the Zionist embassy," read a giant banner displayed at the mosque courtyard.

The crowd held both Friday prayers and funeral prayers for Cevdet Kiliclar, the 38-year-old web editor of the Islamic charity which spearheaded the campaign to break Israel's blockade of Gaza and deliver some 10,000 tonnes of supplies to its impoverished people.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Up-to-10000-protest-against-Israel-in-Istanbul/articleshow/6012320.cms

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Lahore police on high alert over ‘sensitive’ Friday

Jun 04 2010

Lahore: Keeping in view past terror incidents which took place particularly on Friday, the Lahore Police have declared a high alert today.

SSP Operations Lahore, Chaudhry Shafiq has ordered snap checking and search operation in the city to avert any untoward incident.

“We have declared Friday ‘sensitive’ because most of the attacks occurred on that day,” The News quoted Shafiq, as saying.

In a letter to Punjab Inspector General Tariq Salim Dogar, Shafiq also demanded500 bulletproof jackets and latest weaponry to cope with the situation.

Exactly a week before, heavily armed attackers had raided two mosques belonging to minority Ahmedi sects in Garhi Sahu and Model Town areas of Lahore killing over 80 persons and injuries dozens other.

In the recent past, extremists have particularly struck on Friday targeting religious places across Pakistan to cause maximum damage, as a huge number of people gather for special prayers in mosques.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/lahore-police-on-high-alert-over-sensitive-friday/629437/

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Israel seizes new Gaza-bound aid ship: Activist

Jun 05 2010

Israel: Israeli forces seized an Irish-owned ship bound for Gaza on Saturday, boarding the Rachel Corrie some 55 km (35 miles) out in the Mediterranean, a spokeswoman for the campaign group supporting the ship said.

It was unclear whether there was any violence, although those aboard had said in advance they would not resist.

An Israeli military spokeswoman said she had no information. Israel had said it would not let the ship through.

The vessel, named after an American pro-Palestinian activist killed in the Gaza Strip in 2003, was seized five days after a convoy of six was halted, including a Turkish ship on which 9 men were killed by Israeli commandos who stormed aboard.

Among those aboard the Rachel Corrie, campaigners said, were Nobel Peace Prize winner Mairead Maguire from Northern Ireland and Denis Halliday, an Irish former senior official at the United Nations.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/israel-seizes-new-gazabound-aid-ship-activist/629834/

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Kurds say small unit of Iranian troops enters Iraq

5 June 2010

ARBIL, Iraq - A small unit of Iranian soldiers has entered Iraqi territory in pursuit of Kurdish rebels in the north, officials in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region said on Friday.

A spokesman for the Kurdish region’s security forces, known as peshmerga, said the Iranians had penetrated two km (1.2 miles) into Kurdistan’s Arbil province on Thursday with several military vehicles and a tank, and were erecting positions.

“This is a clear violation of Iraqi borders and the Iraqi government has to intervene,” said Major-General Jabbar Yawar.

Arbil governor Nawzad Hadi said: “We have informed the head of the (Kurdistan) regional government in order to take the necessary action.”

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/June/middleeast_June194.xml&section=middleeast

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India can thrust war on Pakistan, Pak tells Nato

June 05, 2010

BRUSSELS: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, while pointing towards the Pakistan-specific Indian military doctrines such as the Cold Start, has urged the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) to take active interest in South Asian security perspective.

“We remain concerned over Pakistan-specific Indian military doctrines such as the Cold Start envisaging a limited conventional war under the nuclear overhang, huge increase in Indian military budget and massive weapon acquisitions,” he said.

“These together with discriminatory policies especially in the nuclear and technological arena have accentuated the regional imbalance in South Asia,” he said while addressing the North Atlantic Council (NAC) here on Friday. Gilani said it was a nuclearised region and issues of peace, strategic stability and security pose formidable challenges to Pakistan and impinge on global peace and security.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=29281

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Taliban kill two men in North Waziristan for ‘spying’

June 05, 2010

PESHAWAR: Two more men were killed in North Waziristan on charges of ‘spying’ on Taliban for the US forces in Afghanistan.

Tribesmen said beheaded body of a 70-year old Afghan national, Mohammad Wadeen, was found near Tableeghi Markaz in Miramshah, principal town of North Waziristan.Unknown armed men, suspected to be militants, had kidnapped him about four months ago. Tribal sources said the slain Afghan national had taken an active part during the Afghan jehad against the Soviet forces. He was living at a village near Chashma Pul, close to Miramshah.

It was after a long time that suspected militants beheaded someone on spying charges. The militants have stopped beheading the alleged spies after the Afghan Taliban leader Mulla Mohammad Omar termed beheading as un-Islamic.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=243231

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 “Individuals, not outfits operating in Pakistan

04 Jun, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Friday said that the federal government had devised a policy about the banned outfits and had forwarded it to all provinces. He said that it was not the banned outfits but instead the banned individuals who were operating in the country.

While addressing the National Assembly and Senate, and talking to journalists in Parliament House, Malik said the government was taking every possible step to enforce law and order in the country.

About the situation in Karachi’s Lyari, he said that different gangs were fighting each other in the area and they were hiding behind the names of different political parties.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/16-individuals,+not+outfits+operating+in+pakistan-hs-05

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3 militants killed in clash with Lashkar

05 Jun, 2010

KOHAT, June 4: At least three militants were killed and one volunteer injured in an armed clash between Qaumi Lashkar and banned Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan in the semi autonomous tribal area of Kohat district on Friday.

Reports reaching here from the Jawaki Ara Khel area of Frontier Region of Kohat said that the militants attacked the house of a Levies constable Janas Khan with hand grenades in which a volunteer was injured.

As the news spread in the area the Qaumi Lashkar reached the spot and engaged the militants in a gunbattle. The Lashkar claimed that the volunteers had killed three militants.

The security forces were rushed for the help of the Lashkar and intense fighting was continuing in the area till filing of this report.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/3-militants-killed-in-clash-with-lashkar-560

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Israel may come under pressure at IAEA meeting

05 Jun, 2010

VIENNA, June 4: Arab nations are expected to use a UN atomic watchdog meeting next week to draw attention to Israel’s policy of nuclear ambiguity and urge it to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The discussion comes after a month-long UN conference in New York to review the NPT which put pressure on Israel and at a time of wider international scrutiny of the Jewish state after its raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

Although no conclusion is expected, it will be the first time the International Atomic Energy Agency’s board of governors has discussed the topic since 1991. Diplomats say it may be used to divert focus from perennial topics like Iran and Syria.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/israel-may-come-under-pressure-at-iaea-meeting-560

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Gun battles continue in Lyari, 4 more killed

05 Jun, 2010

KARACHI: Four more people were killed in the Lyari area on Friday as gun battles continued in the area for a third consecutive day, bringing the death toll to 21. A new phase of gun battle started in the wee hours of Friday when the associates of gangster Ghaffar Zikri fired a rocket at their rivals near Angara Mosque in Ali Muhammad Muhalla, killing the of People’s Amn Committee Chairman Uzair Baloch’s bodyguard Ali Muhammad alias Wehshi and two others. Following the incident, the gun battle entered in the new phrase and gangsters used heavy machine guns and rockets launchers with each other. During the gun battles, four people Ilahi Bux, Anwar Ali, Asghar Ali and Abdul Rashid sustained bullets injuries and immediately shifted to Civil Hospital Karachi for treatment where Bux succumbed to his injuries. Law enforcement agencies evacuated the whole of Lyari as the gangsters fired at least 50 rockets and used heavy ammunition against each other. Gunfights continued between the Rehman Dakait group and the defector group of Ghaffar Zikri in various areas of Lyari Town till the filing this story.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\05\story_5-6-2010_pg7_16

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Blasts, shootings kill 5 in Russia’s Caucasus

05 Jun, 2010

NAZRAN: Blasts and shootings on Friday killed five people and injured at least 26 in Russia’s North Caucasus where the Kremlin is struggling to contain an insurgency.

Near the town of Malgobek in Ingushetia, a policeman was killed and 25 people injured when a second bomb exploded in a shop bombed earlier in the day, a police spokesman told Reuters.

Police at the scene told Reuters an insurgent was also killed in a gunfight that ensued between officers and militants.

In a separate incident, a woman selling vodka from a kiosk was shot dead in Malgobek by unidentified gunmen, sources close to the police said.

The mainly Muslim North Caucasus is plagued by violence.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\05\story_5-6-2010_pg4_8

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Iranians stage massive anti-Israeli demo

05 Jun 2010

Iranians have staged a massive demonstration to condemn Israel's deadly attack on a Gaza aid convoy and the continued blockade of the Palestinian enclave.

Millions of protestors took to streets following the weekly Friday prayers in protest to Monday's lethal attack by Israel's naval commandos on the Freedom Flotilla while the six-ship fleet was in international waters.

Protesters chanted slogans in support of the Palestinian people and in condemnation of the Zionist regime.

A six point statement was issued at the end of the demonstration in which protestors called on the international community and the UN Security Council to take “immediate and serious measures” to stop Israeli crimes.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=129030&sectionid=351020101

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Offspring of bin Laden mentor were on ‘Mavi Marmari’

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH

05/06/2010

A grandson of Sheikh Abdullah Yusuf Azzam will join the next convoy to Gaza.

Among the activists who were onboard the Gaza aid ships were the grandson and son-in-law of Sheikh Abdullah Yusuf Azzam, a Palestinian teacher and mentor of al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden, Palestinian sources revealed on Thursday.

The 19-year-old grandson, Muhammad, was accompanied by his father, Abdullah Anas, who is married to the sheikh’s daughter, Summaya, the sources said.

Another grandson, Ahmed, 17, is planning to join the next aid convoy to the Gaza Strip.

Azzam, who was born in a small village near Jenin in 1941, traveled throughout the Middle East, Europe and North America in the 1980s to raise money and preach about jihad.

In one speech in Brooklyn, Azzam urged his followers to wage jihad in the US. He explained that jihad “means fighting only, fighting with the sword.”

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/MiddleEast/Article.aspx?id=177457

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Gaza rocket strikes Israel: Army

Jun 5, 2010

JERUSALEM: A rocket fired from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip landed in southern Israel on Saturday morning but caused no casualties, the Israeli military said.

"A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip crashed in the western part of the Negev desert without causing any casualties," an army spokesman said.

Israel launched a devastating assault on the Palestinian coastal territory in December 2008 aimed at halting rocket fire.

Some 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed in the 22-day war.

After a year of quiet following the assault, Gaza militants have stepped up rocket fire on the Jewish state, with 60 rockets and mortars striking Israeli territory since January, according to the army.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Middle-East/Gaza-rocket-strikes-Israel-Army/articleshow/6014694.cms

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