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Religious Educators: Chained a Student for ‘Threatening To Leave Madrasa’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pakistan

Religious educators: Chained a Student for ‘threatening to leave madrasa’

Christian blasphemy accused dies in custody

Over 100 Ahmadi graves desecrated in Lahore

Faculty of Sharia and Law: Discouraging issuance of Fatwas by non-state actors

‘We had no idea they were taking us to a Taliban training camp’

Post-Quassab hanging, Pak judge skips Delhi meet

Preconditions set for release of senior Taliban cadres

Karachi violence claims six lives

Bomb kills two policemen in northwest Pakistan

Karachi cleric killing sparks backlash in Pakistan

Saeed slams Khar for promising to take action against him

Hindu temple demolished: Zardari demands report on Mandir

Temple demolition: The homeless will brave cold nights and put up a fight

Former federal minister writes to president to book guilty of temple demolition

 

Arab World

Dubai-based artist showcases ‘bleeding Syria’ map

1,000 clubs planned for boys and girls, Saudi Prince Faisal told the Shoura Council

Egypt draft charter vote 'right move for stability': Salafist leaders

Preachers Syndicate offer to supervise Egypt's constitution referendum

Syrian Forces Pound Damascus Suburbs, Flights to Resume

Egypt judges refuse to supervise constitution vote

Kingdom’s digital future plan outlined at security summit

Security a ‘red line’ issue: UAE president

Egypt's highest court joins judicial rebellion against Morsi

Two faces of Syrian cinema on show in Paris

Egypt's expats to vote on constitution 8 December

 

India

Shiv Sena burns Pakistan's national flag to protest temple demolition

Hindu group opposes controversial preacher Zakir Naik's meet

Muslims won't give up Babri Masjid land, says M P

‘Hurriyat visit suits Indo-Pak, not Kashmir’

Curbing terrorism, not rights violations, should be top priority, say jurists

Sand import — new addition to India-Pak trade list

NIA puzzled as Malegaon blast witness flip-flops

Include Gujarat, Sind leaders in Sir Creek talks: Experts

Assam crisis: Bodo regime faces charge of partisanship

Guj riots: SC asks SIT if papers can be given to Zakia

High Court blast: Wasim Akram Malik faces waging war charge

India refuses visa to ‘retd Pak army officer’, Kabaddi team yet to arrive

Transistor bomb was plot to trap villager, says ATS

India introduces liberal visa regime for Bangladesh

After 32 years, J&K panchayat members set to get their due

46 of 72 arrested fishermen return from Bangladesh

 

Africa

Suspected Islamists kill 10 Christians in northeast Nigeria

Protests in Tunisian Town Show Anger at Islamist Government

 

Europe

In mosques and pubs, people are more worried by the cuts than ethnic tension

Israel settlement bid a ‘fatal blow’ to peace: Ban

Britain and France may recall envoys to Israel: Report

Russia's Putin to meet Turkey's Erdogan for Syria talks

Abu Qatada appeal sought by Home Secretary Theresa May

 

Mideast Asia

Iran Pushes Out Afghans as Regional Power-Play Heats Up

Tit-for-tat: Israel withholds funds for Palestinians

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas returns triumphantly from UN

Israeli occupation forces kill Palestinian: Police

 

South Asia

GMR contract: decision “non-reversible,” says Maldives

Bomb kills five in southern Afghanistan

Afghan politicians struggle to script 2014 transition

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami calls dawn-to-dusk Hartal

 

Southeast Asia

Indonesia's Education Minister Says Science Will Still Be Taught

No Justice? Indonesia Struggles to Address History of Human Rights Abuse

Malaysia Frees Indonesian Maids 'Held against Will'

Mahfud beats Anas to lead top Muslim group

Award Given To Indonesian Diplomat in US

Malaysia PM Uses Romney Defeat to Warn Divided Party

 

North America

'Strong warning' to Assad over chemical arms: Clinton

US steps up spying over Iran's nuclear plants

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Over 100 Ahmadi graves desecrated in Lahore

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Pakistan

 

Religious educators: Chained a Student for ‘threatening to leave madrasa’

December 3, 2012

TAUNSA: A teenager, who was wandering the streets with chains around his hands and feet, on Saturday told reporters that he had escaped from his madrasa after his teacher punished him up for threatening to leave the madrasa.

Several witnesses told reporters that he had been asking people if they had pliers so he could cut off the chains. They had then taken him to the Taunsa Press Club where he told reporters his story.

He introduced himself as Sajjad, 13, a student of the Jamia Ghausia Madrasa in Kot Sultan. He claimed that he had asked Qari Akbar for a few days’ leave so he could go home.

“The qari said I couldn’t go home. I told him that if he didn’t I would not study at his madrasa anymore.” Sajjad said. He said Akbar had then tied him up in chains.

The teenager claimed that Akbar had also tortured him. “He beat me up,” Sajjad told reporters, “and then he chained me in an open corridor. I was left there in the cold for four days and nights.” He said his class fellows had seem him suffer and then taken pity on him.

Sajjad said he had been able to escape after some of his friends broke the chain in one place using bricks and some sharp objects. He said Akbar used to go home in the evenings and that is when his friends had helped him escape.

The young boy was then taken to the City police station, where the police recorded his statement and then contacted his family. His father Ghulam Hussain and uncle Ghulam Shabbir told police that they did not wish to persecute the madrassa teacher. Hussain and Shabbir told reporters that their family did not want to get involved in a court case or a police investigation. “We are poor people. The madrasa owners are influential. We do not want to initiate any action against them,” they said. Sajjad’s cousin Abdur Rehman said the family would not send him to any madrasa ever.

The police then allowed Sajjad to leave with his family.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/474227/religious-educators-chained-up-for-threatening-to-leave-madrassa/

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Christian blasphemy accused dies in custody

By Asad Kharal

December 3, 2012

LAHORE: A 22-year-old Christian youth, accused of burning a copy of the Holy Quran, died in police custody at Warburton police station on Sunday, The Express Tribune has learnt.

The youth, Nadeem, was detained without an FIR by the Nankana Sahib police seven days ago. Police say he was being kept in protective custody. He was later shifted to Warburton police station, 20km for Nankana Sahib.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Nankana Sahib district police officer (DPO) Ghulam Mubashar Maken said the youth fell severely ill while in custody at Warburton police station and subsequently died.

He said allegations against Nadeem had not been substantiated so far. He added that they were informed by a local committee of Ulema that there was no proof so far to suggest the youth had burned the Holy Quran copy. Since they had been waiting for the committee’s final decision, no case was registered against the youth, DPO Maken said.

Meanwhile, police have handed over Nadeem’s body to his heirs and initiated proceedings under section 174.

DPO Maken said Nadeem’s father Yousaf had told the police that his son was mentally unstable. He added that even after his son’s death, Yousaf was unwilling to take legal action.

Police officials also suggested that Nadeem was tortured by local resident when they allegedly discovered him burning a copy of the Holy Quran. They also suspect he may have been an addict.

Christian woman Asia Bibi, who was sentenced to death in 2010 on blasphemy charges, also belongs to Nankana Sahib.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/474362/mysterious-circumstances-christian-blasphemy-accused-dies-in-custody/

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Over 100 Ahmadi graves desecrated in Lahore

 December 3, 2012

LAHORE: Over 100 tombstones were desecrated by unidentified men at an Ahmadi graveyard in the Model Town area of Lahore early Monday morning.

Eyewitnesses said 12 to 15 masked men, carrying weapons and excavation tools, had entered the graveyard in Model Town Q Block between 1:30am and 1:45am.

At least five of the men were reported to be carrying weapons, including 9mm pistols and a bigger gun.

The perpetrators removed and broke the tombstones of graves. They also told the caretakers that they were not supposed to write the Kalima or Bismillah on the tombstones because, “Ahmadis are infidels.”

“I was about to sleep for a while when I heard the sound of someone jumping inside the compound. When I was about to check who could be there, a number of men pounced on me, started beating me and took my gun,” said Muhammad Younis, a guard at the graveyard.

Younis told The Express Tribune that the attackers had a camera and took his picture after he was tied up. He said some of the attackers had climbed in from the rear wall of the graveyard and a few of them from the front.

The removal of tombstones began after everyone at the compound was tied up.

Around 20 people, including guests and families of the caretakers and guard, were locked up.

Three armed men stood guard outside the quarters where all caretakers were being kept.

On a mission?

Eyewitnesses who were locked in the quarters said they could hear that the attackers were receiving calls and were informing the person on the other line that they had started their mission.

The men were wearing black masks and were speaking Punjabi and Urdu. Their ‘leader’ had long hair, a beard and traces of Pashto in his accent.

They told the guard and others that they belonged to a banned organisation and the Taliban.

Younis only managed to make one phone call to the community’s head of security guards, Muhammad Asif. He was also locked up on arrival.

Eyewitnesses said the entire incident lasted for about 35 minutes. The perpetrators ran off in a hurry when a policeman, who is from the Ahmadi community and a guard at one of their worship places, arrived and fired in the air.

Asif said the attackers also took cell phones, wallets and money from three individuals.

No FIR was registered till the filing of this report, but members of the community said they will file one.

Community to take legal action

In July, 2012, Tufail Raza of the Khatme Nabuwat Lawyers Forum had approached the Liaquatabad Police Station in Lahore for the removal of Islamic inscriptions from tombstones at the graveyard. The graveyard had been established in 1980.

The police did not follow up on the application, but began pressurising the community to remove the text. In October, the Additional Sessions Judge of the Lahore Session Court had asked the police to act according to the law and had disposed of Tufail Raza’s petition.

Idrees Qureshi, the SHO of Liaquatabad Police Station, told The Express Tribune that the court order and application was with DSP Legal for his opinion on how to tackle the issue.

Qureshi said that more than 30 individuals from the Khatme Nabuwat organisation had visited the police station at least three times to ask for the removal of the tombstones.

When the SHO was contacted by The Express Tribune at 11:51am, he was not aware of the desecration incident. “I will send someone to look into this, when I get a call,” he had said.

Ahmed Munir, a member of the Ahmadi community who has been liaisoning with the police over the issue since July, said, “We cannot remove the Kalima ourselves, because it is against our faith, but we requested the police to look at the law and not interpret it the way the anti-Ahmadi elements asked them too.”

Saleemud Din, spokesperson of the Ahmadi community in Pakistan, had a question for the authorities, “this is not some obscure village in Hafizabad, this is Lahore and the neighborhood where the Sharif family lives, how is such an incident allowed to take place here?”

The community says they will take legal action against those who attacked the graveyard.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/474468/over-100-ahmadi-graves-desecrated-in-lahore/

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Faculty of Sharia and Law: Discouraging issuance of Fatwas by non-state actors

 December 3, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Religious scholars will discuss the contentious issue of fatwa issued by non-state actors at a conference being held in Islamabad on Monday. The conference aims at regulating such religious edicts through an authorised legal body.

The two-day international conference on ‘Fatwa as a Non-State Legal System’ is being organised by the International Islamic University’s (IIUI) Faculty of Sharia and Law (FSL) in collaboration with the Islamic Research Institute (IRI), Sharia Academy, Higher Education Commission (HEC), and Jordan’s Al-Wastia Forum, at the Quaid-i-Azam Auditorium of the Faisal mosque campus of the university.

As many as 60 foreign and Pakistani scholars will present their research papers in the conference that will open at 10am. The scholars will review the controversial ‘fatwa’ system in Pakistan, which is being administered by non-state actors, which create controversies. Pakistan is one of the few Muslim countries where Fatwas are issued by non-state actors, unlike states such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt, and the UAE.

Talking about the objective of the conference, FSL Dean Dr Ziaul Haq said Pakistan is the only country where individuals are issuing Fatwas without any proper legal body to regulate this important aspect of Islamic law.

Dr Haq explained that many legal and moral complications arise due to the issuance of fatwas by unauthorised non-state actors, and this needs to be properly regulated and channelised. He gave the example of divorce, where both parties are often able to get Fatwas in their favour from different scholars. He particularly mentioned that militants get Fatwas in their own interest and contrary to this, common people reject such decrees.

Dr Haq said that they have invited scholars from different schools of thought, Madaris, universities and the legal fraternity to present their papers on the subject.  An academic committee has been constituted to review the papers and recommendations will be forwarded to the concerned authorities at the end of the conference to push for the establishment a proper system.

The foreign scholars include Maravan Al-Faouri, Prof Dr Muhammad Ahmad Hassan Al-Qudh, Dr Muhammad Ahmad Masallam Al-Khalailah, Dr Zaid Al-Muhaisen from Jordan, Dr Yahya Al-Umari from Saudi Arabia, Izzuddin Bin Zagheeba from the United Arab Emirates, and Dr Abu Hazzaa Al-Ghamidi.

Foreign scholars based in Pakistan including Muhammad Bin Sa’ad Al-Dausari, Cultural Attaché of Saudi Arabia, LUMS Associate Prof Dr Livia Holden, and scholars from IIUI including university President Prof Ahmad Yousif Al-Draiweesh, Dr Sanaullah al-Azhari, Prof Dr Al Daif Natoor, Dr Ahmad Yousaf Jamal Al-Zamzami, Dr Akram Badawi and Dr Abdullah Rizk will also present their research papers.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/474259/conference-on-fatwas-discouraging-issuance-of-edicts-by-non-state-actors/

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‘We had no idea they were taking us to a Taliban training camp’

December 3, 2012

LAKKI MARWAT: Three young boys who were recovered from a ‘handler’ training them to become suicide bombers were released by a civil court on Saturday and allowed to go back to their families.

The boys were arrested by Sarai Naurang police from a check post. Judicial Magistrate on Duty Malik Hasnain ordered their release after receiving surety bonds.

The boys, neighbours living in Awan Colony, Karachi, recalled their story on how when they met their handler and how they were eventually rescued.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/474311/saved-by-security-forces-we-had-no-idea-they-were-taking-us-to-a-taliban-training-camp/

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Post-Quassab hanging, Pak judge skips Delhi meet

Satya Prakash, Hindustan Times

NDecember 02, 2012

Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhury skipped a two-day International Conference of Jurists on terrorism on New Delhi apparently as fallout of the recent execution of Ajmal Quassab, the Pakistani terrorist involved in 26/11 attacks.

According to Adish C Aggarwala, president of the International Council of Jurists, the organisers of the event, Choudhury had confirmed his participation in the two-day conference prior to Quassab's execution. The conference ended here on Saturday.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Post-Quassab-hanging-Pak-judge-skips-Delhi-meet/Article1-967474.aspx

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Preconditions set for release of senior Taliban cadres

 December 3, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has set preconditions for the release of high-profile Taliban prisoners, including former Taliban No 2 Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar who, Afghan and US officials believe, can help break the deadlock in the nascent Afghan peace process.

Pakistan and Afghanistan have been discussing for months the release of Mullah Baradar. Though, some breakthrough was achieved last month when Pakistan released eight mid-ranking Taliban leaders, the fate of Mullah Baradar is yet to be decided.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/474331/pak-afghan-relations-preconditions-set-for-release-of-senior-taliban-cadres/

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Karachi violence claims six lives

3 Dec 2012

KARACHI: Six people lost their lives in different incidents of violence in Karachi whereas enraged protestors set alight five cars on Rashid Minhas road, DawnNews reported.

One person died of gunshot wounds after unknown gunmen opened fire on a car on the Abul Hasan Ispihani road. The deceased was identified as Maulana Ismael, a teacher at the Jamia Ahsan-ul-Uloom, a well-known seminary in the city’s Gulshan-i-Iqbal Block 2 area.

Fear and panic gripped the area as an enraged mob took to the streets after the incident and burnt five cars on Rashid Minhas road.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/03/karachi-violence-claims-three-lives-2/

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Bomb kills two policemen in northwest Pakistan

Dec 3, 2012

PESHAWAR, PAKISTAN: A bomb ripped through a police van as it was patrolling in northwestern Pakistan on Monday, killing two officers and wounding two others, police said.

The attack took place on the outskirts of the city of Peshawar, which is located on the edge of Pakistan's tribal region, the main sanctuary for Taliban militants in the country. The city has been hit by frequent bombings over the past few years.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Bomb-kills-two-policemen-in-northwest-Pakistan/articleshow/17462067.cms

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Karachi cleric killing sparks backlash in Pakistan

3 Dec 2012

Gunmen have shot dead a senior cleric of a prominent Islamic seminary in the Pakistani city of Karachi, in what police say could be sectarian attack.

Maulana Mohammad Ismail was killed while he was on his way to the Sunni Jamia Ahsanul Uloom seminary.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-20577594

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Saeed slams Khar for promising to take action against him

 December 03, 2012

Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Mohammad Saeed has criticised foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar for promising to take action against him if India provides evidence, saying the Pakistan government had been unable to resolve outstanding issues like the Kashmir issue.

Saeed, named by  India as the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, claimed that evidence against him provided by India had been "dismissed" by Pakistani courts.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/Saeed-slams-Khar-for-promising-to-take-action-against-him/Article1-967730.aspx

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Hindu temple demolished: Zardari demands report on Mandir

December 3, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Taking note of the reported demolishing of a Hindu temple in Karachi, President Asif Ali Zardari has directed authorities concerned to submit a report in this regard, according to a press release on Sunday.

According to presidential spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar, the President expressed concern over the incident and directed the authorities to ensure no community was discriminated against in any manner.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/474365/hindu-temple-demolished-zardari-demands-report-on-mandir/

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Temple demolition: The homeless will brave cold nights and put up a fight

December 3, 2012

KARACHI: The houses in Soldier Bazaar which were demolished on Saturday used to be spaces where 40 people built their lives and nurtured their children. Now, they are nothing more than debris which the homeless will use as pillows as they sleep under the open sky.

Around three or four houses and a century-old temple, the Shri Rama Pir Mandir, were demolished by a private builder. The swift operation seemed to have emerged out of the blue and caught the residents unawares.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/474275/the-homeless-will-brave-cold-nights-and-put-up-a-fight/

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Former federal minister writes to president to book guilty of temple demolition

Dec 3, 2012

AMRITSAR: Pakistan's former federal minister for human rights Ansar Burney has written letters to Pakistan's prime minister and president seeking immediate action against the real estate builder on whose behest century old Sri Rama Pir temple in Karachi was demolished on Saturday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Burney-writes-to-Pakistan-president-to-book-guilty-of-temple-demolition/articleshow/17465675.cms

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Arab World

 

Dubai-based artist showcases ‘bleeding Syria’ map

3 Dec 2012

A popular map on social networks depicting a “bleeding” war-torn Syria has emerged as the centrepiece of an exhibition in Dubai by digital artist Tammam Azzam.

The 4.5 x 4.5 metre (almost 15 foot) work is simply a map of Syria painted in red to indicate blood and is the centrepiece of the exhibition which runs until the end of December.

“I used the Syrian map as an icon,” Azzam told AFP. “This map had never meant anything to me during my whole life before. Suddenly, I had a new-discovered nation.”

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/03/dubai-based-artist-showcases-bleeding-syria-map/

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1,000 clubs planned for boys and girls, Saudi Prince Faisal told the Shoura Council

3 December 2012

Education Minister Prince Faisal bin Abdullah disclosed yesterday plans for more district clubs for boys and girls to help them engage in hobbies and social, cultural and sports activities.

“We intend to establish 1,000 such clubs at schools in the next three years,” Prince Faisal told the Shoura Council. “We have already established more than 50 clubs and allocated funds for 114.”

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/1000-clubs-planned-boys-and-girls

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Egypt draft charter vote 'right move for stability': Salafist leaders

Salafist leaders laud President Morsi's decision to put proposed constitution to vote, warn of economic repercussions if Egypt is left too long without national charter

2 Dec 2012

President Mohamed Morsi's decision to put Egypt's draft constitution before a popular referendum is the "right move for achieving stability in Egypt," Yasser El-Borhamy, deputy head of the Salafist Calling and member of the Constituent Assembly, and Galal Morah, secretary-general of the Salafist Nour Party, told state news agency MENA on Sunday.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/59646/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-draft-charter-vote-right-move-for-stability-.aspx

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Preachers Syndicate offer to supervise Egypt's constitution referendum

3 Dec 2012

The Preachers' Syndicate announced Monday that should the judges continue to strike its members would step in and supervise Egypt's upcoming constitutional referendum, set to take place on 15 December.

"We volunteer to work for God and for the sake of our precious nation as well as to protect its stability," the public statement read. "The preachers and imams, the keepers of the Holy Quran, have won the people's trust and have the ability, efficiency and patriotism to deal with this historical responsibility."

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/59684/Egypt/Politics-/Preachers-Syndicate-offer-to-supervise-Egypts-cons.aspx

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Syrian Forces Pound Damascus Suburbs, Flights to Resume

Erika Solomon | December 03, 2012

Beirut. Syrian forces pounded rebel-held suburbs around Damascus with fighter jets and rockets on Sunday, opposition activists said, killing and wounding dozens in an offensive to push rebels away from the airport and stop them closing in on the capital.

The army struck hard after a week of rebel advances, including the capture of two military bases near the capital. Rebels had been planning to push into central Damascus from their strongholds on the outskirts and fighting in the past week has been fierce.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/syrian-forces-pound-damascus-suburbs-flights-to-resume/559529

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Egypt judges refuse to supervise constitution vote

3 Dec 2012

CAIRO: Egypt’s Judges Club, which represents judges across the country, announced on Sunday that it would not supervise a referendum on a draft constitution, amid a tense standoff between President Mohammed Morsi and the judiciary.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/03/egypt-judges-refuse-to-supervise-constitution-vote/

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Kingdom’s digital future plan outlined at security summit

3 December 2012

“Times have changed. We are now closely connected due to globalization and a developed cyber platform. Cyber security is no longer just about tools, but requires an integrated global approach,” explained Carl Williamson, executive director of cyber strategy at Northrop Grumman Corporation.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/kingdom%E2%80%99s-digital-future-plan-outlined-security-summit

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Security a ‘red line’ issue: UAE president

3 December 2012

ABU DHABI : President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahayan warned yesterday against undermining UAE’s security as he promised to widen the decision-making process in the nation where some 60 Islamists have been detained this year.

“This country’s security is sacred and any attempt to undermine its foundations is a red line,” warned Sheikh Khalifa in statements marking the 41st anniversary of the union of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/security-%E2%80%98red-line%E2%80%99-issue-uae-president

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Egypt's highest court joins judicial rebellion against Morsi

Dec 03 2012

Cairo : Egypt's highest court joined a judicial rebellion against President Mohammed Morsi on Sunday by declaring an open-ended strike on the day it was supposed to rule on the legitimacy of two key assemblies controlled by allies of the Islamist leader.

The strike by the Supreme Constitutional Court and opposition plans to march on the presidential palace on Tuesday take the country's latest political crisis to a level not seen in the nearly two years of turmoil since Hosni Mubarak's ouster in a popular uprising.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/egypts-highest-court-joins-judicial-rebellion-against-morsi/1039665/

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Two faces of Syrian cinema on show in Paris

Monday 3 Dec 2012

For half a century Syria's filmmakers were forced to work under a numbing state censor or choose exile. But a flow of images beamed online from the conflict zone, spotlighted in Paris this week, may contain the seeds of a new Syrian cinema.

The French capital's Forum Des Images Film Centre is showcasing some of the gems to have slipped past the censors since the 1970s, alongside raw and urgent images born of the revolution.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/32/59611/Arts--Culture/Film/Two-faces-of-Syrian-cinema-on-show-in-Paris.aspx

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Egypt's expats to vote on constitution 8 December

3 Dec 2012

Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Tuesday that Egyptians living abroad will vote on Egypt's draft constitution between 8 - 11 December.

The ministry spokesman confirmed that Egypt's embassies and consulates will extend their opening hours to 8am -8pm so that people can vote in the referendum before and after work.

The draft constitution was approved by the president on Saturday: Egyptians are expected to head to the polls on 15 December.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/59693/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-expats-to-vote-on-constitution--December--.aspx

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India

 

Shiv Sena burns Pakistan's national flag to protest temple demolition

Dec 03 2012

Phagwara : Activists of Shiv Sena today burnt the Pakistan's national flag and effigy of its government to protest the demolition of a century old temple in Karachi.

Led by Sena's state vice-president Inderjit Karwal, the protesters marched from Hanumangarhi temple along GT road here to Sugar Mill crossing and set ablaze the Pakistani flag and the effigy on national highway.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/shiv-sena-burns-pakistans-national-flag-to-protest-temple-demolition/1039759/

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Hindu group opposes controversial preacher Zakir Naik's meet

Dec 02 2012

Thane : A local Hindu group has come out strongly against the police decision to allow Islamic Research Foundation president Zakir Naik to speak at a meeting in the communally sensitive Mumbra township near here.

A delegation of Hindu Janajagurti Samiti will meet the District Collector and the Police Commissioner to submit a memorandum seeking cancellation of permission granted to him, district office bearer of the Samiti, Prasanna Dhage said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/hindu-group-opposes-controversial-preacher-zakir-naiks-meet/1039431/

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Muslims won't give up Babri Masjid land, says Owaisi

December 03, 2012

Member of Parliament Asaduddin Owaisi has said the Muslims will never give up even an inch of the land of the demolished Babri Masjid at Ayodhya. The president of the Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) said Muslims were betrayed at every step in the Babri Masjid case and felt that justice should be done to ensure peace and law and order in the country.

Owaisi was addressing a mammoth public meeting organised by the United Muslim Action Committee at MIM headquarters Darussalam in Hyderabad Sunday night, ahead of the 20th anniversary of the demolition of the Babri Masjid on Dec 6, 1992.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Hyderabad/Muslims-won-t-give-up-Babri-Masjid-land-says-Owaisi/Article1-967695.aspx

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‘Hurriyat visit suits Indo-Pak, not Kashmir’

By Gowhar Geelani

3 Dec 2012

Some moderate leaders of a faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference [APHC] — an amalgam of various political and social organisations favouring ‘palatable’ resolution to the Kashmir issue — are making claims like they will be visiting Pakistan “as owners and not slaves” and “will talk business there”, but some keen Kashmir watchers are not sounding as sanguinely hopeful about the outcome of such an exercise and perceive it as “remote controlled”. The delegation of the APHC [M] led by Kashmir’s head priest, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, is visiting Pakistan later this year where it is scheduled to hold talks on Kashmir with country’s top leadership.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/03/hurriyat-visit-suits-indo-pak-not-kashmir/

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Curbing terrorism, not rights violations, should be top priority, say jurists

3 Dec 2012

Internationally collaborated efforts needed to tackle global problem

Curbing terrorism, and not human rights violations, should be the top priority of countries, said a resolution adopted by the International Council of Jurists (ICJ) at the conclusion of a two-day conference on terrorism here on Sunday. According to ICJ President Adish C. Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/curbing-terrorism-not-rights-violations-should-be-top-priority-say-jurists/article4157053.ece

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Sand import — new addition to India-Pak trade list

Dec 03 2012

Amritsar : The ban on sand mining and its cascading effect of skyrocketing prices of sand in Punjab has added another dimension to trade between India and Pakistan through the Attari Integrated Check Post. With Indian traders looking forward to Pakistan to import sand, in the last couple of days, consignments of sand have made their way to India from the neighbouring country.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/sand-import---new-addition-to-indiapak-trade-list/1039599/

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NIA puzzled as Malegaon blast witness flip-flops

By Deeptiman Tiwary

 Dec 3, 2012, 03

NEW DELHI: Key witness and approver in the 2006 Malegaon blast case Abrar Ahmed's contention that he was pressurized by Maharashtra ATS to take names of the Muslim accused in the case, has ironically become a roadblock in National Investigation Agency's (NIA) probe of the case.

Post-Swami Aseemanand's confession of a Hindu hand behind the blast, the NIA was investigating how the nine Muslim men arrested by Maharashtra ATS came to be implicated in the case. NIA had hoped to reach the source of the information that put the nine men behind bars through Abrar. But with him maintaining the present stance, that lead is lost.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/NIA-puzzled-as-Malegaon-blast-witness-flip-flops/articleshow/17457707.cms

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Include Gujarat, Sind leaders in Sir Creek talks: Experts

By Sameer Arshad

Dec 3, 2012

NEW DELHI: The two-day Aman Ki Asha strategic seminar on proposing civil society's solutions to Sir Creek and Siachen issues between India and Pakistan began in New Delhi on Sunday.

The experts discussed the relatively less contentious issues on the first day and will deliberate on defining a roadmap on the vexed Kashmir issue on Monday.

There was a convergence of views with experts from the either side stressing on the need to mobilize public opinion to challenge the lack of political will for resolving bilateral issues. The indecisiveness of the political leadership was identified as the main problem, frustrating any forward movement on issues often identified as doable.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Include-Gujarat-Sind-leaders-in-Sir-Creek-talks-Experts/articleshow/17457399.cms

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Assam crisis: Bodo regime faces charge of partisanship

By Supriya Sharma

Dec 3, 2012

KOKRAJHAR: Throughout the 1990s, as Army trucks rolled out of Kokrajhar town, at the centre of western Assam's Bodo insurgency, like most other markers of normalcy, RK Dey Hall had fallen comatose. The local theatre was revived with a coat of white paint in 2003 — the year of the peace accord — not to screen movies, but to hold democratic debate as the new Bodoland legislative assembly. The assembly has now moved to a stately new building, but the conundrum created at its inception remains: Thirty of its 40 elected seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribes, or the Bodos, that constitute just one-third of the region's population.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Assam-crisis-Bodo-regime-faces-charge-of-partisanship/articleshow/17457927.cms

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Guj riots: SC asks SIT if papers can be given to Zakia

 December 03, 2012

The Supreme Court on Monday directed the SIT, which probed 2002 Gujarat riots cases, to apprise it on whether documents relating to the closure report of the case of killing of Congress leader Ehsan Jafri can be supplied to his wife Zakia Jafri. "We direct the SIT (Special Investigation Team) chairperson to peruse the special leave petition (SLP) filed by the complainant (Zakia Jafri) and apprise us on whether the documents which are part of the closure report in the case can be supplied to the complainant or not," a bench comprising justices DK Jain and Madan B Lokur said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Guj-riots-SC-asks-SIT-if-papers-can-be-given-to-Zakia/Article1-967647.aspx

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High Court blast: Wasim Akram Malik faces waging war charge

 Dec 03 2012

New Delhi : The Delhi High Court today ordered the trial court to frame charges of waging war against the government of India against Wasim Akram Malik for his role in the September 2011 terror strike in the high court premises.

A bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and S P Garg allowed National Investigation Agency's plea against the trial court order, which had dropped stringent penal charge of 'waging war against the government' against Malik, who is facing trial in the September 7, 2011 attack case, in which 15 people were killed and 79 others were injured.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/high-court-blast-wasim-akram-malik-faces-waging-war-charge/1039768/

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India refuses visa to ‘retd Pak army officer’, Kabaddi team yet to arrive

Dec 03 2012

Amritsar: The Pakistani Kabaddi team failed to reach India on Sunday, casting a shadow of uncertainty over its participation in the third edition of the World Cup Kabaddi being organised by Punjab government.

Even though the 19-member Pakistani contingent have been issued visas by the Indian consulate for the World Cup, it has emerged that team is adamant to get visa for a retired army officer, whose visa application has been turned down by India.

The team was supposed to reach to India on Saturday to participate in the inaugural ceremony of the World Cup held in Bathinda.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-refuses-visa-to--retd-pak-army-officer--kabaddi-team-yet-to-arrive/1039658/

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Transistor bomb was plot to trap villager, says ATS

Dec 03 2012

Pune : Beed explosion: Poultry farm owner arrested

The transistor radio that went off in the house of an MSRTC conductor injuring him and his three family members in Kaij taluka of Beed district was the handiwork of a plot hatched by a poultry farm owner to settle scores with another villager, a joint investigation by ATS and Beed police has revealed.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/transistor-bomb-was-plot-to-trap-villager-says-ats/1039607/

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India introduces liberal visa regime for Bangladesh

SUJAY MEHDUDIA

3 Dec 2012

Living up to the promise made by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to remove trade and non-tariff barriers between India and Bangladesh, India has decided to adopt a liberal visa policy for various categories of Bangladesh nationals, as a pro-active step, to promote economic engagement, people-to-people contact, cultural ties and tourism between the two nations.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-introduces-liberal-visa-regime-for-bangladesh/article4159802.ece

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After 32 years, J&K panchayat members set to get their due

AHMED ALI FAYYAZ

3 Dec 2012

Nobody, even seniormost legislators, knows precisely when members of the Panchayati Raj institutions held their last representation in the House of Elders in Jammu and Kashmir last time. J&K Legislative Council (JKLC) Secretary Mohammad Ashraf Mir appears to be the only man of knowledge — by virtue of being the custodian of archives.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/after-32-years-jk-panchayat-members-set-to-get-their-due/article4157166.ece

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46 of 72 arrested fishermen return from Bangladesh

3 Dec 2012

Forty-six of the 72 fishermen from West Bengal, who were arrested by the Bangladesh authorities for straying into the country’s waters last month, returned to South 24 Parganas district on Sunday.

Minister of State for Sunderban Affairs Manturam Pakhira said the 46 fishermen returned in three trawlers while the remaining fishermen would be released on December 5 and were likely to reach here on December 6. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ensured their early release by holding talks with the Bangladesh authorities.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/46-of-72-arrested-fishermen-return-from-bangladesh/article4157047.ece

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Africa

 

Suspected Islamists kill 10 Christians in northeast Nigeria

Dec 3, 2012

MAIDUGURI (NIGERIA): Suspected Islamist fighters went on the rampage in northeast Nigeria overnight, killing 10 Christians with guns and machetes and burning down their houses, witnesses said on Sunday.

The attack happened in a village called Chibok, in a remote part of northeastern Borno state, at the heart of an insurgency led by Islamist sect Boko Haram.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Suspected-Islamists-kill-10-Christians-in-northeast-Nigeria/articleshow/17459352.cms

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Protests in Tunisian Town Show Anger at Islamist Government

Tarek Amara | December 03, 2012

Siliana, Tunisia. In a remote town in Tunisia’s interior, protesters angry over joblessness and harsh police tactics call for the downfall of new Islamist rulers, echoing the revolt that ignited the Arab Spring two years ago.

Siliana, 140 kilometers (90 miles) from the coastal capital, has been convulsed as thousands of largely unemployed youth battle riot police firing tear gas and birdshot.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/protests-in-tunisian-town-show-anger-at-islamist-government/559528

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Europe

 

In mosques and pubs, people are more worried by the cuts than ethnic tension

Giles Fraser

30 November 2012

I have often stood outside Indo, one of my favourite little London boozers, sipped a glass of wine, pulled on a fag and pondered to myself what goes on inside the mosque immediately opposite. Even from the Indo side of Whitechapel Road you can tell the mosque is always busy.

Four thousand people turn up for prayers every day, and double that on a Friday. During Ramadan, it's even more packed – with a radio station on the roof, as well as the muezzin, calling the faithful to worship. In terms of weekly attendance, this must surely make the East London mosque the busiest place of worship in the whole country.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/belief/2012/nov/30/mosque-pub-welfare-reform-ethnic-tension

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Israel settlement bid a ‘fatal blow’ to peace: Ban

3 Dec 2012

UNITED NATIONS: UN leader Ban Ki-moon warned Sunday that if Israeli implemented its latest plan for new settlements it would deal an “almost fatal blow” to any prospects for peace with the Palestinians.

Israel’s announcement about the 3,000 Jewish settler homes, whose planned location was not revealed, came in the wake of a historic vote by the UN General Assembly to upgrade Palestine’s diplomatic status.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/03/israel-settlement-bid-a-fatal-blow-to-peace-ban/

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Britain and France may recall envoys to Israel: Report

Dec 3, 2012

JERUSALEM: In an unprecedented move, Britain and France are mulling the option of recalling their envoys from Israel in protest against its decision to expand settlements, a media report here said.

"This time it won't just be a condemnation, there will be real action taken against Israel," a senior European diplomat told Ha'aretz daily as Israel continued with punitive measures against the Palestinian Authority (PA) following their successful bid at the United Nations to win a non-member state observer status.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Britain-and-France-may-recall-envoys-to-Israel-Report/articleshow/17463573.cms

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Russia's Putin to meet Turkey's Erdogan for Syria talks

Dec 3, 2012

ISTANBUL: Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan during a landmark visit to Istanbul on Monday to discuss their differences over the crisis in Syria.

The visit follows a delay because of tensions between the two countries over the 20-month-old Syrian conflict and speculation that the Russian president might postpone his long-awaited trip due to a back injury.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Russias-Putin-to-meet-Turkeys-Erdogan-for-Syria-talks/articleshow/17460505.cms

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Abu Qatada appeal sought by Home Secretary Theresa May

3 Dec 2012

Home Secretary Theresa May has applied for permission to appeal against a decision to block the removal of Jordanian terror suspect Abu Qatada.

Papers have been lodged with the civil appeals office at the Court of Appeal ahead of a deadline later.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20579290

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Mideast Asia

 

Iran Pushes Out Afghans as Regional Power-Play Heats Up

Amie Ferris-Rotman | December 03, 2012

Herat, Afghanistan. Ghaus worked in Iran for five years but has nothing to show for it. All he has are memories of being jailed, beaten and sent home to Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s oil-rich western neighbor has for years been a destination for Afghans seeking work or fleeing war. Afghanistan and Iran share a language, and cultural and historical links.

But hostility to the US role in Afghanistan, regional ambitions and an economy choked by Western sanctions have persuaded Iran to cast out Afghan migrants, to the dismay of those forced home and their government.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/iran-pushes-out-afghans-as-regional-power-play-heats-up/559523

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Tit-for-tat:Israel withholds funds for Palestinians

Dec 3, 2012

JERUSALEM: Israel on Sunday rejected the United Nations' endorsement of an independent state of Palestine, announcing it would withhold more than $100 million collected for the Palestinian government to pay debts to Israeli companies.

It was the second act of reprisal since the UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to support the Palestinians' statehood initiative. The following day, Israel announced it would start drawing up plans to build thousands of settlement homes, including the first-ever residential developments on a sensitive piece of land near Jerusalem.

 Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Tit-for-tatIsrael-withholds-funds-for-Palestinians/articleshow/17458942.cms

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Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas returns triumphantly from UN

Dec 3, 2012

RAMALLAH (WEST BANK): The Palestinian president returned triumphantly to the West Bank on Sunday, receiving a boisterous welcome from thousands of cheering supporters at a rally celebrating his people's new acceptance to the United Nations.

An Israeli decision to cut off a cash transfer to the financially troubled Palestinian Authority, following an earlier decision to build thousands of new homes in Jewish settlements, failed to put a damper on the celebrations.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Palestinian-President-Mahmoud-Abbas-returns-triumphantly-from-UN/articleshow/17458311.cms

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Israeli occupation forces kill Palestinian: Police

3 Dec 2012

Israeli troops shot dead an axe-wielding Palestinian as he approached their vehicle after it flipped in an accident in the northern West Bank on Monday, Israeli police said.

"While the soldiers were trying to get out, a Palestinian approached them with an axe and tried to attack the soldiers. The soldiers shot him dead," police spokeswoman Luba Samri told AFP.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/59671/World/Region/Israeli-occupation-forces-kill-Palestinian-Police.aspx

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South Asia

 

GMR contract: decision “non-reversible,” says Maldives

3 Dec 2012

Unperturbed by the Singapore High Court stay on its termination of Male airport contract given to GMR, Maldives on Monday made it clear that its decision was “non-reversible and non-negotiable” and said no such injunction can be issued against a sovereign state.

“The government’s decision is very clear. It is non-reversible and non-negotiable. Our decision was based on legal advice we got from our lawyers in UK and Singapore,” Maldives President Mohamed Waheed’s press secretary Masood Imad told PTI.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/gmr-contract-decision-nonreversible-says-maldives/article4160017.ece

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Bomb kills five in southern Afghanistan

3 Dec 2012

At least five people, including two women, were killed when a bomb targeting an army vehicle exploded in southern Afghanistan on Monday, officials said.

The remote-controlled bomb was placed on a motorcycle and hit an Afghan army patrol truck as it was passing in Trin Kot the capital of Uruzgan province.

"Two Afghan army soldiers and three civilians were killed in the blast," provincial police spokesman Farid Ayal told AFP.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/59691/World/International/Bomb-kills-five-in-southern-Afghanistan.aspx

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Afghan politicians struggle to script 2014 transition

PRAVEEN SWAMI

3 Dec 2012

Late last month, Afghan President Hamid Karzai received the blueprints for a new home he hopes to occupy in 2014, vacating his official residence at the Arg — the royal citadel built in 1880 after British troops levelled the historic Bala Hisar Fort. There appears to a blueprint for little else concerning the country’s looming political transition, though — least of all the critical question of who might move into the Arg once Mr. Karzai leaves.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/afghan-politicians-struggle-to-script-2014-transition/article4156992.ece

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Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami calls dawn-to-dusk Hartal

3 Dec 2012

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami declared a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for Tuesday demanding cancellation of what they termed 'farcical trial in the name of war crimes trial' and release of detained party high-ups.

Shafiqur Rahman, acting secretary general of Jamaat, in a press release said the party called the hartal demanding withdrawal of 'false' cases against party high-ups and their release from detention.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=42893

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Southeast Asia

 

Indonesia's Education Minister Says Science Will Still Be Taught

December 03, 2012

Indonesia's elementary school students will still be taught the sciences, Education and Culture Minister Mohammad Nuh said over the weekend. They just won't be curriculum subjects on their own.

"The subjects will be integrated, not eliminated. Therefore, IPA [science] and IPS [social science] will always be included in the elementary school curriculum," Nuh said in Palembang on Sunday, according to antarasumsel.com.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/education/indonesias-education-minister-says-science-will-still-be-taught/559521

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No Justice? Indonesia Struggles to Address History of Human Rights Abuse

December 02, 2012

Victims of alleged human rights violations in Indonesia, a country where human rights courts set up in 2000 have yet to convict a single case, are facing an uphill battle to bring perpetrators to justice.

Data from local NGO Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) estimates more than one million people suffered rights abuses between 1965 and 1998 that took place largely under President Suharto’s military rule, which ended in 1998 with his forced resignation.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/no-justice-indonesia-struggles-to-address-history-of-human-rights-abuse/559367

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Malaysia Frees Indonesian Maids 'Held Against Will'

December 03, 2012

Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian authorities have freed 105 mostly Indonesian maids who were forced to work without pay by day and held against their will at night, local media reported on Monday.

The women were freed on Saturday in a raid on a building near the capital Kuala Lumpur where they had been held by their employment agency, said the reports, in a case sure to feed anger among Malaysia's neighbors over recurring reports of foreign maids being abused in the country.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/malaysia-frees-indonesian-maids-held-against-will/559548

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Mahfud beats Anas to lead top Muslim group

December 03 2012

Mahfud MD has been elected the next chief of one of the nation’s most influential Muslim organizations, boosting his credibility as one of the strongest potential candidates in the 2014 presidential election.

The outgoing chief justice of the Constitutional Court will be the chairman of the Islamic Students Alumni Association (KAHMI) at its national congress in Kampar, Riau, Antara news agency reported.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/12/03/mahfud-beats-anas-lead-top-muslim-group.html

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Award Given To Indonesian Diplomat in US

Jakarta Globe | December 03, 2012

Indonesian Ambassador to the United States Dino Patti Djalal has received the Global Innovation Award from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, for his innovative ideas and efforts to positively transform Indonesia’s diplomatic profile.

The award is given to leaders who embody innovative leadership over an extended period of time, according to the university’s website.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/award-given-to-indonesian-diplomat-in-us/559471

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Malaysia PM Uses Romney Defeat to Warn Divided Party

Stuart Grudgings | December 03, 2012

Kuala Lumpur. When Malaysia’s ruling party gathered for a tub-thumping pre-election rally last week, Prime Minister Najib Razak delivered a stern behind-the-scenes warning: don’t repeat the mistake of Mitt Romney.

Just as the US Republican presidential candidate’s over-reliance on older, white voters lost him last month’s election, so could the dependence of the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) on rural, ethnic Malay voters, Najib told delegates at the assembly, according to a senior party insider.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/international/malaysia-pm-uses-romney-defeat-to-warn-divided-party/559535

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North America

 

'Strong warning' to Assad over chemical arms: Clinton

3 Dec 2012

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday issued a "strong warning" to the regime of Bashar al-Assad over the potential use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people.

"This is a red line for the United States," Clinton said after meeting Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg. "Once again we issue a very strong warning to the Assad regime that their behaviour is reprehensible. Their actions against their own people have been tragic," she added.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/59679/World/Region/-Strong-warning-to-Assad-over-chemical-arms-Clinto.aspx

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US steps up spying over Iran's nuclear plants

Dec 03 2012

Washington : Alarmed over security of weapons-grade plutonium in Iran's secretive Bushehr nuclear plant, US has significantly stepped up spying operations over the Persian Gulf country.

The Americans are increasing the surveillance of Iran's southwestern coast by deploying Pentagon's fleet of dronesoperating over the Persian Gulf and the electronic eye in the sky has intercepted visual images and audio communication from the reactor complex, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-steps-up-spying-over-irans-nuclear-plants/1039747/

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