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Reunification of India and Pakistan only solution to Kashmir: Markandey Katju

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

India

Reunification of India and Pakistan only solution to Kashmir: Markandey Katju

India wants strong and prosperous Pakistan: P M

Illegal mining: Goan firm operates on Pakistani’s power of attorney, CEC tells SC

India asks Nepal to prevent terror groups from using its soil for infiltration

I am not Abu Jundal, Ansari tells court

Embassies of Bahrain and Qatar letters forged by private firm

India not to curtail aid to Maldives

Equity, the face saver for India from Doha climate talks

India unlikely to get Headley’s custody

Indian, other foreign firms still active in Iran's energy sector

 

Arab World

Charter enshrining Sharia at core of Egypt crisis

Al Ahmadiya School in Dubai: A fortress of knowledge

Syrian Rebels Create New Unified Military Command

Egypt's President Morsi to allow military to arrest civilians: Al-Ahram daily

Saudi Official: Gulf Cannot 'Tolerate' Unrest

UAE authorities 'detain 18-year-old blogger'

Climate talks on the brink of collapse in Doha

3 weeks on, Egypt fire refuses to die down

Morsi opponents camp at presidential palace ahead of dialogue talks

Egypt delays early voting on new constitution

Egypt: Army warns it will not allow 'dark tunnel'

Ex-MP Mohamed Abou Hamed, accuses Muslim Brotherhood of assaulting him

Egypt military warns of 'disastrous consequences'

Egyptians must disown violence: Brotherhood leader

 

Europe

Chechnya to build mosque to accommodate 10,000 people, in honour of President

UK's Hague confirms 'evidence' of Syria chemical arms plans

Lawsuit targets French paper over naked Mohammed cartoons

Mosque Rejection Saddens UK Muslims

Muslim Partnership Helps UK Child Aid

More than 63,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq: UN

U.N. Rights Chief Cites ‘Disastrous’ Situation in Egypt

 

Pakistan

'US drone attack kills al Qaeda commander Abu Zaid with 10 other people in Pak'

NGO gets scholars on board to help teenage boys learn about growing up

Unregistered seminaries face closure in Upper Dir

President Zardari visits Malala in Birmingham hospital

Abbottabad Commission completes probe report on Osama killing

Army appellate court upholds convictions of GHQ attackers

Journalists threatened for reporting rape case

US special envoy discusses Taliban prisoners’ release

Mehsud tribesmen exit deadline extended till Dec 15

Pak army bosses to continue Afghan 'reconciliation' work

 

North America

Internet Governance Talks In Jeopardy as Arab States, Russia Ally

Shias in New York protest against 'genocide' in Pakistan

Hillary to testify on Benghazi attack

US wants Pakistan to solve its problems

Egypt nabs terror suspect linked to Benghazi attack: WSJ

 

Southeast Asia

Indonesian Maid Escapes Malaysian Employer After Allegedly Forced to Eat Pork

Former JI and NII jihadist now wages a campaign for peace

 

South Asia

200 teens have been detained in Afghan war: US

Attack on Afghan intelligence chief planned in Pakistan: Karzai

400 Chinese govt sites hacked by Pak groups

Airport handover 'seamless': Maldives government

 

Africa

DR Congo rebels, troops accused of killing, rape rampage

Nairobi mosque blast toll rises to five: police

 

Mideast Asia

Yemen foils prison break by 25 Qaeda convicts

Thousands gather in Gaza for Hamas rally and Meshaal speech

Are settlements in Israel major obstacle to peace?

Iranian Warships' Visit Risks Straining Sudan-Gulf Ties

Poison found on late Turkey president not lethal: press

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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India

 

Reunification of India and Pakistan only solution to Kashmir: Markandey Katju

Dec 8, 2012

NEW DELHI: Press Council of India (PCI) chairperson Justice Markandey Katju today said that the only solution to the Kashmir problem is reunification of India and Pakistan under a strong and "modern-minded" government which will not tolerate bigotry.

"The cause of the Kashmir problem is the partition of India on a totally bogus basis - the two nation theory, that Hindus and Muslims are separate nations....I don't recognize Pakistan as a legitimate country because the whole basis is the two nation theory and I don't accept the two nation theory," he said.

"Therefore the one and only solution to the Kashmir problem or the militancy problem in Pakistan is the reunification of India and Pakistan under a strong, central, secular, modern-minded government which just doesn't tolerate bigotry," he said and added that such a government would deal with fanaticism with an iron hand.

Addressing a seminar organised by the South Asia Media Commission here, he said that the two nation theory was encouraged by the British post 1857 to create rift between Hindus and Muslims.

"Many of my Pakistan friends, they agree now that what nonsense this two nation theory is....the entire ploy was by the English and you people are a bunch of idiots," Katju said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Reunification-of-India-and-Pakistan-only-solution-to-Kashmir-Markandey-Katju/articleshow/17534182.cms

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India wants strong and prosperous Pakistan: Manmohan

Dec 7, 2012

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said India would like to see a "strong, stable and prosperous" Pakistan and that he was happy to see democracy flourish over there as he received a parliamentary delegation from that country.

Singh also told the delegation led by chairman of Pakistan's Senate Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari that closer relations between parliaments in the two countries was necessary for strengthening bilateral relations.

"Welcoming the resumption of dialogue process, Prime Minister said India would like to see a strong, stable and prosperous Pakistan and was happy to see democracy flourish over there," a statement from Pakistan high commission here said.

Bokhari felt parliamentary diplomacy would be "more beneficial" in improving ties between the two nation as members of parliament represent the aspirations of the people.

"We had a very good meeting. We discussed bilateral issues. It is a positive thing that the two countries are talking so that relations could improve," Bokhari told PTI after a 45-minute meeting with the Prime Minister.

Besides the Prime Minister, the delegation, which is here at the invitation of Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari, also met external affairs minister Salman Khurshid, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, leader of the opposition Arun Jaitley and president of Indian Council for Cultural Relations Karan Singh.

"We discussed the areas in which there are impediments which should be resolved," he said.

The delegation also met President Pranab Mukherjee who expressed satisfaction over the enhanced parliamentary exchanges as well as forward movement in areas such as trade, culture and people-to-people contacts.

"The President stressed on the need for the two countries to build on convergences and narrowing divergences," the statement said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-wants-strong-and-prosperous-Pakistan-Manmohan/articleshow/17523715.cms

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Illegal mining: Goan firm operates on Pakistani’s power of attorney, CEC tells SC

By Dhananjay Mahapatra

Dec 8, 2012

NEW DELHI: The brazen illegal mining with "tacit" approval of the Goa government touched a new high when the Supreme Court's environment panel said that a Pakistani had been for decades executing power of attorney from Karachi to a Goan partnership firm for mining of iron ore in serious breach of law.

The CEC (Central Empowered Committee) in its report to SC on Friday said, "It is seen that the mining lease was granted in the name of an individual who had migrated to Pakistan and died there. He was never involved in operating the mining lease or seeking renewal of it.

The lease has been allowed to be operated illegally by a partnership firm comprising Timblo Pvt Ltd, Ms Radha S Timblo and others. The mining lease has been renewed by the Goa government in favour of the partnership firm owned and controlled by Timblo family by disregarding and in blatant violation of Rule 37 of Mineral Concession Rules, 1960."

The CEC pointed out that the renewal of mining lease was allowed "on the basis of an unregistered power of attorney, stated to have been executed by the lessee while staying in Pakistan and whose genuineness and validity was highly dubious and doubtful".

"Even though all facts in the matter were available with the state government, it chose to ignore them and the lease granted in favour of an individual was illegally allowed to be converted into a partnership firm owned by Timblo family," the CEC said.

Amicus curiae A D N Rao informed the court that the CEC found many more such cases of grant of mining lease in violation of Mineral Concession Rules.

On the Timblo family-owned partnership firm, the environment panel said the original lease was granted to one Badrudin Bavani and the first renewal of the lease was allowed in the name of a firm 'Badrudin Hussain Bhai Mavani', who neither has any financial stake nor any control in the said firm controlled by the Timblo family.

"The state of Goa was fully aware of the serious illegalities involved. However, instead of taking punitive action in accordance with the law, it disregarded the serious illegalities and chose to grant renewal of the mining lease in favour of the partnership firm owned and under control of Timblo family, which should not have been permitted," it said.

"The ownership and control of the said lease by the Timblo family (through the partnership firm) was justified by them by producing before the state government another power of attorney dated November 5, 1997 stated to have been executed by Mavani in favour of Ms Radha S Timblo. In the said power of attorney, it is mentioned that Mavani is staying in Karachi, Pakistan. This document is not registered, not notarized or signed in presence of witnesses," it said.

The special secretary (development) found that the signature of Mavani in the power of attorney executed in 1979 did not tally with the 1997 document. It is mandatory for general power of attorney (GPA) signed abroad and received in India to be routed through the district magistrate or verified by the Indian embassy/consulate, neither of which was done in this case, the CEC found.

In another deed of partnership dated March 27, 2002, Abdul Sultan Mavani (son of the original lease holder) was included as partner in place of his father though the death of the earlier lease holder was no where mentioned in the partnership deed.

By another reconstitution of partnership deed on April 7, 2005, Abdul Sultan Mavani was stated to have retired from the partnership, the CEC said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Illegal-mining-Goan-firm-operates-on-Pakistanis-power-of-attorney-CEC-tells-SC/articleshow/17527046.cms

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India asks Nepal to prevent terror groups from using its soil for infiltration

By Deeptiman Tiwary

Dec 7, 2012

NEW DELHI: With several former militants from Jammu & Kashmir recently using Nepal to enter India from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), New Delhi has asked Kathmandu to strengthen its screening process since intelligence inputs suggest that ISI-backed terror groups are trying to push active terrorists in the guise of ex-ultras.

In the recently concluded meet between the Sashatra Seema Bal (SSB) and the Armed Police Force of Nepal (NAPF), India expressed security concerns over more than 100 former militants illegally entering the country via Nepal to avail the government's rehabilitation policy for former militants despite designating four specific routes for their return.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-asks-Nepal-to-prevent-terror-groups-from-using-its-soil-for-infiltration/articleshow/17524323.cms

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I am not Abu Jundal, Ansari tells court

 December 08, 2012

‘My confessional statement was taken forcibly’

Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal, alleged handler of the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai, on Friday told the Sessions Court here that he was not Abu Jundal and his confessional statement was taken forcibly.

Ansari, who is currently in Delhi’s Tihar jail, told the court through video conferencing that the name Abu Jundal had been wrongly given to him. His counsel Ejaj Naqvi, told The Hindu that Ansari told the court that all allegations levelled against him were false.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/i-am-not-abu-jundal-ansari-tells-court/article4174850.ece

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Embassies of Bahrain and Qatar letters forged by private firm

Dec 8, 2012

MUMBAI: The Protector of Emigrants (PoE) lodged a complaint with the economic offences wing (EOW) against a private firm saying it has forged the confidential documents of embassies of Bahrain and Qatar.

The police are now looking for the accused who promised 96 Indian youth to provide job in the gulf.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Embassies-letters-forged-by-private-firm/articleshow/17532665.cms

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India not to curtail aid to Maldives

SANDEEP DIKSHIT

 December 08, 2012

India said it was watching the situation in Maldives closely but had no plans as yet to curtail any aid. “As for the standby credit promised by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, there is no timeline for disbursing it,” official sources said.

The Indian government fears Maldives could be hit to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation for cancelling the GMR-led consortium’s contract.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-not-to-curtail-aid-to-maldives/article4175352.ece

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Equity, the face saver for India from Doha climate talks

Chetan Chauhan, Hindustan Times

 December 07, 2012

India got some face saver as complex UN climate talks at Doha moved into its final phase with civil society crying hoarse over the Friday’s draft final outcome terming it a perfect recipe for “global genocide”.

The proposed text for vetting by around 200 participating countries later tonight provided home to many outstanding issues such as transparency regime for mitigation actions, new market mechanisms and transfer of clean technologies under different UN climate bodies but failed to reach consensus of funding to poor nations. It mooted another year to reach agreement on this.

 Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/Equity-the-face-saver-for-India-from-Doha-climate-talks/Article1-969908.aspx

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India unlikely to get Headley’s custody

By Saurabh Shukla in New Delhi

 December 08, 2012

INDIA’S bid for extradition of 26/ 11 Mumbai attack planner David Headley from the US is not likely to be successful anytime soon.

New Delhi has made a formal request seeking the custody of Headley but it may have to battle a series of complexities in the US law before it can get its hands on the Lashkar- e- Tayyeba operative.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Indian, other foreign firms still active in Iran's energy sector

Dec 8, 2012

WASHINGTON: At least seven companies from China, India, South Korea and South Africa continued to have investments in Iran's oil and gas sectors in 2012 even as Tehran came under international scrutiny for its nuclear ambitions, a US government watchdog said on Friday.

A new US law signed in August gave the Obama administration the authority to sanction firms that help Iran develop its energy resources, a key source of revenue for the country.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/Indian-other-foreign-firms-still-active-in-Irans-energy-sector/articleshow/17532017.cms

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Arab World

 

Charter enshrining Sharia at core of Egypt crisis

By MAGGIE MICHAEL and LEE KEATH

December 8, 2012

CAIRO (AP) — One of Egypt's most prominent ultraconservative Muslim clerics had high praise for the country's draft constitution. Speaking to fellow clerics, he said this was the charter they had long wanted, ensuring that laws and rights would be strictly subordinated to Islamic law.

"This constitution has more complete restraints on rights than ever existed before in any Egyptian constitution," Sheik Yasser Borhami assured the clerics. "This will not be a democracy that can allow what God forbids or forbid what God allows."

Full report at: Copyright © 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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Al Ahmadiya School in Dubai: A fortress of knowledge

By Shafaat Shahbandari

December 8, 2012

Dubai: Slowly as the first streak of sunlight makes its way on the horizon, a rowing abra occupied by eager knowledge seekers begins its voyage across the creek, creating ripples that would soon grow into waves of change.

Over the centuries, many human beings have made life-changing journeys in search of knowledge, leading to major discoveries, revolutions and inventions. Though small in distance, the voyage across the creek of Dubai in search of knowledge by a few humble souls was no less important, it was in fact epoch-making for the emirate.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/education/al-ahmadiya-school-a-fortress-of-knowledge-1.1115728

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Syrian Rebels Create New Unified Military Command

December 8, 2012

BEIRUT (AP) — A senior official with the rebel Free Syrian Army says commanders from all over the country have elected a new Supreme Military Council and a chief of staff.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to reveal the meeting's outcome, says the move is similar to last month's conference in Qatar that unified political groups.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/12/08/world/middleeast/ap-ml-syria.html?ref=middleeast&_r=0

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Egypt's President Morsi to allow military to arrest civilians: Al-Ahram daily

8 Dec 2012

A decree authorising the armed forces to arrest civilians — a right previously reserved for police officers alone — will soon be issued by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, reported state-owned Al-Ahram daily Friday.

The decree would be in effect until a constitution is approved and parliamentary elections finalised, and would cover other circumstances in which the president requests the army's interference.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/60034/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-President-Morsi-to-allow-military-to-arrest.aspx

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Saudi Official: Gulf Cannot 'Tolerate' Unrest

December 8, 2012

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — A senior Saudi official says Gulf Arab states must quash any Arab Spring-inspired unrest or risk threats to their leadership across the oil-rich region.

The comments by Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah, the Saudi deputy foreign minister, echo calls by Gulf authorities to widen crackdowns on perceived opposition such as rights activists and Islamist factions.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/12/08/world/middleeast/ap-ml-bahrain-security-summit.html?hp&gwh=3360BD6637DCF9657A0E0D8D4CA3CA5E

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UAE authorities 'detain 18-year-old blogger'

 December 08, 2012

An 18-year-old blogger has been arrested in the United Arab Emirates, human rights activists say.

Mohammed Salem al-Zumer was reportedly detained by state security officers in the emirate of Sharjah on Wednesday and taken to an unknown destination.

He was said to have posted comments online supporting detained activists.

Last month, the UAE tightened its law on internet use, making it an offence to deride or damage the state or its institutions and organise protests.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20644968

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Climate talks on the brink of collapse in Doha

Dec 8, 2012

DOHA: Climate talks reached the brink of collapse at Doha on Saturday morning with the US and other developed countries asking for a deletion of substantial portions of the text from an on-going negotiating track, called the Long Term Cooperative Action. This effectively dragged the climate talks to exactly where they stood on day one.

After eleven days of negotiations that comprised of several overnight sessions as well in a closed door meeting with the two ministers from Germany and Singapore (put on charge to resolve outstanding issues), US asked that the twelve paragraphs, each of them about concerns of the developing world, be cleansed of any words of substance in the document that the gathered 194 countries are expected to sign.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Climate-talks-on-the-brink-of-collapse-in-Doha/articleshow/17528896.cms

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3 weeks on, Egypt fire refuses to die down

Dec 8, 2012

CAIRO: Egypt's political crisis spiralled deeper into bitterness and recrimination on Friday as Islamist backers of the president vowed vengeance at a funeral for two men killed in bloody clashes earlier this week and large crowds of the president's opponents marched on his palace to increase pressure after he rejected their demands.

The two camps in the country's divide appeared at a deadlock, after President Mohamed Morsi gave a fiery televised speech on Thursday night denouncing his opponents and refusing to call off a referendum on a draft constitution promulgated by his allies, even as he appealed for dialogue. The opposition rejected talks, saying he must first cancel the referendum and meet other demands.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/3-weeks-on-Egypt-fire-refuses-to-die-down/articleshow/17527962.cms

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Morsy opponents camp at presidential palace ahead of dialogue talks

 December 08, 2012

Egyptian protesters have begun a protest outside the presidential palace, hours before talks called by President Mohamed Morsy, to defuse a crisis brought on by his decree granting himself sweeping powers, reported state television on Saturday.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/morsy-opponents-camp-at-presidential-palace-ahead-of-dialogue-talks/article4178178.ece

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Egypt delays early voting on new constitution

Dec 8, 2012

CAIRO: Egypt postponed early voting on a contentious draft constitution, and aides to President Mohammed Morsi floated the possibility of canceling the whole referendum in the first signs on Friday that the Islamic leader is finally yielding to days of protests and deadly street clashes.

Tens of thousands marched on the presidential palace after pushing past barbed wire fences installed by the army and calling for Morsi to step down. Thousands also camped out in Tahrir Square, birthplace of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

 Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egypt-delays-early-voting-on-new-constitution/articleshow/17530724.cms

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Egypt: Army warns it will not allow 'dark tunnel'

 December 08, 2012

The army in Egypt has called for dialogue to resolve a crisis over President Mohammed Morsi's new powers, warning it will intervene to stop Egypt going into "a dark tunnel".

In its first statement since protests erupted, it vowed to protect public institutions and innocent people.

It came as protests continued outside the presidential palace in Cairo.

The opposition has rejected his call for talks, unless he gives up powers and halts a constitutional referendum.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20651896

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Ex-MP Mohamed Abou Hamed, accuses Muslim Brotherhood of assaulting him

 8 Dec 2012

Former parliamentarian Mohamed Abou Hamed filed a report Friday accusing President Mohamed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and several Salafist preachers of inciting violence against him.

"Badie and his people are the ones who attacked me, they are supporters of the president," said Abou Hamed, who is widely known for his critical stance on the Muslim Brotherhood, in a video showing his face bruised and cut and his head wrapped with bandages.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/60043/Egypt/Politics-/ExMP-accuses-Muslim-Brotherhood-of-assaulting-him-.aspx

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Egypt military warns of 'disastrous consequences'

Dec 8, 2012

CAIRO: Egypt's military warned on Saturday of 'disastrous consequences' if the crisis that sent tens of thousands of protesters back into the streets is not resolved, signaling the army's return to an increasingly polarized and violent political scene.

The military said serious dialogue is the "best and only" way to overcome the nation's deepening conflict over a disputed draft constitution hurriedly adopted by Islamist allies of President Mohamed Morsi, and recent decrees granting himself near-absolute powers.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egypt-military-warns-of-disastrous-consequences/articleshow/17533947.cms

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Egyptians must disown violence: Brotherhood leader

Dec 8, 2012

CAIRO: The spiritual leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is urging Egyptians to disown violence, saying that working through the ballot box is the best way to lift the country out of its current political crisis.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egyptians-must-disown-violence-Brotherhood-leader/articleshow/17534661.cms

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Europe

 

Chechnya to build mosque to accommodate 10,000 people, in honour of President

By Katerina Nikolas

Dec 7, 2012

Shali - Chechnya has announced plans to build a new mosque to accommodate 10,000 people, in honour of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov. The mosque will be built in Shali and is expected to take three years to complete.

Chechnya's new mosque will bear the president's name in honour of his services to Islam, en.rian reported. Khozh-Akhmad Kadyrov, head of Chechnya’s council of religious scholars issued a press release stating:

“New mosques, madrasas, and Hafiz schools are going up all the time here. All state buildings have prayer rooms. That is a result of the efforts of our leader Ramzan Kadyrov. Chechnya has created the conditions and secured the freedom to study and confess Islam."

Full report at:

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/338539#ixzz2ES7iwQLP

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UK's Hague confirms 'evidence' of Syria chemical arms plans

 December 08, 2012

British Foreign Secretary William Hague says the UK and the US have seen evidence that Syria is preparing to use chemical weapons.

Mr Hague told the BBC there was "enough evidence to know that they need a warning".

The foreign secretary did not give details, as he said the evidence had come from "intelligence sources".

A Syrian official insisted last week that it would "never, under any circumstances" use such weapons.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20650582

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Lawsuit targets French paper over naked Mohammed cartoons

December 07, 2012

Two French Muslim groups have filed a lawsuit for inciting racial hatred and slander against a French satirical weekly that published cartoons of a naked Prophet Mohammed, the paper's lawyer said Friday. Charlie Hebdo published the cartoons in September as often violent -- and sometimes deadly -- protests were taking place in several countries over a low-budget film made in the United States that insults the prophet.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Europe/Lawsuit-targets-French-paper-over-naked-Mohammed-cartoons/Article1-969801.aspx

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Mosque Rejection Saddens UK Muslims

06 December 2012

CAIRO – Plans to build a mega mosque near the Olympic site in East London have been rejected, to the disappointment of the Muslim community in Britain.

"We are extremely let down,” community leader Ala Uddin Ahmed told the BBC News Online.

“We think it is unjust because of the demand of the local people and the Muslim community."

Newham Council late Wednesday, December 5, voted unanimously to reject plans by the Tablighi Jamaat group to build a 12,000-capacity mosque in East London.

The council argued that the mosque was too big that would generate traffic jams and cause contamination.

Full report at:

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/europe/460327-olympic-mosque-rejection-saddens-uk-muslims.html

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Muslim Partnership Helps UK Child Aid

07 December 2012

LONDON – Avoiding cultural sensitivities, a leading children aid association in London has changed its protocol to cope with the Muslim community, turning into a role model for British foster care.

“This is good social work practice,” Jane Fitzgerald, executive director of Children’s Aid Society of London and Middlesex, told The London Free Press on Thursday, December 6.

“We are doing what we aspire to be doing, every day.”

Full report at:

http://www.onislam.net/english/news/europe/460338-muslim-partnership-helps-uk-child-aid.html

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More than 63,000 Syrian refugees in Iraq: UN

December 08, 2012

BAGHDAD: More than 63,000 Syrian refugees have fled the bloody conflict in their home country for neighbouring Iraq, according to figures released by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees on Saturday.

The intense fighting between forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and rebels battling to overthrow him has sparked a huge exodus of Syrians to neighbouring countries.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Dec-08/197741-more-than-63000-syrian-refugees-in-iraq-un.ashx#ixzz2ES9oca7q

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U.N. Rights Chief Cites ‘Disastrous’ Situation in Egypt

By NICK CUMMING-BRUCE

 December 08, 2012

GENEVA — Navi Pillay, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, expressed alarm on Friday at the rising casualty toll in Egypt’s deepening political turmoil and said flaws in the substance of its draft constitution and the process of preparing it were a major cause of the “disastrous situation” unfolding there that has resulted in at least six deaths.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/08/world/middleeast/un-rights-chief-cites-disastrous-situation-in-egypt.html?ref=middleeast

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Pakistan

 

'US drone attack kills al Qaeda commander Abu Zaid with 10 other people in Pak'

December 08, 2012

Tribal sources from Pakistan's northwest said on Saturday a US drone attack had killed a senior al Qaeda commander in the latest blow to the militant Islamist group that has been targeted in many similar attacks.

Abu Zaid was killed, along with 10 other people, in the drone strike on a hideout in Pakistan's North Waziristan, one of the tribal regions near the border with Afghanistan, early on Thursday, the sources said. Zaid had just moved to the hideout a few days ago, they said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/US-drone-attack-kills-al-Qaeda-commander-in-Pak/Article1-970119.aspx

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NGO gets scholars on board to help teenage boys learn about growing up

December 8, 2012

KARACHI: It can be quite confusing for children entering their teenage years to wrap their heads around the physical changes that come with it. Though many believe that Islam forbids teaching them about ‘growing up’, some experts would argue this is simply untrue.

At a press conference organised by the NGO LifeLine, the views of prominent Islamic scholars, including Maulana Mufti Naeem, Maulana Ragib Naeemi and Maulana Aftab Hussain Jawadi, about the issue were presented. Despite belonging to different sects, all of them had reached a consensus on the issue.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/476762/ngo-gets-scholars-on-board-to-help-teenage-boys-learn-about-growing-up/

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Unregistered seminaries face closure in Upper Dir

December 8, 2012

UPPER DIR: A jirga held in Upper Dir announced on Friday that all unregistered seminaries in the district would be shut down from December 31 and directed all such unlicensed institutions to get their paperwork in order before that.

The jirga was held in the security forces’ headquarters to discuss issues faced by locals, with security officials, DCO and DPO Upper Dir, elders, political leaders in attendance.

Talking to The Express Tribune, DCO Muhammad Ali Shah said that the jirga was held to discuss how to facilitate the residents of the district and restore harmony.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/476860/restoring-harmony-unregistered-seminaries-face-closure-in-upper-dir/

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President Zardari visits Malala in Birmingham hospital

 December 08, 2012

KARACHI: President Asif Ali Zardari accompanied by one of his daughters, Aseefa Bhutto Zardari, on Saturday visited Malala Yousufzai at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital where the teenage activist is undergoing treatment, DawnNews reported.

The president said the people of Pakistan were proud of Malala and her bravery for not succumbing to terrorist threats.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/08/president-zardari-visits-malala-in-birmingham-hospital/

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Abbottabad Commission completes probe report on Osama killing

 December 08, 2012

KARACHI: The Abbottabad Commission has completed its report on the covert US military operation that led to the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011, DawnNews reported.

The commission is expected to submit the 700-page report to the government during this month.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/08/abbottabad-commission-completes-report-on-osama-killing/

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Army appellate court upholds convictions of GHQ attackers

 December 8, 2012

The Army appellate court on Friday rejected appeals of all seven men previously convicted in GHQ attack case, Exrpess News reported.

Earlier in a verdict delivered via a field general court martial on August 11, 2011, army sepoy Aqeel alias Dr Usman was sentenced to death, while another personnel Imran Siddiq was awarded life imprisonment. A fine of Rs 200,000 and Rs100,000 had been imposed on the two, respectively.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/476742/army-appellate-court-upholds-convictions-of-ghq-attackers/

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Journalists threatened for reporting rape case

 December 8, 2012

HYDERABAD: Journalists in Umerkot, including Daily Sindh Express reporter Mushtaq Kunbhar, have received threatening calls for reporting the rape of a six-year-old girl in Meghwadh colony in Umerkot.

Kunbhar was physically assaulted on Friday for reporting a particular name.

The incident took place on December 2 in Meghwadh colony when the girl, V, went missing for about an hour while playing in the street outside her house. She was found bleeding and unconscious on the same street later. Although V was not able to identify the man who took her away, the police used sniffer dogs to reach the site of the incident.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/476761/under-attack-journalists-threatened-for-reporting-rape-case/

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US special envoy discusses Taliban prisoners’ release

December 8, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and the United States have agreed to expedite efforts seeking a peace deal with the Afghan Taliban before foreign forces leave the country by 2014.

During talks between Acting US Special Representative for the region David Pearce and senior Pakistani officials, the two sides decided to convene a meeting of the ‘core group’ to review progress in the Afghan reconciliation process, a foreign ministry official told The Express Tribune.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/476859/afghan-reconciliation-process-us-special-envoy-discusses-taliban-prisoners-release/

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Mehsud tribesmen exit deadline extended till Dec 15

 December 8, 2012

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: Tribesmen loyal to Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commander Mullah Nazeer have extended by 10 days the December 5 deadline for Mehsud tribesmen to leave Wana. The extension follows a jirga meeting of the tribal elders of the Ahmadzai tribe and Mullah Nazeer’s group.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/476844/leaving-wana-mehsud-exit-deadline-extended-till-dec-15/

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Pak army bosses to continue Afghan 'reconciliation' work

Dec 08 2012, 15:16 hrs

Islamabad : Pakistan's top army commanders have decided to continue backing efforts for reconciliation in Afghanistan as Islamabad would be the "main beneficiary" of peace in the neighbouring country, according to a media report today.

The military top brass expressed satisfied with the outcome of steps taken by Pakistan to help reconciliation in Afghanistan and endorsed continuing support for the process during a meeting chaired yesterday by army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-army-bosses-to-continue-afghan-reconciliation-work/1042342/

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North America

 

Internet Governance Talks In Jeopardy as Arab States, Russia Ally

 December 08, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO | Fri Dec 7, 2012 - A landmark attempt to set global rules for overseeing the Internet threatened to fall apart on Friday as a rift pitting the United States and some Western countries against the rest of the world widened, participants in the talks said.

A 12-day conference of the International Telecommunications Union, taking place in Dubai, is supposed to result in the adoption of a new international treaty governing trans-border communications.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/08/internet-governance-talks-in-jeopardy-as-arab-states-russia-ally/

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Shias in New York protest against 'genocide' in Pakistan

December 8, 2012

NEW YORK,: More than 1,000 Shias marched in the streets of New York on Friday to voice their anger at the Pakistani government and the Taliban for what they called a “genocide” in their community.

“This demonstration is to condemn the violence of the Taliban, al Qaeda and all these extremists in Islam,” said one 21-year-old US protester of Pakistani descent, who would only give his name as Komal.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/476962/shias-in-new-york-protest-against-genocide-in-pakistan/

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Hillary to testify on Benghazi attack

 December 08, 2012

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify before a key Congressional committee on the deadly attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi in which the US Ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were killed.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/hillary-to-testify-on-benghazi-attack/article4177828.ece

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US wants Pakistan to solve its problems

Anwar Iqbal

 December 08, 2012

WASHINGTON: The outgoing US special representative Marc Grossman has assured the Pakistanis that the United States wanted to help them solve the challenges they faced rather than telling them what to do.

“I am sure that the Pakistanis will solve their own challenges in their own way. And the United States of America is proud to support that effort,” said Mr Grossman while addressing a farewell reception at the residence of Ambassador Sherry Rehman.

The United States, he said, wanted a broad-based relationship, focusing on people-to-people contact and promoting trade and development.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/08/us-wants-pakistan-to-solve-its-problems/

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Egypt nabs terror suspect linked to Benghazi attack: WSJ

December 08, 2012

WASHINGTON: Egyptian authorities have detained a suspected terror network ringleader whose operatives are believed to have carried out a deadly attack on a US mission in Libya, a report said Friday.

Muhammad Jamal Abu Ahmad -- a former member of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad, who was freed from prison in March 2011 following the ouster of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak -- was captured in the past week, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed US officials.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2012/Dec-08/197714-egypt-nabs-terror-suspect-linked-to-benghazi-attack-wsj.ashx#ixzz2ES9huGab

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Southeast Asia

 

Indonesian Maid Escapes Malaysian Employer After Allegedly Forced to Eat Pork

December 08, 2012

An Indonesian maid in Malaysia escaped from her employer’s house on Friday after she was allegedly forced to go against her Islamic beliefs and eat pork.

The maid, Sri Purwanti, said she had to cook pork for her employer almost every day and was also prohibited from performing the five prayers a day mandated in Islam.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/indonesian-maid-escapes-malaysian-employer-after-allegedly-forced-to-eat-pork/560493

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Former JI and NII jihadist now wages a campaign for peace

By Zahara Tiba for Khabar Southeast Asia in Jakarta

December 08, 2012

Dogged by suspicion and financial hardship, a former JI and NII member now supports de-radicalisation efforts in Indonesia.

The day Ahmad Sajuli left his family, house, and country to wage jihad in Afghanistan is the day he will probably regret all his life, not just because he has to deal with financial hardship, but also because he has to face the stigma of being labelled a terrorist.

Full report at:

http://khabarsoutheastasia.com/en_GB/articles/apwi/articles/features/2012/12/08/feature-02

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South Asia

 

200 teens have been detained in Afghan war: US

Dec 8, 2012

NEW YORK: The US military has detained more than 200 Afghan teenagers who were captured in the war for about a year at a time at a military prison next to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, the United States has told the United Nations.

The US state department characterized the detainees held since 2008 as "enemy combatants" in a report sent every four years to the United Nations in Geneva updating US compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The US military had held them "to prevent a combatant from returning to the battlefield," the report said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/200-teens-have-been-detained-in-Afghan-war-US/articleshow/17534108.cms

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Attack on Afghan intelligence chief planned in Pakistan: Karzai

Dec 8, 2012

KABUL: Afghan President Hamid Karzai said on Saturday that a suicide bombing attack that wounded his intelligence chief was planned in the Pakistani city of Quetta.

Karzai stopped short of blaming Pakistan. But he told a news conference he would raise the issue with Pakistan.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Attack-on-Afghan-intelligence-chief-planned-in-Pakistan-Karzai/articleshow/17532112.cms

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400 Chinese govt sites hacked by Pak groups

 Dec 8, 2012

BEIJING: A group of Pakistani hackers are giving sleepless nights to hundreds of agencies and provincial governments in China by defacing their websites. Anti-hacking agencies and sites like PasteBin and the Pakistani media have reported that over 400 Chinese government sites have been attacked by Pakistani groups.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/china/400-Chinese-govt-sites-hacked-by-Pak-groups/articleshow/17527986.cms

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Airport handover 'seamless': Maldives government

December 08, 2012

The Maldivian government on Saturday described as "seamless" the retaking of the country's international airport from a country developer following a bitter row that triggered a spat with its neighbour.

The government of President Mohamed Waheed last week decided to revoke a

25-year lease of the airport in the capital Male, asking infrastructure company GMR to quit by midnight on Friday (1900 GMT), two years after it took over.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Maldives/Airport-handover-seamless-Maldives-government/Article1-970139.aspx

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Africa

 

DR Congo rebels, troops accused of killing, rape rampage

December 08, 2012  

UNITED NATIONS: Rebels and government troops raped and killed civilians and looted towns during battles in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last month with children suffering dramatically, the UN said.

The United Nations said on Friday that UN investigators had confirmed that M23 rebels and troops had committed serious abuses in their battle for control of mineral-rich North Kivu province and its capital Goma.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/International/2012/Dec-08/197726-dr-congo-rebels-troops-accused-of-killing-rape-rampage.ashx#ixzz2ES9y21A9

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Nairobi mosque blast toll rises to five: police

December 08, 2012

NAIROBI: Two more people died of their wounds Saturday following a grenade attack near a Nairobi mosque, bringing the toll to five and heightening security concerns three months before Kenya goes to the polls.

"Two more people have died in hospital, the death toll is now five," Nairobi Police Chief Moses Nyakwama told AFP, updating an earlier toll of three.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/International/2012/Dec-08/197719-nairobi-mosque-blast-toll-rises-to-five-police.ashx#ixzz2ES9ssUqW

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Mideast Asia

 

 

Yemen foils prison break by 25 Qaeda convicts

 7 Dec 2012

Yemeni guards foiled an attempted prison break by 25 Al-Qaeda convicts on Friday, some of them some considered as high risk, a security official said. "The guards from Aden central prison foiled an escape attempt with the discovery of an eight metre (yard) long tunnel dug by the 25 detainees," the official told AFP.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/59995/World/Region/Yemen-foils-prison-break-by--Qaeda-convicts.aspx

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Thousands gather in Gaza for Hamas rally and Meshaal speech

Adel Zaanoun | December 08, 2012

Tens of thousands of Palestinians massed in Gaza on Saturday for a rally marking the 25th anniversary of Hamas to be addressed by the ruling Islamist movement's leader in exile.

Politburo chief Khaled Meshaal, who arrived from Egypt on Friday, was on his first ever visit to Gaza and his first to the Palestinian territories since 1975.

The celebrations come just over two weeks after an Egyptian-brokered truce ended eight days of bloodshed with Israel which left 174 Palestinians dead.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/afp/gazans-mass-for-hamas-anniversary/560522

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Are settlements in Israel major obstacle to peace?

Yashwant Raj, Hindustan Times

December 08, 2012

The aroma of Shabbat cooking filled the house. The cookies on the table looked a poor substitute. But nothing else was on offer. Just then the family dog came skidding in. “Barb,” Bob Lang said, the tone just perfect, not too harsh, not too soft. Barbara, his wife, quickly let the dog out into the backyard.

Lang heads the religious council of Efrat, a Jewish settlement established in Israeli occupied territory of West Bank in 1983.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/Are-settlements-in-Israel-major-obstacle-to-peace/Article1-970035.aspx

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Iranian Warships' Visit Risks Straining Sudan-Gulf Ties

December 8, 2012

PORT SUDAN, Sudan (Reuters) - A second visit by Iranian warships to Sudan in little over a month risks widening divisions inside the African country's government and upsetting its Gulf Arab donors.

Two Iranian navy ships also visited in October, days after Sudan accused Israel of bombing a weapons factory in the capital Khartoum. Israel declined to comment on the alleged attack but has accused Sudan of smuggling weapons to the Gaza Strip, which is ruled by the Iranian-allied Palestinian movement Hamas.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/12/08/world/middleeast/08reuters-sudan-

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Poison found on late Turkey president not lethal: press

8 Dec 2012

After presidential reports of a suspicious death, belated autopsy of Turkey president reveals that poison amounts are not lethal

The traces of poison found in an autopsy on the exhumed remains of Turkish president Turgut Ozal, who died in office in 1993, were too minute to be lethal, the pro-government daily Sabah reported Saturday.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/60058/World/Region/Poison-found-on-late-Turkey-president-not-lethal-p.aspx

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