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Refrain From Cow Slaughter on Eid: Clerics, Including Dar-Ul-Uloom Deoband

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India

Refrain From Cow Slaughter on Eid: Clerics, Including Dar-Ul-Uloom Deoband

Muslims of Bihar's Purnia district help Hindus celebrate Durga Puja

RSS seeks early legislation to allow Ram temple in Ayodhya

Hurriyat Conference chairman memoirs dig up militancy ghosts

India reaches out to Khaleda Zia ahead of Bangladesh polls

Family from PoK sent back, told to follow procedure

Fasih met IM boss at a perfume shop

Indian agencies got Fasih but lost Qagzi

 ‘Yasin inspired Fasih, travelled with him to Bihar and met future IM operatives’

The IM story, from its roots to sudden emergence in terror

'Kashmir issue can be resolved in a political atmosphere': J&K CM

Delhi blasts accused got his driving license from Hathras

Yusuf, from Myanmar, circulated provocative messages before riot: Cops

 

Pakistan

Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan enjoy freedom: Pakistan Sikh Council

Bugti Tribes Paid Rs89m during Balochistan Offensive

Ramleela echoes in Pakistani town Karachi

Three more schools bombed in Mohmand Agency, Swabi

Supreme Court seeks report on Hindu graveyards

Drone attack kills 2 in North Waziristan

Missing person cases: ministries directed to submit sworn affidavits

Karachi police operating at the behest of politicians: Justice Jamali

PM urges UN to curb abuse of freedom

 ‘Pakistan can never approve drone attacks from its soil’

PHC issues notice to Musharraf for allowing drone campaign

Asghar Khan Case: Don’t hold your breath awaiting prosecution

North Waziristan: Deputy Speaker prefers dialogue over operation

Pak rejects Indian H M’s charge on infiltration

Pak's EC decides not to disqualify Rehman Malik

 

Arab World

Man disguised as woman detained trying to enter Mecca for hajj

Syria accuses France of encouraging ‘terrorism’

Syrian army shelling kills 20 at Aleppo bakery

Constitution Party to launch campaign for 'revolutionary constitution' in Egypt

Syria air strike kills five members of same family

Syrian govt 'agrees to Eid ceasefire'

Kuwait bans gatherings of more than 20 after street clashes

Iraqi officials venture into world of the Internet

TV host gets jail for insulting Mursi

Syrian regime and rebels constantly adapt arsenals

Administrative court non-decision gives Egypt's Islamist ample time to finish constitution

Two hurt as Bahrain police clash with protesters

 

South Asia

At Afghan shrine, ancient treatment for mental illness

Taliban warlord Mullah Omar had ‘mental breakdown’, claims close aide

Karzai condemns NATO operation killing four children in Afghan East

Taliban commander in Afghan north captured

 

Europe

UK may take Baloch leaders to court

Peers in the House of Lords call for action over 'religious courts'

Pakistan prefers Romney over Obama: BBC poll

British support for drones in Pakistan may include war crimes: Report

Brahimi pushing 'extremely hard' for Syria ceasefire: UN

 

Mideast Asia

Gaza strikes kill 4 militants as 68 rockets hit Israel

Qatari emir urges Palestinian unity

Israelis approve discrimination if West Bank annexed: Poll

Hunger strike by Kurdish inmates pressures Turkish govt

 

North America

American-Islamic Relations Asks NY City Council to Stop NYPD 'Baiting' of Muslims

Informant says New York police paid him to ‘bait’ Muslims

Obama's Osama remark helps Pak: experts

US urges Lebanon stability amid escalating tensions

Saudi Shoura participates in International Parliament of Canada’s meeting

'US told of militant claim 2 hrs after Libya attack'

NY Muslim Stranded by No-Fly List Returns to U.S

 

Africa

Four killed following Muslim protests in Ethiopia

Human rights in Tunisia at a crossroads: Amnesty

Army says gunmen agree to truce in Lebanon's Tripoli

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Peers call for action over 'religious courts

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India

 

Refrain From Cow Slaughter on Eid: Clerics, Including Dar-Ul-Uloom Deoband

Ashish Tripathi

Oct 23, 2012

LUCKNOW: Muslim clerics have appealed to the Muslims to refrain from cow slaughter on the occasion of Eid as a mark of respect for the religious feelings of Hindus.

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board vice-president and Shia cleric Maulana Syed Kalbe Sadiq, in a statement Sadiq, said "It is my appeal to Muslims to completely restrain from sacrificing the cow on the Eid-ul-Azha. India is our country and we should respect the feeling of Hindu brethren who are in the majority."

Maulana Sadiq, who is known for promoting modern and scientific education among Muslims, said, "A fatwa was issued for Shia Muslims after Independence in which sacrificing cow was prohibited in the country."

Nayab Mohatamim (pro vice-chancellor) of Islamic Seminary Dar-ul-Uloom Deoband Maulana Abdul Khaliq Madrasi said that the institution was also in favour of Muslims avoiding cow slaughter. He said in some states there is a ban on cow slaughter but Muslims should avoid sacrificing the animal even at places where it has not been prohibited. This, he said, has been published by Dar-ul-Uloom in the book related to issues pertaining to sacrifice. He said that while literate class try to follow the advice of the Islamic institutions on the issue of sacrificing cow, greater awareness was lacking in the illiterate class.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Refrain-from-cow-slaughter-on-Eid-clerics-appeal-to-Muslims/articleshow/16931142.cms

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Muslims of Bihar's Purnia district help Hindus celebrate Durga Puja

Oct 24, 2012

In the spirit of brotherhood, Muslims in a village in Bihar's Purnia district joined hands with Hindus to celebrate the Durga Puja.

Only four Hindu families live in Saguuniya, a Muslim-dominated village about 400 km from here. But they celebrate Durga Puja with fanfare, thanks to the support of Muslims.

"We are lucky that Durga Puja is celebrated in our village by Muslims. This is unheard of anywhere else," said Nitai Gopal Chandra Roy, a Bengali Hindu villager.

"Without Muslim support, we can't think of celebrating the festival in such a big way," he said.

Another Bengali Hindu in the village, Dhanajay Roy, echoed him.

"It is a beautiful experience. Muslims not only help us prepare for the festival but also join us to offer Prasad and other rituals," he said.

The Muslims helped Hindus decorate the Puja pandal.

Mohammad Rizwan, one of the dozens of Muslims who helped Hindus celebrate the festival, said he and other Muslims were only continuing an age-old tradition.

"It is a matter of tolerance preached by Islam that one should help the other," Rizwan said.

Shaukat Alam, another Muslim, said dozens of Muslim youths helped clean up the village and streets for the festival. "It is a classical case of communal harmony," he said.

Durga Puja was started in the village by the Roy family of Saguniya estate some 500 years ago. With time, most of the Hindu families migrated.

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report_where-muslims-help-hindus-celebrate-durga-puja_1755763

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RSS seeks early legislation to allow Ram temple in Ayodhya

Oct 24 2012

Nagpur : Opposing construction of any structure for the minority community at the disputed site in Ayodhya, RSS today asked the Centre to bring in a legislation at the earliest allowing Ram Janmabhoomi Trust to construct a Ram temple there.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, while addressing an annual gathering of Vijayadashmi celebrations here today, said any construction for the sake of the minority community should be allowed only outside the "cultural boundaries of Ayodhya".

Quoting reports, Bhagwat said, "Attempts are on to acquire a large plot of land adjacent to the Ram Janambhoomi to construct a big structure for Muslims."

"The state government will acquire the piece of land and the union government will be funding the construction," he said.

"The construction of Ram Janmabhoomi temple is an issue pending before the court. Therefore, making such irresponsible proposal at this juncture will amount to playing with the sentiments of the crores of Hindus and will result in vitiating the atmosphere of amity," Bhagwat said.

Considering the judgement delivered by the Allahabad High Court on Sept 30, 2010, the Parliament should enact a legislation, he said adding, "This is the only way to solve the issue amicably."

On the Kashmir issue, Bhagwat said the area under the occupation of Pakistan should be liberated.

"Discrimination shown in the administrative and development matters in Jammu, Leh, Ladakh and Kashmir Valley must be stopped forthwith and these areas must be brought at par with other regions in the country," he said.

Conditions should be made favourable and secure for those Hindus, who were forced to flee their homes, so that they come back to the valley with honour, he said.

"Those who took shelter in Jammu and Kashmir at the time of partition, should be granted state citizenship, but the policies adopted are further complicating the situation," the RSS chief said.

"The power-crazy political parties ruling the states and Centre continue to ignore national interests and are succumbing to pressures of foreign forces.

"It appears from the prevalent situation in the eastern part of the nation that we have not learnt any lessons from our grim situation in the northern parts caused by the progressive depletion of nationalist Hindu population due to historical processes," he added.

The infiltrators should be identified and their names should be deleted from the voters' list and ration cards.

A national register should be maintained as per the court guidelines to record details like the place of birth, of the citizens, he added.

"If all the Hindus are forced to flee their land because of persecution, they will have no place to live. Therefore no Hindu, from wherever he comes here, should be considered a foreigner," he said.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/rss-seeks-early-legislation-to-allow-ram-temple-in-ayodhya/1021487/

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Hurriyat Conference chairman memoirs dig up militancy ghosts

Naseer Ganai

Oct 24, 2012

TWENTY- three years after the kidnappings of Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of former Union home minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, and Nahida Soz, daughter of former Union minister Saifuddin Soz, Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has said these kidnappings have no justification.

“Their kidnappings cannot be justified on moral or any other ground,” Geelani wrote in the recently released autobiography Wullar Kinary (along Wullar lake).

He said Mufti, Saifuddin and their parties had played a part in denying the right to selfdetermination to Kashmiris.

Full report at:

Mail Today

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India reaches out to Khaleda Zia ahead of Bangladesh polls

Oct 24, 2012

NEW DELHI: With Bangladesh set to go to polls next year, India has reached out to the opposition leader and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia by inviting her to visit New Delhi next week. Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Pankaj Saran, met Zia in Dhaka to discuss her engagements for her week-long visit to India.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-reaches-out-to-Khaleda-Zia-ahead-of-Bangladesh-polls/articleshow/16935466.cms

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Family from PoK sent back, told to follow procedure

Oct 24, 2012

LeT militant claimed he wanted to return to J&K to avail new policy

A Lashkar-e-Taiba militant and his family, including a seven-month-old infant, who were illegally trying to cross over the Line of Control from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir to avail the government’s rehabilitation offer, were on Tuesday sent back by the Army after being told that they should follow proper procedure.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/family-from-pok-sent-back-told-to-follow-procedure/article4026421.ece

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Fasih met IM boss at a perfume shop

Jatin Anand

October 23, 2012

Recently arrested alleged Indian Mujahideen (IM) 'treasurer' Fasih Mahmood met the home-grown terror outfit's boss at a perfume shop 12 years ago before introducing him to his uncle who would later help forge its 'Darbhanga Module', interrogation of the alleged terror suspect has revealed.

The module, which went into operation soon after the Batla House encounter of 2008, has allegedly executed almost every terror strike perpetrated across the country since then.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Fasih-met-IM-boss-at-a-perfume-shop/Article1-949166.aspx

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Indian agencies got Fasih but lost Qagzi

By Abhishek Bhalla in New Delhi

Oct 24, 2012

SUSPECTED Indian Mujahideen ( IM) operative Fasih Mahmood might have been handed over to India by Saudi Arabia, but the intelligence agencies lost the chance to nab a top Lashkar- e- Tayyeba ( LeT) member who is working closely with the IM cadres.

Despite credible intelligence that Fayaz Qagzi was coordinating IM operations from Saudi Arabia, India could not pursue his case.

It seems the goof- up in Fasih’s case, which led to a delay of five months in his deportation, demoralised the counter- terror agencies.

Full report at: Mail Today

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‘Yasin inspired Fasih, travelled with him to Bihar and met future IM operatives’

Prawesh Lama

 Oct 24 2012

Fasih Mehmood, the suspected co-founder of Indian Mujahideen who was arrested by the Delhi Police Monday, is believed to have told his interrogators that he was drawn to the terror group by the aggressive ideas of another alleged co-founder and key operative, Yasin Bhatkal.

Police sources claimed that Mehmood had also admitted that Bhatkal had accompanied him to his house in Darbhanga in Bihar in 2003 and stayed there for two weeks. During this visit, Bhatkal allegedly met some friends of Mehmood who went on to join IM, the sources claimed, adding that investigators now hope to find out more about this so-called Bihar module.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/-yasin-inspired-fasih-travelled-with-him-to-bihar-and-met-future-im-operatives-/1021347/

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'Kashmir issue can be resolved in a political atmosphere': J&K CM

 October 23, 2012

Chief minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday stressed on addressing political issues of Jammu and Kashmir in a political and peaceful atmosphere to usher the State into permanent tranquillity. He said that Indo-Pak relations have a direct bearing on Jammu and Kashmir adding that the thaw in their relations affects peace and development in the State and any tension between the two creates difficulties in Srinagar.

A government spokesman said that the CM was addressing a large public gathering at Diskit, one of the remotest corners in Leh district of Ladakh.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Srinagar/Kashmir-issue-can-be-resolved-in-a-political-atmosphere/Article1-949098.aspx

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Delhi blasts accused got his driving license from Hathras

S Raju, Hindustan Times

October 23, 2012

Delhi and Bengluru blasts accused Indian Mujahideen member Fasiah Mohammad got his driving license from the road transport office of district Hathras in Western UP by submitting fake address proof and other supporting documents. Fasih was arrested in Saudi Arab in the month of May this

year and has been deported to India few days ago. During interrogation he revealed to the Saudi officials that his men in India were in process of getting his identity documents from different government offices of Western UP in India. Saudi officials passed this information to their Indian counterparts who subsequently alerted the road transport authorities of district Hathras and Ghaziabad.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/UttarPradesh/Delhi-blasts-accused-got-his-driving-license-from-Hathras/Article1-949094.aspx

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Yusuf, from Myanmar, circulated provocative messages before riot: Cops

SagnikChowdhuy

 Oct 24 2012

Yusuf Khan, an illegal immigrant from Myanmar who was arrested on Saturday, has been identified as the source of provocative messages that were in circulation around a week before the August 11 Azad Maidan riots.

“For three or four months leading up to the riots, Yusuf was regularly in touch with a maulana in Baramulla district, a religious leader in Myanmar, and another person in Bangladesh. These people told him about local events and gave instructions to him. Yusuf, in turn, sent out provocative messages to people,” said a Crime Branch source.

The Crime Branch is verifying Yusuf’s claims and ascertaining the identities of the three persons he was in touch with.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/yusuf-circulated-provocative-messages-before-riot-cops/1021309/

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Pakistan

 

Hindus and Sikhs in Pakistan enjoy freedom: Pakistan Sikh Council

Oct 24, 2012

AMRITSAR: Pakistan Sikh Council has rubbished claims of persecution made by some Pakistani Hindus and Sikhs who recently arrived in India.

Chairman of the council Ramesh Singh, who is currently in India, said on Tuesday that Hindus and Sikhs enjoyed full religious and political freedom in Pakistan, and "those who make such remarks either have vested interests of settling in India with their relatives or are bank defaulters who were wanting to flee Pakistan fearing action".

In the recent past, a large number of Pakistani Hindus had crossed border to India to settle down here. They had claimed that their men were being abducted for ransom and their daughters forcibly converted to Islam. However, Ramesh Singh said there were only three instances where girls had willingly embraced the religion.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hindus-and-Sikhs-in-Pakistan-enjoy-freedom-Pakistan-Sikh-Council/articleshow/16935842.cms

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Bugti Tribes Paid Rs89m during Balochistan Offensive

October 24, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pro-government Bugti tribesmen were paid Rs89 million from Baitulmaal funds when former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf launched a military offensive against Nawab Akbar Bugti, an audit report revealed on Tuesday.

The expenses were incurred from 2003 to 2006 and camouflaged under the administrative budget of the Baitulmaal – a welfare organisation that provides assistance to the needy, according to the audit report presented at a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) meeting.

Despite raising objections over the use of taxpayer money and that too out of the Baitulmaal budget, the PAC condoned the expenses and settled the audit objection.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/456186/bugti-tribes-paid-rs89m-during-balochistan-offensive/

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Ramleela echoes in Pakistani town Karachi

Oct 24, 2012

AMRITSAR: These days, tiny Hindu community of Karachi in Pakistan is buzzing with the songs eulogizing Lord Rama and stories of his valour are being enacted in the Ramleelas being staged at the Swami Narayan temple.

Situated on the M A Jinnah Road in Karachi, the ground of Swami Narayan temple is the venue of Ramleela being organized by Naryana Sewa Garaba Mandal and Pakistan Hindu Seva Welfare Trust (PHSWT).

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Ramleela-echoes-in-Pakistani-town-Karachi/articleshow/16935766.cms

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Three more schools bombed in Mohmand Agency, Swabi

Oct 24, 2012

MOHMAND AGENCY: Militants on Wednesday night blew up two more schools in Mohmand Agency, increasing the number of schools destroyed in the agency to 108, while another school was bombed in Swabi district of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhawa province.

Officials told Dawn.com that Government Primary School Malik Aurangzeb and Government Primary School Dilawar in Haleemzai Tehsil of Mohmand Agency had been destroyed last night.

According to officials, 108 schools have so far been destroyed in the agency in such incidents.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, militants blew up Government Middle School Wasilabad in Swabi’s Tehsil Lahore, destroying a room and the boundary wall of the school.

http://dawn.com/2012/10/24/three-more-schools-bombed-in-mohmand-agency-swabi/

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Supreme Court seeks report on Hindu graveyards

Oct 24, 2012

LAHORE: A Supreme Court (SC) division bench on Wednesday again sought a report about the status of Hindu graveyards in all the four provinces.

On August 13, the bench had sought reports from chief secretaries of all the provinces about graveyards of Hindu community but no such report was filed.

The bench, consisting of Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani and Justice Asif Saeed Khan Khosa, also disposed of the matter of encroachments at Hindu Balmaki’s graveyard on GT Road.

An additional advocate general told the court that encroachments had been removed and recovered land had been handed over to graveyard’s caretakers.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\10\24\story_24-10-2012_pg13_2

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Drone attack kills 2 in North Waziristan

October 24, 2012

A US drone strike killed at least two people in the Miranshah area of North Waziristan on Wednesday, Express News reported.

The attack follows an October 11 attack in Orakzai agency, where at least 17 suspected militants were killed and more than 20 were injured when a US drone fired missiles at a compound in the Bulandkhel area.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/456287/drone-attack-kills-2-in-north-waziristan/

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Missing person cases: ministries directed to submit sworn affidavits

Oct 24, 2012

PESHAWAR, Oct 23: The Peshawar High Court on Tuesday directed the defence and interior ministries to submit replies with sworn affidavits of senior officials in several habeas corpus petitions challenging alleged illegal detentions of the scores of people by law-enforcement and intelligence agencies.

A bench comprising acting Chief Justice Miftauddin Kahn and Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth directed the representatives of the federal and provincial governments to make efforts for tracing the said missing persons.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/24/missing-person-cases-ministries-directed-to-submit-sworn-affidavits-2/

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Karachi police operating at the behest of politicians: Justice Jamali

Oct 24, 2012

KARACHI: During Wednesday’s hearing of the Karachi law and order case, Justice Anwer Zaheer Jamali said the police was operating at the behest of politicians, adding that, officials were more loyal to political parties than to their own institution, DawnNews reported.

A five-member larger bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice Jamali, heard the case.

During the hearing, the bench ordered that the government should abolish the formation of groups on the basis of language.

Responding to which, Advocate-General Sindh Abdul Fateh Malik said it was not possible to form new groupings in the city.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/24/sc-resumes-karachi-law-and-order-case/

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PM urges UN to curb abuse of freedom

Oct 24, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has said that posting of a blasphemous video on the Internet had exposed the grey areas and undermined the objectives of the United Nations (UN).

The right to freedom of expression enshrined in the UN charter should not be abused by hurting the sentiments of 1.5 billion Muslims.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/24/pm-urges-un-to-curb-abuse-of-freedom/

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‘Pakistan can never approve drone attacks from its soil’

Oct 24, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Terming a statement on drones being referred to Federal Secretary Defence as totally false, a spokesman of the Defence Ministry on Tuesday said that Pakistan has always been against drone attacks and will not support any such activity.

“The Government of Pakistan never showed any consent for holding such activity,” the spokesman said through a clarification. “The defence secretary is being misquoted in the media. Government of Pakistan can never accord an approval for drone operations from its territory,” he said further. Pakistan has been lodging protests with the United States against the drone strikes. “We consider it a clear violation of International law and Pakistan’s sovereignty. Pakistan has very recently demanded the end of drone strikes during US Envoy’s visit to Pakistan. Conjectures should not be projected in the media but facts, stresses the ministry,” the spokesman concluded.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\10\24\story_24-10-2012_pg7_20

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PHC issues notice to Musharraf for allowing drone campaign

October 24, 2012

PESHAWAR: While hearing a petition filed against drone attacks, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Wednesday issued a notice to former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf for allowing campaign of drone strikes in Pakistan.

The CIA-operated drone campaign began in the former president’s government.

The drone attacks in northwest Pakistan, where militants linked to Taliban and al Qaeda have strongholds, have killed thousands of people since they began in June 2004, according to the report by experts from Stanford Law School and the New York University School of Law.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/456278/phc-issues-notice-to-musharraf-for-allowing-drone-campaign/

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North Waziristan: Deputy speaker prefers dialogue over operation

October 24, 2012

Deputy Speaker in the National Assembly Faisal Karim Kundi on Tuesday said that a military operation in North Waziristan was not the solution, and that the conflict needed to be solved via negotiations, BBC Urdu reported.

The operation will only be carried out after a consensus between the army and civilian leadership and the final decision will be taken by the government, Kundi told BBC Urdu during an interview at the Parliament House in Islamabad.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/456203/north-waziristan-deputy-speaker-prefers-dialogue-over-operation/

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Pak rejects Shinde's charge on infiltration

ANITA JOSHUA

Oct 24, 2012

Islamabad on Tuesday rejected Indian Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde’s allegation that terrorists were being pushed into India by Pakistan and cautioned that such statements could vitiate the atmosphere between the two countries.

In a short statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said these ``allegations and insinuations’’ were totally baseless and unfounded. “Such unsubstantiated statements are not very helpful in creating a conducive environment necessary for improving the relationship between our two countries.’’

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/pak-rejects-shindes-charge-on-infiltration/article4026054.ece

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Pak's EC decides not to disqualify Rehman Malik

October 24, 2012

In a major relief for Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Election Commission today decided not to disqualify him as a legislator, weeks after the Supreme Court had said that he may lose membership of the Senate for making a false declaration about his citizenship. Secretary

Election Commission Afzal Khan said that no further proceedings will be conducted against Malik, Dawn News reported.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/Pak-s-EC-decides-not-to-disqualify-Rehman-Malik/Article1-949237.aspx

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Arab World

 

Man disguised as woman detained trying to enter Mecca for hajj

23 October 2012

Saudi authorities have foiled the attempt of one undocumented pilgrim to smuggle himself into Mecca to perform the annual Muslim ritual of hajj, a local newspaper reported, quoting a passport control authority source.

The man was dressed in women’s clothing in an attempt to deceive passport control officers, Brigadier Aed al-Harbi, of hajj authority, told the Okaz daily on Monday.

Harbi said 73 persons have been arrested for transporting Saudi citizens and foreign expatriates trying to enter Mecca without pilgrimage permits.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/10/23/245557.html

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Syria accuses France of encouraging ‘terrorism’

23 October 2012

BEIRUT — Damascus accused France on Tuesday of hindering efforts to stop the violence and of supporting “terrorists” in strife-torn Syria, referring to the rebels fighting against loyalist troops.

“Syria calls on the international community, and in particular the UN Security Council, to seriously question the role of France, which is preventing the cessation of violence and terrorism in Syria,” state news agency SANA quoted the foreign ministry as saying.

“The previous and current French governments continue to defy universal rights in a flagrant manner... by supporting armed terrorist groups in Syria.”

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-

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Syrian army shelling kills 20 at Aleppo bakery

Government forces shelled a bakery in Aleppo, killing civilians according to opposition sources

Tuesday 23 Oct 2012

Syrian government forces killed at least 20 people on Tuesday when they shelled a bakery in a neighbourhood under rebel control in the contested northern city of Aleppo, opposition activists said.

The dead included women and children, they said. Video footage, which could not be immediately verified, showed decapitated bodies amid scattered bread loaves.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/56352/World/Region/Syrian-army-shelling-kills--at-Aleppo-bakery.aspx

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Constitution Party to launch campaign for 'revolutionary constitution' in Egypt

New campaign calling for a constitution that represents all Egyptians and expresses spirit of revolution to launch Tuesday

23 Oct 2012

A campaign for a constitution that represents all Egyptians and expresses the spirit of the January 25 Revolution will be launched by Constitution Party founder Mohamed ElBaradei and Egyptian Popular Current leader Hamdeen Sabbahi on Tuesday.

The event will be held at the Journalists' Syndicate in downtown Cairo at 8pm. Prominent political and national figures, as well as intellectuals, artists and other public personalities will attend, according to the Constitution Party's Facebook page.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/56314/Egypt/Politics-/ElBaradei,-Sabbahi-to-launch-campaign-for-revoluti.aspx

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Syria air strike kills five members of same family

Government air strike kills five members of same family in Idlib province on Wednesday, monitoring group says

24 Oct 2012

An air strike on a village in the northwest Syrian province of Idlib killed five members of the same family on Wednesday, including a woman and a child, a monitoring group said.

The army also renewed efforts to retake rebel-held areas east of Damascus, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"The army's air strike on Maaret Shamirin is part of the regime's attempt to bring the area of Maaret al-Numan under control," said Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman, whose group reported the five deaths in the village.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/56420/World/Region/Syria-air-strike-kills-five-members-of-same-family.aspx

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Syrian govt 'agrees to Eid ceasefire'

October 24, 2012

The UN's envoy to Syria says President Bashar al-Assad's government has agreed to abide by a ceasefire during the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Adha.

Lakhdar Brahimi told reporters in Cairo that most opposition factions had also said they would observe any ceasefire.

The government said it would make its final decision on Thursday.

Brahimi said he hoped to use the lull in fighting over Eid al-Adha, which starts on Friday, to "discuss a longer and more effective ceasefire".

Eid al-Adha, the Festival of the Sacrifice, is celebrated by Muslims to commemorate the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael as proof of obedience to God.

'Modest agreement'

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=41936

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Kuwait bans gatherings of more than 20 after street clashes

Decree restricting number of election contenders sparks rare displays of defiance against Gulf state's dynastic rulers

Martin Chulov

23 October 2012

Kuwait's rulers have banned public gatherings of more than 20 people after clashes between riot police and demonstrators over electoral law changes that opposition figures labelled a "constitutional coup".

The protests on Sunday were among the largest ever seen in the Gulf state. The gathering of more than 20,000 people was dispersed with teargas, a rarity in Kuwait, which sees few displays of open dissent towards its dynastic rulers.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/23/kuwait-bans-gatherings-20-protests

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Iraqi officials venture into world of the Internet

Oct 24, 2012

BAGHDAD: Smiling shyly, Wassan Saleh admitted to being the face of a vast problem across Iraq’s bureaucracy that officials are now trying to remedy: she had never used a computer.

Her participation in information technology (IT) classes at a Baghdad college is part of efforts by university professors to help modernise Iraq’s civil service.

The system routinely frustrates – to put it mildly – Iraqis, with its Byzantine rules and paper-based system that has remained largely unchanged for decades.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/24/iraqi-officials-venture-into-world-of-the-internet/

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TV host gets jail for insulting Mursi

24 October 2012

CAIRO — An Egyptian talk-show host faces a four-month jail term after a court convicted him of insulting President Mohammed Mursi, state media reported on Monday.

Tawfiq Okasha, whose show appears on his own channel, can appeal the sentence after paying 100 Egyptian pounds ($16.39) bail, a source in the court in southern Egypt said. “Mursi is the President of all Egyptians and insulting him is like insulting the whole nation,” Nasr El Din Mahmoud Maghazy, who filed the case against Okasha, told.

The substance of the offending insult was not available.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=/data/middleeast/2012/October/middleeast_October291.xml&section=middleeast

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Syrian regime and rebels constantly adapt arsenals

23 October 2012

It was long past midnight, but the rebel commander couldn’t sleep until his fighters returned from the Turkish border with the latest shipment of gear meant to help them battle the Syrian army. Wearing camouflage pants and black flip-flops, he waited anxiously, his eyes bloodshot.

In the morning, his team arrived with their prize: a single suitcase of night-vision goggles. For the first time, his brigade’s snipers would be able to strike back at night against regime snipers who already have night-vision capabilities in the street-by-street fights for territory in the battleground city of Aleppo.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-

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Administrative court non-decision gives Egypt's Islamist ample time to finish constitution

Egypt's Islamist-dominated constitution-writing committee gets breathing space to finish draft after lawsuit against it is referred to High Court; Liberal-Islamist differences unlikely to be resolved any time soon

 23 Oct 2012

Egypt's Supreme Administrative Court (SAC) decision on Tuesday to refer a lawsuit against Egypt's Islamist-led Constituent Assembly – tasked with drafting a new constitution – to the High Constitutional Court (HCC) has heated up the ongoing debate on the fate of the constitution-drafting body. However, the ruling has also theoritically given assembly members more time to work out their differences over the contents of constitutional articles before the draft charter is put before popular referendum.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/56348/Egypt/Politics-/Adminstrative-court-nondecision-gives-Assembly-amp.aspx

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Two hurt as Bahrain police clash with protesters

Witnesses say police used teargas and bird shot during clashes with anti-government protesters in a Shia village outside Bahraini capital

24 Oct 2012

Bahraini police and anti-government protesters clashed in a Shiite village outside the capital Manama overnight leaving at least two people wounded, the police said on Wednesday.

Protesters attacked police with Molotov cocktails and iron rods on Tuesday night, according to a police statement carried by Bahrain's official BNA news agency. At least "two suspects" were injured.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/56417/World/Region/Two-hurt-as-Bahrain-police-clash-with-protesters.aspx

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South Asia

 

At Afghan shrine, ancient treatment for mental illness

By Kevin Sieff

 October 24, 2012

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — No one here knows the man whose left leg is shackled to the wall of cell No. 5. Last week, he finished tearing his mattress to shreds and then moved onto his clothes, ripping his shirt and pants off before falling asleep naked.

“He’s insane,” say the villagers who have come to gawk at him. “He doesn’t know whether he’s in this world or another.”

“He’s getting better!” said Mia Shafiq, the man responsible for his recovery and the one who shackled him to the wall of a shrine in this eastern Afghan city.

Full report at:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/at-afghan-shrine-ancient-treatment-for-

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Taliban warlord Mullah Omar had ‘mental breakdown’, claims close aide

Oct 24 2012

London : Taliban’s reclusive leader Mullah Omar has had a mental breakdown, one of his close aides has claimed.

“If Mullah Omar were in good condition, he would send proof he is alive,” his ex-henchmen, who have not seen him for 11 years, said.

“I have not met Mullah Omar since 2001. I have questions about orders issued in his name,” the ex-associate added.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/taliban-warlord-mullah-omar-had--mental-breakdown--claims-close-aide/1021445/

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Karzai condemns NATO operation killing four children in Afghan East

Oct 24, 2012

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday condemned a NATO operation that he said killed four children in the country’s east, a claim the coalition said was possible.

The operation took place in the Baraki Barak district of Logar province on Saturday, a statement released by Karzai’s office said, adding: “It resulted in the killing of four innocent children” who were tending to livestock.

Civilian casualties have been a major source of friction between Karzai’s government and the US-led NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/23/karzai-condemns-NATO-operation-killing-four-children-in-afghan-east/

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Taliban commander in Afghan north captured

Mullah Abdul Rahman, a high-level Taliban commander, is captured in a joint Afghan-NATO operation

23 Oct 2012

A high-level Taliban commander in northern Afghanistan, Mullah Abdul Rahman, has been captured in a joint Afghan-NATO operation, police said on Tuesday.

"Rahman was involved in heightening insecurity in Kunduz, Takhar and Badakhshan provinces," said Kunduz province police spokesman Sayed Sarwar Husseini. "He encouraged insurgents to plant roadside bombs and stage high-profile attacks on Afghan officials."

 Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/56310/World/International/Taliban-commander-in-Afghan-north-captured.aspx

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Europe

 

UK may take Baloch leaders to court

Oct 24, 2012

ISLAMABAD: British government may take Baloch leaders living in exile in the United Kingdom to courts for fomenting separatism in Pakistan.

“We have a legislation … we may look at that legislation to take Baloch leaders to courts,” British High Commissioner to Pakistan Adam Thomson told Dawn on Tuesday.

He said that Britain would like to stop anything destabilising Pakistan. “We are not indifferent to the situation in Balochistan,” he added.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/10/24/uk-may-take-baloch-leaders-to-court/

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Peers in the House of Lords call for action over 'religious courts'

23 Oct 2012

Peers in the House of Lords have expressed overwhelming support for a bill to limit the power of self styled 'religious courts'.

The Private Members' Bill, introduced by Baroness Cox and co-sponsored by the National Secular Society, tackles the problem of gender discrimination in Arbitration Tribunals and the growing threat of alternative quasi-legal systems which undermine the fundamental principle of one law for all.

Full report at:

http://www.secularism.org.uk/news/2012/10/peers-call-for-action-over-religious-courts

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Pakistan prefers Romney over Obama: BBC poll

October 24, 2012

A new poll conducted by the BBC World Service has found that Pakistan is the only overseas country of those polled that said they would prefer to see Republican US Presidential candidate Mitt Romney win the November elections.

According to the poll, both US presidential candidates were given less than 20% approval by Pakistanis, with Romney leading by a narrow margin.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/456270/pakistan-prefers-romney-over-obama-bbc-poll/

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British support for drones in Pakistan may include war crimes: Report

 October 23, 2012

The British High Court heard that the British government’s support for US drone strikes in Pakistan may involve acts of assisting murder or even war crimes, reported Guardian on Tuesday.

The UK court was hearing a legal challenged filed by a Pakistani man Noor Khan, whose father was killed by a drone strike. Khan’s lawyers want to have the sharing of IS locational intelligence with the CIA declared unlawful, the Guardian report said.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/455840/british-support-for-drones-in-pakistan-may-include-war-crimes-report/

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Brahimi pushing 'extremely hard' for Syria ceasefire: UN

International envoy Lakhdar Brahimi holds series of meetings in Cairo in hopes of brokering ceasefire between warring parties in violence-wracked Syria

23 Oct 2012

UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi is pushing "extremely hard" for a ceasefire in Syria and will brief the UN Security Council on Wednesday on his efforts, the UN spokesman said.

Brahimi is now back in Cairo following talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Damascus, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/56381/World/Region/Brahimi-pushing-extremely-hard-for-Syria-ceasefire.aspx

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Mideast Asia

 

Gaza strikes kill 4 militants as 68 rockets hit Israel

October 24, 2012

Tensions soared around Gaza on Wednesday after Israeli air raids killed four militants and Palestinian armed groups fired 68 rockets at southern Israel, seriously wounding two people. It was the biggest surge in cross-border violence since June, and prompted both Israel and Gaza militant

groups to vow they would not allow the attacks to go unanswered.

The latest escalation began on Tuesday evening, shortly after the end of a high-profile visit to Gaza by the emir of Qatar, when militants fired six rockets at southern Israel.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/Gaza-strikes-kill-4-militants-as-68-rockets-hit-Israel/Article1-949425.aspx

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Qatari emir urges Palestinian unity

Sheikh Hamad is the first head of state to visit Gaza since Hamas took control of the territory in 2007.

24 Oct 2012

The emir of of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, has called for unity between Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah.

Sheikh Hamad also denounced Israel's policies and praised people of the Gaza Strip for standing up to it with "bare chests" during a one-day visit to the coastal enclave ruled by Hamas.

The visit was the first by a head of state since Gaza fell under an Israeli blockade after Hamas took control of the territory in 2007.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/middleeast/2012/10/201210244454842146.html

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Israelis approve discrimination if West Bank annexed: Poll

Most Israeli Jews support the state discriminating against the Arab minority if it formally annexed the occupied West Bank

23 Oct 2012

Most Israeli Jews would support the state discriminating against the country's Arab minority if it formally annexed the occupied West Bank, according to a survey published Tuesday by Haaretz newspaper.

At least 59 percent of Israeli Jews think their fellow believers should have preference over Arabs for public sector jobs, and 49 percent that the state should treat Jews better than Arabs, according to the findings.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/56383/World/Region/Israelis-approve-discrimination-if-West-Bank-annex.aspx

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Hunger strike by Kurdish inmates pressures Turkish govt

Hundreds of Kurdish prisoners all over Turkey have joined an ongoing hunger strike demanding better treatment for imprisoned leader

 23 Oct 2012

A widening hunger strike by hundreds of Kurdish militants in prisons across Turkey is piling pressure on the government to address demands for greater Kurdish minority rights and avoid a repeat of previous protests when dozens starved to death.

Some 900 prisoners in more than 50 jails have joined the action since it was launched in September, with improved jail conditions for militant leader Abdullah Ocalan, imprisoned on an island in the Marmara Sea south of Istanbul, their main demand.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/56353/World/Region/Hunger-strike-by-Kurdish-inmates-pressures-Turkish.aspx

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North America

 

American-Islamic Relations Asks NY City Council to Stop NYPD 'Baiting' of Muslims

10/23/12

(New York, NY, 10/23/12) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today called on the New York City Council to pass legislation that would increase oversight of the NYPD and cut the department's unconstitutional spying program, including the aggressive "baiting" of Muslims by NYPD informants.

CAIR-NY said the "baiting" practice was revealed today in an Associated Press report on the still-evolving New York Police Department (NYPD) Muslim spying scandal. Today's article detailed the story of Shamiur Rahman, a 19-year-old American of Bengali descent who was recruited by the FBI as an informant after his third arrest on minor drug charges.

Rahman said his NYPD handlers instructed him to join groups of Muslims at mosques or religious study groups and start conversations about terrorism, recording the conversations for the NYPD. He also gave the NYPD photos, names, cell phone numbers, and license plate numbers of Muslims who welcomed him to their events.

CAIR-NY has been working with the Muslim American Civil Liberties Coalition (MACLC) and Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) to urge the New York City Council to pass the Community Safety Act, a package of four bills (Intro. 799, 800, 801, & 881) that would strengthen protections from predatory policing for New Yorkers and institute an independent inspector general to oversee the NYPD.

The Community Safety Act has received support from the majority of New York City Council members.

"Police 'baiting' of communities they are sworn to protect doesn't align with our Constitution," said CAIR-NY Advocacy Director Cyrus McGoldrick. "These ineffective and unconstitutional policies are damaging to the communities they target and to the entire city."

Earlier this year, CAIR-NY testified before the New York City Council at a hearing for the Community Safety Act, and participated in the Communities for Police Reform Advocacy Day at City Hall.

CAIR-NY is a chapter of America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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Informant says New York police paid him to ‘bait’ Muslims

Oct 24, 2012

A paid informant for the New York Police Department says he was under orders to “bait” Muslims into saying bad things.

The U.S. citizen of Bengali descent says he lived a double life, snapping pictures inside mosques and collecting the names of innocent people attending Islamic study groups.

Shamiur Rahman, 19, tells The Associated Press that he regrets his work, which paid up to $1,000 a month. He says he spied on student groups and mosques. He showed the AP weeks of text messages and photographs with his NYPD contacts.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/informant-says-new-york-police-paid-him-to-bait-muslims/article4026117.ece

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Obama's Osama remark helps Pak: experts

Imtiaz Ahmad

October 23, 2012

While the Pakistan government has not responded to statements made in the US presidential debates, there has been a mixed reaction within other circles in Pakistan. Political commentator Mujibur Rehman Shami says that while on the one hand it is sad that both candidates have endorsed

drone attacks, "what I find encouraging is that Mitt Romney said that he would not let Pakistan fail".

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/Obama-s-Osama-remark-helps-Pak-experts/Article1-949187.aspx

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US urges Lebanon stability amid escalating tensions

October 24, 2012

The US has said it is backing Lebanese efforts to form a new coalition amid rising tension sparked by the killing of security chief Wissam al-Hassan.

US state department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland warned a power vacuum would pose a great risk to stability.

"The export of instability from Syria threatens the security of Lebanon now more than ever," she said.

Deadly clashes erupted in Beirut and Tripoli after opposition figures blamed Syria for the attack on Gen Hassan.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-20052327

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Saudi Shoura participates in International Parliament of Canada’s meeting

24 October 2012

Quebec: 107th seventh session of the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union began in the Canadian city of Quebec yesterday with the participation of a delegation from the Shoura Council.

The delegation of the council was led by Secretary General of the Council Dr. Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Amr.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/shoura-participates-general-assembly-international-parliament-

canada%E2%80%99s-meeting

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'US told of militant claim 2 hrs after Libya attack'

October 24, 2012

Officials at the White House and State Department were advised two hours after attackers assaulted the US diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11 that an Islamic militant group had claimed credit for the attack, official emails show.

The emails, obtained by Reuters from government sources not connected with US spy agencies or the State Department and who requested anonymity, specifically mention that the Libyan group called Ansar al-Sharia had asserted responsibility for the attacks.

The brief emails also show how US diplomats described the attack, even as it was still under way, to Washington.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=41924

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NY Muslim Stranded by No-Fly List Returns to U.S.

10/22/12)

(NEW YORK, NY 10/22/12) -- The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today announced that an American citizen who had been stranded in Europe for 22 days by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), has been allowed to return to the U.S.

Samir Suljovic, a 26-year-old who was born and raised in Queens, NY, boarded a flight to the United States from Munich Germany today at noon. Upon his arrival in Philadelphia, Suljovic reports that he was interrogated by government officials for an hour and a half and consequently missed his connecting flight to New York. He will now take a train for the final stretch of his journey.

Full report at:

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Africa

 

Four killed following Muslim protests in Ethiopia

 23 October 2012

ADDIS ABABA: Four people, including one police officer, were killed in Ethiopia Sunday as protesters attacked a police station where Muslim demonstrators were being held, an official said Tuesday.

"One police officer was killed while two police officers sustained injuries, and three members of the (protester's) group were killed during the violence," government spokesperson Shimeles Kemal told AFP.

The attack occurred Sunday in Gerba in the Amhara region, after demonstrators gathered to protest what they call undemocratic elections of the Supreme Council on Islamic Affairs, Ethiopia's highest Muslim representative body.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/four-killed-following-muslim-protests-ethiopia-0

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Human rights in Tunisia at a crossroads: Amnesty

23 October 2012

TUNIS: Tunisia’s progress on human rights has reached a crossroads, with the Islamist-led government rolling back gains made after last year’s revolution, Amnesty International said in a report released Tuesday.

“Progress on human rights in Tunisia that followed the ousting of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali is being rolled back by the current Tunisian government, casting doubt on their commitment to reforms,” the rights group said.

“Today, Tunisia is at a crossroads... Urgent steps are needed to realize the rights and freedoms for which Tunisians fought so tenaciously and bravely in late 2010 and early 2011,” it added, in a report published on the anniversary of the country’s first free elections.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/human-rights-tunisia-crossroads-amnesty

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Army says gunmen agree to truce in Lebanon's Tripoli

Lebanese army arranges ceasefire in Tripoli to end fights between Sunni and Alawite gunmen allegedly loyal to opposing sides of Syrian conflict;

23 Oct 2012

The Lebanese army has arranged a ceasefire on Tuesday in the northern city of Tripoli after two nights of fighting between Sunni and Alawite gunmen loyal to different sides in the war in neighbouring Syria, a military source said.

At least 10 people have been killed and 65 wounded in clashes in Tripoli despite a heavy deployment of troops backed by tanks and armoured personnel carriers.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/56374/World/Region/Army-says-gunmen-agree-to-truce-in-Lebanons-Tripol.aspx

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