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Rare Transplant in India saves Pak baby’s life

'Reconnaissance for attack a warning to Iran'

Now a Bareillvi Fatwa: Muslim women can work in offices but with veil

‘CIA planned to depict Saddam gay before 2003 Iraq invasion’

Kenya court rules Islamic courts are illegal

'Post-9/11, many Indian scientists left NASA'

I’m fed up; hang me quickly if you have to: Afzal in plea to top court

Ahmedabad tense after communal riots

UN calls on India, Pakistan to join NPT, CTBT

Court stays Ansari's execution in American Center attack case

Young, Kurdish, and jailed in Turkey

Why is the Arab world frozen in time?

'Agni 5 can target China, Pak by 2011'

US to expand covert ops in Mideast

Israeli academics: Chomsky ban ‘blow to democracy’

India's approach self-delusional: Pak

Iran releases filmmaker Jafar Panahi

Ahmadinejad urges Obama to accept nuke swap deal

3 in 5 Australians support burqa ban

Musharraf evacuated from UK-bound flight following bomb scare

Two killed in armed attack on Lahore court complex

Pak intelligence warns of 'major terror attack' on US mission

Iraqi Airways to be closed following bankruptcy

Nuclear Iran poses greater danger to Russia than US: Kissinger

Gaddafi’s son says Lockerbie bomber very sick

Benazir murder case: Verdict on petition seeking probe suspension reserved

Indian strategy after 9/11: Implications for Pakistan

Lion's Den: How Islamists came to dominate European Islam

Bangladesh seizes 4 militant suspects, explosives

Compiled by: New Age Islam News Bureau

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Rare Transplant in India saves Pak baby's life

May 26, 2010

New Delhi: When Pakistani nationals Maliha and Imran Gulzar were told that their newborn, Shaheer Imran,suffered from a rare genetic disorder their world came crashing down. Doctors said bone marrow transplant was the only way to save his life. But since he had a genetic defect, autologous (stem cells are harvested from self) bone marrow transplant was not possible.

In October last year, Shaheers parents got in touch with doctors at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH). We enquired in the US.Cord blood cell transplant was costing us close to Rs 2 crore. So, Shaheers doctor in Pakistan helped us get in touch with doctors in India, said Gulzar.

In January, Shaheers parents brought him to India in a last-ditch attempt to save their only sons life. He was given chemotherapy for 10 days in order to destroy his defective bone marrow. Then, fresh cord blood stem cells were introduced in his body in March. We had no option but to use cord blood stem cells. He is fortunate as the disease was diagnosed in the initial stages. Most kids die before a diagnosis is made. In this genetic disorder, children have high grade fever, the total leukocyte count, platelet count and haemoglobin fall drastically. The body loses its ability to fight infections, said Dr Anupam Sachdeva, senior consultant, paediatrics at SGRH, who conducted the transplant.

Shaheer is among only 10 patients who have successfully undergone cord blood stem cell transplant in India. The one-year-old, who underwent the procedure in March, is also the first case in the country in which cord blood stem cells were taken from two unrelated sources. The entire procedure took us less than Rs 20 lakh, said the boy’s father.

Explaining the process, Dr SP Yadav, who was part of the transplant team, said: We first got his (Shaheer) Human Leukocyte Antigen (HLA) test reports and asked the cord blood bank to look for a suitable match?

Yadav further said: HLA typing is necessary so that stem cells are not rejected by his body. We got a few matches and then we screened those samples for concentration of healthy stem cells. As the babys weight was more than 15 kg, we had to use stem cells from two sources and this has never been attempted in India.

He has responded well to the treatment. He is currently on immunosuppressant but once the cells multiply, his immunity will be developed and we will stop it, said Dr Sachdeva.

We have asked the Pakistani couple to bring little Shaher for regular check-ups for the next three months, he said.

The Times of India

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'Reconnaissance for attack a warning to Iran'

By HERB KEINON

May 26, 2010

Reports that the Pentagon has Okayed reconnaissance missions over Iran were seen in Jerusalem on Tuesday as the first public signs of practical preparations for a possible US military operation against Iran.

The New York Times reported on Monday that Gen. David Petraeus, the top American commander in the Middle East, ordered an expansion of clandestine military activity in the region. According to the report, “officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate.”

The article continued that the seven-page directive “appears to authorize specific operations in Iran, most likely to gather intelligence about the country’s nuclear program or identify dissident groups that might be useful for a future military offensive.”

Although it is obvious that the Pentagon has contingency plans for all possible scenarios, one Israeli official said this was “the first time that the public is getting word of practical preparations of military activity.”

The official said that if this was a deliberate leak, then it was clearly an attempt to send a tough message to the Iranians that, indeed, no options – as the US has been saying for months – have been taken off the table.

And even if this were not a deliberate leak, the official added, the impression the information would have on Teheran would still be the same.

Also on Tuesday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told the Knesset that the deal brokered by Turkey and Brazil last week whereby Iran would transfer 1,200 kilos of low-enriched uranium abroad was “a transparent Iranian ruse meant to divert the international public’s attention from sanctions.”

Addressing the assembled MKs, Netanyahu said the deal, which drew mixed responses from the permanent UN Security Council members and in particular the US, would still leave enough uranium in Iran’s possession to produce a nuclear weapon.

“This proposal also guarantees Iran the right to take back at any point the kilograms [of uranium] transferred to Turkey,” the prime minister said, praising Washington for deciding to press forward in its pursuit of a fourth round of Security Council sanctions.

Nevertheless, Netanyahu said that while important symbolically, “I think we all know these sanctions will not stop Iran.”

The prime minister said that “more effective sanctions are being prepared now by the US Congress. They will affect, among other things, the energy sector, imports, exports and other areas. The US will be able to pass these sanctions outside the Security Council or in conjunction with it.”

Teheran, Netanyahu said, must “understand that the international community is determined to prevent it from acquiring nuclear arms.” 

http://www.jpost.com/IranianThreat/News/Article.aspx?id=176483

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Fatwa: Muslim women can work in offices but with veil

May 26 2010

Muzaffarnagar : Days after a leading Islamic seminary held as un-Islamic women working in offices in proximity with men, another seminary has issued a fatwa that Muslim women can work in offices but with a veil.

Mufti of Darul Iftah of Bareilvi Sharif Mohd Ayyub Alem Rizvi has issued the fatwa that Muslim women can work in institutions after wearing the veil but with some conditions.

However, the conditions were not known.

He also said in the fatwa that Muslims can work in banks under the Islamic law because the interest earned by banks is profit.

The fatwa was issued at Bareily in Uttar Pradesh to a query posed before the Iftah by the activist of Raza Muslim Mission Syed Safe Ali.

Earlier, Darul Uloom Deoband has held as un-Islamic women working in offices in proximity with men and decreed that acceptance of her earnings by a family was against the Sharia.

The Sharia law prohibits proximity of women and men in a workplace, said a recent fatwa (dictat) issued by a bench of clerics headed by Chief Mufti Habib-ur-Rehman.

The Darul Uloom had also declared the job of writing and calculating interest based work in banks and insurance companies as unlawful.

Both Deoband and Bareilvi belong to Sunni clerics.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/fatwa-muslim-women-can-work-in-offices-but-with-veil/623993/

 

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‘CIA planned to depict Saddam gay before 2003 Iraq invasion’

May 26 2010

Washington: The CIA devised a campaign to discredit Saddam Hussein, by depicting him as gay, during the planning for the 2003 invasion of Iraq, a media report said.

The US spy agency secretly plotted to flood Iraq with a video purporting to show the Iraqi dictator having sex with a teenage boy, according to ‘The Washington Post’ which quoted two former American intelligence officials as saying.

“It would look like it was taken by a hidden camera.

Very grainy, like it’s a secret videotaping of a sex session.

The idea was to then flood Iraq with the videos,” said one of the former CIA officials.

Another idea was to interrupt the Iraqi TV programming with a fake special news bulletin -- an actor playing Saddam would announce he was stepping down in favour of his son Uday.

“I’m sure you will throw your support behind His Excellency Uday,” the fake Hussein would intone.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/cia-planned-to-depict-saddam-gay-before-2003-iraq-invasion/624026/

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Kenya court rules Islamic courts are illegal

May 26, 2010

Kenya's Islamic courts are illegal and discriminatory, a panel of judges has ruled.

The three judges said the Islamic "Kadhi" courts favoured Islam over other faiths, and that this was unconstitutional as Kenya was a secular country.

The issue of Islamic courts has been a contentious point in the country's new proposed constitution.

It is due to go to a referendum in August.

The Kadhi courts - set up under British colonial rule - mainly deal with matters of marriage and inheritance for Kenya's Muslim minority.

The Christian church in Kenya brought the case to court six years ago.

As part of a power-sharing deal to end deadly riots following elections in December 2007, it was agreed that a new constitution would be written.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/africa/10150615.stm

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'Post-9/11, many Indian scientists left NASA'

May 26 2010

Washington: Identifying India as a 'big partner' of the US space programme, NASA has applauded the country's efforts in using its space missions for "societal needs."

"I think it's 85 per cent of their budget is spent on what they call societal needs. It's earth science, climate change, those kinds of things, and they still insist that they're going to bring about a human space flight programme, you know, by 2020 or so," NASA Administrator Charles F Bolden said.

Terming India as a big partner of the United States in its space programme, Bolden said. "They (India) want that independent ability, but they still want to partner with us. They came back because they like what we do in terms of earth science and climatology. They like what we do in terms of planetary science. And they want to be a part of that."

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/post9-11-many-indian-scientists-left-nasa/623961/

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I’m fed up, hang me quickly if you have to: Afzal in plea to top court

                                                      Neeraj Chauhan     

May 26 2010

New Delhi : Sentenced to death in the Parliament attack case, Mohammad Afzal Guru wants a quick decision on his mercy petition, whatever the outcome. Fed up with “solitary confinement” and the “delay”, he has approached the Supreme Court with a plea saying “hang me quickly if I have to be hanged” and “if not, decide on that as well”.

In his plea, Guru has also said that if a decision is not being taken on his mercy petition, then he should be shifted to Jammu and Kashmir.

His counsel N D Pancholi told The Indian Express that Guru filed a plea in the Supreme Court in March through the legal department of the Tihar Jail. He first sent it on his own by post but it was returned and later sent through jail authorities. Pancholi said the matter has not yet been listed in the Supreme Court.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/im-fed-up-hang-me-quickly-if-you-have-to-afzal-in-plea-to-top-court/623839/

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Ahmedabad tense after communal riots

May 26, 2010

Ahmedabad: The Shahpur area remained on the boil on Tuesday as violence that flared up late on Monday night resumed on Tuesday afternoon,forcing police to fire in the air to scare away violent mobs.

According to Shahpur police station officials,they had to fire five rounds in the air and use teargas shells on Tuesday to disperse a mob that burnt a jeep and three shops.

On Monday,the police had to fire seven rounds in the air and use 113 teargas shells to control the rioting mob.Reports said one person was shot at and two were injured in an acid attack.The authorities have posted over 300 policemen in the riot-hit areas.According to officials,trouble started late on Monday night when a marriage procession was passing by a mosque.

 Full report at:  The Times of India

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UN calls on India, Pakistan to join NPT, CTBT

May 26, 2010

UNITED NATIONS: Breaking the tradition of not naming countries, the first draft of the final document of 2010 Nuclear-Non Proliferation Treaty Review conference has asked India, Pakistan and Israel to join NPT and CTBT.

"The conference calls upon India, Israel and Pakistan to accede to the treaty as non-nuclear weapon states, promptly and without conditions, thereby accepting an internationally legally binding commitment not to acquire nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices," the first draft of the document said.

"The conference also calls upon India and Pakistan to maintain moratoriums on nuclear testing and calls upon India, Israel and Pakistan to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) without delay and without conditions," it said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/UN-calls-on-India-Pakistan-to-join-NPT-CTBT/articleshow/5975616.cms

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Court stays Ansari's execution in American Center attack case

J. Venkatesan

May 26, 2010

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed the execution of the death penalty awarded to Aftab Ansari in the case of the January 22, 2002 terrorist attack on the American Center in Kolkata.

On May 10, the court had stayed the execution of the death sentence to another accused, Md. Jamiluddin Nasir.

Now a vacation Bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and C.K. Prasad, on an appeal from Ansari, stayed the execution and issued notice to the West Bengal seeking its response.

The Calcutta High Court in February this year upheld the death sentence given by a lower court to the Dubai-based don and Nasir. While three others convicted by the lower court were sentenced to life, the High Court acquitted the remaining two for lack of evidence.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/2010/05/26/stories/2010052663561400.htm

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Young, Kurdish, and jailed in Turkey

By Jonathan Head

May 26, 2010

Hundreds of children in Turkey's Kurdish south-east have been jailed for taking part in anti-government protests, and are treated no differently from adults.

Berivan Sayaca is an attractive, 15-year-old Kurdish girl with black, wavy hair who loves horse-riding and playing the guitar.

She is also a convicted terrorist - serving an eight-year sentence in the high-security prison in Diyarbakir, the largest Kurdish city in Turkey. How she got there is a tale that could be straight out of Kafka, that exposes one of modern Turkey's darkest sides.

The Turkish armed forces have been fighting insurgents of the PKK, or Kurdish Workers Party, for more than a quarter of a century.

More than 40,000 people are believed to have died in the conflict, on both sides.

Full report at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/europe/10146284.stm

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Why is the Arab world frozen in time?

By Kai Bird

May 26, 2010

(CNN) -- Arab modernity. Why is it that at the beginning of the 21st century the Arab world seems stuck in time? Why are most Arabs still ruled by kings or military dictatorships? And specifically, why has the most populous Arab nation, Egypt, been governed by one man for nearly three decades?

President Hosni Mubarak, a former general, came to power in the aftermath of Anwar Sadat's assassination in October 1981. He has ruled Egypt ever since under a state of emergency.

Last week, Mubarak's regime extended for another two years a Draconian emergency law that permits police to detain individuals indefinitely, prohibits unauthorized assembly and severely restricts freedom of speech.

Full report at:

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/OPINION/05/26/bird.arab.modernity/index.html?iref=allsearch

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'Agni 5 can target China, Pak by 2011'

May 26 2010

New Delhi : India is likely to enter the elite club of nations with Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) capability as the over 5,000 km range Agni-5 missile was expected to become a reality by next year.

"Work is progressing satisfactorily in the development of Agni-5, which is expected to become a reality next year. With this, DRDO would have given India a comprehensive indigenous strategic capability, available with only a few nations of the world," DRDO chief V K Saraswat said at the National Technology Day awards function here.

Agni-5 will be the first canistered ballistic missile with range of over 5,000 km into Indian inventory, bringing possible military targets in the whole of China and Pakistan within striking range. The missile is likely to be tested early next year.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/agni-5-can-target-china-pak-by-2011/624003/

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US to expand covert ops in Mideast

Mark Mazzett

May 26, 2010

WASHINGTON: The top American commander in the Middle East has ordered a broad expansion of clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups or counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region, according to defense officials and military documents.

The secret directive, signed in September by Gen David Petraeus, authorizes the sending of American Special Operations troops to both friendly and hostile nations in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Horn of Africa to gather intelligence and build ties with local forces. Officials said the order also permits reconnaissance that could pave the way for possible military strikes in Iran if tensions over its nuclear ambitions escalate.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-to-expand-covert-ops-in-Mideast/articleshow/5975074.cms

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Israeli academics: Chomsky ban ‘blow to democracy’

May 26, 2010

More than 500 Israeli academics have denounced the Government decision banning famed Jewish-American linguist Noam Chomsky from entering the West Bank last week.

In a letter to Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Tuesday, they accuse the Ministry of harming democracy and academic freedoms. The letter says: “Blocking someone whose opinions are not accepted is a mortal blow to democracy.”

Signatories included faculty and students, linguists and philosophers.

The 81-year-old Chomsky, an outspoken critic of Israel, was to speak at a West Bank university last week when Israeli authorities barred him from entering from neighboring Jordan.

The Interior Ministry later said the border agent had made a mistake and Chomsky was welcome to return.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/258229/Israeli-academics-Chomsky-ban-%E2%80%98blow-to-democracy%E2%80%99.html

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India's approach self-delusional: Pak

May 26, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has asked the US to nudge India to address contentious issues in order to bridge the trust deficit between the two countries instead of looking at the distrust solely through the prism of terrorism, a media report said on Wednesday.

"We want the US to encourage India to take steps for improving the human rights situation in Kashmir, moving forward on Siachen and Sir Creek and agreeing to arbitration on the Kishanganga hydropower project," a senior unnamed diplomat was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.

The message was conveyed by the Pakistani leadership to the US administration through diplomatic channels even as Pakistan and India move towards a phased process worked out by their Foreign Ministers for building trust and confidence before the revival of peace talks suspended in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Pakistan/Indias-approach-self-delusional-Pak/articleshow/5976455.cms

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Iran releases filmmaker Jafar Panahi

May 26, 2010

TEHRAN: Iran released an internationally renowned filmmaker and opposition supporter on bail on Tuesday after more than two months in custody, state TV reported.

Jafar Panahi, who has won awards at the Chicago, Cannes and Berlin film festivals, was freed on bail of about $200,000, but the report said his indictment would be sent to a revolutionary court for future action.

The decision came about a week after the 49-year-old filmmaker began a hunger strike to protest his imprisonment. He also demanded to be allowed to see his family, meet with a lawyer and be set free pending trial.

It was unclear what charges Panahi faces. Cases referred to revolutionary courts are usually security related.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/Middle-East/Iran-releases-filmmaker-Jafar-Panahi/articleshow/5973550.cms

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Ahmadinejad urges Obama to accept nuke swap deal

May 26 2010

Kerman (Iran) : Iran's president Wednesday urged Barack Obama to accept a nuclear fuel swap deal, warning the US leader will miss a historic opportunity for improved cooperation from Tehran if the offer is rejected.

Mahmoud Ahamdinejad also issued a stern warning to Russia, saying Moscow's support for the US-led push for a new round of UN sanctions against Iran was contrary to the two countries' neighbourly and friendly relations.

Washington has denounced the Iranian offer, brokered last week by Brazil and Turkey, as a ploy by Tehran to avoid a new round of UN sanctions over its controversial nuclear program, which the West fears is geared toward nuclear weapons.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/ahmadinejad-urges-obama-to-accept-nuke-swap-deal/624030/

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3 in 5 Australians support burqa ban

May 26 2010

Melbourne: A survey has found that three in five Australians would support a ban on Muslim women wearing the burqa.

The national online poll of 1000 done this month by UMR Research showed that only 33 per cent were opposed to the ban compared to 59 per cent who were in favour of it, reports the Age.

South Australian Liberal senator Cory Bernardi, who said the burqa was “un-Australian”, had promoted the idea of a ban recently.

But either side of politics has not supported a ban on the burqa.

The greatest support for a ban was among males with 63 per cent, and 55 per cent among women.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/3-in-5-australians-support-burqa-ban/623929/

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Musharraf evacuated from UK-bound flight following bomb scare

May 26 2010

Islamabad: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf was among the passengers taken off a London-bound flight of Virgin Atlantic at New Jersey airport in the US following a bomb scare, a media report said here today.

Musharraf and other passengers were evacuated from the aircraft after a security alert about a suspicious traveller and reports of a bomb in the airliner, Geo News said.

The aircraft was later cleared and all the passengers were given the go-ahead to board it.

However, Musharraf was taken to a local hotel and accommodated there.

A passenger, reportedly from the Middle East, bought a one-way ticket on the flight and paid for it in cash.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/musharraf-evacuated-from-ukbound-flight-following-bomb-scare/623979/

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Two killed in armed attack on Lahore court complex

May 26 2010

Lahore: Two persons, including a lawyer, were killed and four others injured in Pakistan when a group of armed men carried out an attack on a court complex in Punjab's provincial capital today, police said.

The unidentified men stormed the sessions court complex in Katcheri Road and opened fire with their weapons.

They also lobbed several grenades though only one went off.

A lawyer named Chaudhry Mehboob was killed in the attack.

One of the attackers was killed in retaliatory firing by the police.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/two-killed-in-armed-attack-on-lahore-court-complex/624040/

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Pak intelligence warns of 'major terror attack' on US mission

May 26, 2010

Pakistani intelligence agencies have warned that a banned organisation might carry out a suicide attack on the US embassy with an explosives-laden vehicle.

Two stolen vehicles, one belonging to an army officer and another owned by the Pakistan Navy, could be used in the potential attack against the US embassy, Urdu daily Aaj Kal quoted unnamed sources as saying.

A black Toyota Corolla belonging to Brig Qaseer Tareen was stolen from Lahore, while a Suzuki Bolan owned by the Pakistan Navy was stolen from Rawalpindi.

The sources said these two vehicles could be used by a banned outfit for carrying out a "major terror attack."

A group of heavily armed Taliban militants attempted to the US consulate in Peshawar on April 5. They killed at least three persons before they were gunned down by security forces or blew themselves up.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Pak-intelligence-warns-of-major-terror-attack-on-US-mission/Article1-548734.aspx

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Iraqi Airways to be closed following bankruptcy

26 May 2010

The Iraqi government has said it will close the state-owned Iraqi Airways after declaring it bankrupt.

Iraq's transportation ministry told reporters the airline would be closed following a damaging dispute with Kuwait over war repatriations.

Kuwait Airways says the Iraqi flag carrier owes it about $1.2bn for aircraft and plane parts taken during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990.

The ministry blamed "harassment" from Kuwait for the airline's failure.

Last month, lawyers acting for Kuwaiti authorities tried to have an Iraqi Airlines plane confiscated while at London's Gatwick Airport.

It had just arrived following the first direct flight between Baghdad and London for 20 years.

Full report at:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/10162501.stm

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Nuclear Iran poses greater danger to Russia than US: Kissinger

May 26, 2010

Considered to be the dean of diplomacy in the US, Nobel Laureate Henry Kissinger believes that a nuclear Iran, in the middle term, poses greater danger to Russia than America.

"I would say that in the middle term, a nuclear Iran is a greater danger to Russia than it is to the United States, because it is contiguous, and the restive populations of Russia, which are mostly Islamic, are joining Iran," Kissinger told US lawmakers Tuesday.

"Based on my own conversations with Russian leaders, I'm convinced that they are very concerned about Iran," the former US Secretary of State said in response to a question during a Congressional hearing on the New START (for Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty) treaty convened by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/americas/Nuclear-Iran-poses-greater-danger-to-Russia-than-US-Kissinger/Article1-548682.aspx

 

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Gaddafi’s son says Lockerbie bomber very sick

26 May 2010

 LONDON - The Lockerbie bomber is still “very sick” with advanced stage cancer, nine months after he was released from a Scottish jail on compassionate grounds, Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi’s son said Tuesday.

Seif al-Islam, Gaddafi’s eldest son, was asked during a speech in London about the health of Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi, who he escorted home to Libya on a private jet after his release last August.

“Mr. al-Megrahi is very sick. He has cancer in a very advanced stage and he is in Libya. That’s all I know about his condition,” he said.

Megrahi is the only person convicted of the 1998 bombing of a US jet over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, which left 270 people dead.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/May/middleeast_May457.xml&section=middleeast&col=

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Benazir murder case: Verdict on petition seeking probe suspension reserved

26 May, 2010

RAWALPINDI, May 25: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday reserved its judgment on a petition seeking suspension of a second investigation, this time by Federal Investigation Agency, in the murder case of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Justice Asad Munir and Justice Ijaz Ahmed of the LHC’s Rawalpindi bench withheld their verdict on the plea of Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam who had pleaded that the FIA-led joint investigation team should be stopped from carrying out investigations in the case till the outcome of the petition against the legality of reinvestigation.

Petitioner’s lawyer Mohammad Asad Rajpoot said the Punjab police had already concluded their probe and sent the charge-sheet for the trial of the five accused arrested.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/benazir-murder-case-verdict-on-petition-seeking-probe-suspension-reserved-650

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Indian strategy after 9/11: Implications for Pakistan

Noureen Akhtar

May 26, 2010

INDIA and Afghanistan historically have shared close cultural and political ties, and the complexity of their diplomatic history reflects this fact. Since 2001, India has offered huge amount for Afghanistan’s reconstruction, making it the largest regional donor to the country. Afghanistan holds strategic importance for India as, it seeks friendly allies in the neighborhood, and because it is a gateway to energy-rich Central Asian states. “India is looking to ensure that other countries in the region favor or at least are neutral on its conflict with Pakistan,” says J Alexander Thier, an expert on Afghanistan at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP)

Afghanistan has remained in the focus of Indian regional policy because of its geo-strategic location, and having neighbor Iran, Pakistan, and the Central Asian States.

Full report at:

http://dailymailnews.com/0510/26/Editorial_Column/DMArticle.php#1

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Lion's Den: How Islamists came to dominate European Islam

By DANIEL PIPES

05/26/2010

Ian Johnson's new study is classic 1950s intrigue, complete with rehabilitated Nazis, CIA-front organizations and dueling Soviet-American ambitions.

The 7/7 bombings in London, in which Islamists killed 52 and injured 700, prompted British authorities to work with Muslims to avoid future violence.

However, rather than turn to anti-Islamist Muslims who reject the triumphalist goal of applying Islamic law in Europe, they promoted nonviolent Islamists, hoping these would persuade coreligionists to express their hatred of the West in lawful ways. This effort featured Tariq Ramadan, a prominent Islamist intellectual. For example, London’s Metropolitan Police partially funded a conference Ramadan addressed and Prime Minister Tony Blair appointed him to an official “working group on tackling extremism.”

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/Article.aspx?id=176547

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Bangladesh seizes 4 militant suspects, explosives

By FARID HOSSAIN

May 26, 2010

Police have arrested four suspected Islamic militants and seized bomb-making materials in a raid in the Bangladeshi capital, the national police chief said Wednesday.

The suspects were arrested late Monday from a four-story apartment building in Dhaka's southern Dhania district where they were living as tenants, police chief Noor Mohammad said. A woman believed to be the wife of one of the men also was detained, he said.

Police seized explosives, bomb-making materials and firearms from the men, he said.

Police believe the men are top-ranking leaders of the banned, radical Islamic group Jumatul Mujahideen Bangladesh. Mohammad did not provide further details.

Full report at:

http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/news/world/asia/article_c82946fb-9705-5e83-ac4e-c4cfd08657f0.html

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