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Reverend Tells Christians Terrorists Are Not Religious

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Southeast Asia

Reverend Tells Christians Terrorists Are Not Religious

East Java Shia ask UN commissioner for help after mass conversion forced by Sunni clerics

Indonesian Government dismisses ‘incidental’ religious violence

Malaysia hailed as role model for early childhood education

 

India

Savita Halappanavar's horrendous death can't be 'compensated': India

Hamas rocket kills Delhi rabbi’s wife

UP govt uses police to bring Shia leaders for talks

Globetrotting Shia clerics in demand for Muharram sermons

Govt with absolute majority not good for Muslims: Shahi Imam

Post-Mumbai attack, sense of 'hurt' prevents PM’s visit to Pakistan: India

With love from Pak for Punjab politicians: Rare breed animals

Punjab-based paper maker to appoint distributors in Lahore

Savita’s death a wake-up call: Irish senator

‘Savita held my hand as she died in agony’: A distraught husband

Terrorists using Karachi bourse?

Kokrajhar toll rises to six, Army called in

Hizb militants attack liquor shop in Srinagar

Anees Ibrahim pumped fake currency into India: NIA

Ex-Kerala SIMI chief held

 

North America

Pentagon Says 75,000 Troops Might Be Needed to Seize Syria Chemical Arms

US lists senior Taliban leader Mullah Naim Barich, as drug trafficker

US lawmaker backs Congressional Gold Medal for Malala

With top brass under scrutiny, Pentagon chief orders ethics review

No evidence Pakistan knew Osama bin Laden's location: US

Indo-Pak ties critical to regional stability: Dunford

C.I.A. Investigates Petraeus Affair as Lawmakers Press Libya Attack Inquiry

 

Africa

Sudan religious groups meet under Arab Spring pressure

Nigeria Army Says, Killed Top Boko Haram Islamist Commander

DR Congo clashes: '150 M23 rebels killed' near Goma

 

Pakistan

Pakistan to consider releasing Mullah Baradar, the former Taliban number two

Illegal immigrants: 10,000 foreigners expelled from Balochistan, NA told

Police arrest 2 Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Mehsud group members

Bihar CM is a socialist while I’m an Islamic socialist, says Punjab CM

79 arrested over marriage act violation in Rawalpindi

Pakistani Lawyer Beaten After Taking on Army Chief

Christian boy accused of sending blasphemous texts still in hiding

Pakistan assures India of ‘justice’ in 26/11 case

Now, Pak court stops renaming of roundabout after Bhagat Singh

Mobile phone services suspended in Karachi and Quetta

Balochistan unrest: Bomb blast in Zhob kills two FC personnel

Pak assures access to voice samples, Bill before House

If you can't, let Laloo Prasad Yadav run the railways: Pak lawmaker to govt

Pakistan to lift ban on YouTube

 

Arab World

Egyptian PM urges world to stop Israel 'aggression' on Gaza

Bahraini Forces Firing Peaceful Protesters with Poisonous Tear Gas

Saudi Arabia distanced itself from the killer’s clerical links

Emirati Rapist student awarded life imprisonment

Egypt Sends Prime Minister to Gaza in Show of Solidarity

Human Rights Association praises children right’s Law of Dubai

Protests in Jordan Continue, With Calls for Ending the King’s Rule

War-weary Syrian children seek solace in cultural activities

Cultural Resources gears up for campaign to save Egyptian culture

 

South Asia

Suu Kyi on same page with junta over Rohingyas’

Warlords look to make a comeback in Afghanistan

Relations with Pakistan to stay unchanged, says China

Afghan family confirms release of Taliban leader by Pakistan

Bangladeshi Man gets 60 years in jail for abduction, rape

Rebel assault in Mryanmar ahead of Obama visit

Hard choices as Afghanistan seeks to exploit mineral riches

Relentless Afghan conflict leaves traumatised generation

 

Mideast Asia

Israel agrees to Gaza truce for Egypt PM’s visit: spokesman

Israel strikes 'kill 2 in Gaza' as Egypt PM visits

Iran-made Fajr-5 missile may have targeted Tel Aviv

Bolder Hamas Tests Alliances in a Shifting Arab World

Turks Grant Recognition to Coalition of Syrians

Israel and Hamas battle on social media as well

Israel army tweets Gaza strike live

Israel presses Gaza assault as rocket panics Tel Aviv

War threat looms over Gaza as Hamas, Israeli forces trade fire

Israel steps up Gaza assault

 

Europe

'Malicious Blasphemy' charges filed over gay Jesus play in Greece

Russia charges nine with membership of Hizbut Tahrir

Syria conflict: Opposition leaders 'credible' says Hague

Salman Rushdie was a great wit and flirt: ex-wife Padma Lakshmi

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Southeast Asia

 

Reverend Tells Christians Terrorists Are Not Religious

Bagus BT Saragih and Ruslan Sangadji

November 14 2012

Rev. Rinaldy Damanik remains a respected Christian leader in Poso, despite his conviction for firearms possession in 2003. The former leader of the Central Sulawesi Christian Church (GKST) set up a crisis centre to assist victims of the sectarian conflicts in the regency between 1998 and 2001. When The Jakarta Post interviewed him at his home in Christian-dominated Tentena, south of Poso city, last week, Damanik paused to look at a flock of white birds flying over nearby Lake Poso: “Look, the white warriors are passing through the red area peacefully without any resistance. That natural phenomenon is a symbol of peace in Poso.” In the past, “white” referred to Muslims and “red” to Christian. Here are excerpts of the Post’s interview with the reverend.

Question: What’s your response to the recent series of terrorism-related incidents in Poso?

Answer: Almost all the recent terrorism-related incidents — including those outside Poso, such as the bomber in Depok (West Java), were labeled “linked to Poso groups” by the police. I was quick to anticipate this by telling my fellow Christians that the perpetrators of the terrorist acts were not really (motivated) due to religion. I was concerned that the religious nuance brought by the police operations would bring back memories of the past bloody sectarian conflict of the youths who had lost their loved ones during the conflicts.

Were Christians provoked following some of these incidents?

I thank God that they were not provoked and that they are still willing to listen to us. Indeed, some reacted following the shooting of a Christian in Sepe and the burning of a church in Madale recently. They verbally condemned the police, who have so far failed to uncover the incidents. But to me such actions are still normal. Even the police were furious after two police officers were found dead in Tamanjeka. That’s why the police became reckless in some of their recent operations.

Do recent incidents and police crackdowns have any potential of reviving sectarian conflicts?

It is very unlikely because the people of Poso are already tired of conflict. But we must remain alert and vigilant. The situation can worsen due to the “invisible hands” who orchestrated the tensions for certain agenda. Poso has enjoyed relative peace for a while, but until when will it last? The key will rely on how quick and how well law enforcement is conducted and how policies to resolve the incidents are carried out by those in power. Remember why some communal clashes still occurred after the Malino accord was signed in 2001? It was because our resolution was not enough, so that stakeholders still felt unfairness and discriminated against.

Is this about how the government and the security apparatus handled it?

Yes. The police, for example, must be careful in making statements ... because this issue still has the potential to trigger psychological effects here in Poso. I neither see good communication between security officers and the local community. This kind of communication could ease tensions and prevent backlash. Look at the incident following the police raid that killed a civilian. The uproar erupted because locals questioned police methods of law enforcement, which they said had also resulted in innocent victims.

What about the so-called government deradicalization program?

I want to criticize the way the local administration delivered assistance for former combatants and conflict victims under its deradicalization program. A lack of transparency, unfairness and a lack of accountability can instead reradicalize people. I also object to the way the police summoned Islamic and Christian figures in their attempts to address communal conflicts. Not every matter in Poso has something to do with religion.

The way the police have approached problems has dragged non-religious issues into religious problems is potentially dangerous — and is perceived as so by the greater public.

All the people of Poso people today wear the same uniform: Poso, not Muslim or Christian. Religious labels in daily activities have largely not been used, to eliminate such a counterproductive religious dichotomy.

On our way here to Tentena, we saw the rubble of the Walisongo Islamic school, which was destroyed in 2001 in a clash that led to hundreds of deaths.

I have filed a protest with the regency administration since a long time ago about the presence of the ruined mosque and pesantren. Doesn’t the government realize that it can be perceived as a monument that will remind any passersby that there were once massive killings on the site?

It is not helpful in the efforts to resolve the past sectarian conflicts. Other rubble from the previous conflicts also still exists in other places in Poso. I am urging the authorities to renovate the ruined buildings and utilize them for

communal activities.

How can people improve their alertness against potential conflict?

I told a church congregation recently not to be quickly suspicious of people wearing pants above the ankles or burqas. Why? Because their identities are clear. Instead you should be suspicious of those who look similar to us because they might be infiltrators.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/11/14/reverend-tells-christians-terrorists-are-not-religious.html

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East Java Shia ask UN commissioner for help after mass conversion forced by Sunni clerics

Margareth S. Aritonang

November 13 2012

Members of the Shia community from Sampang, Madura, East Java, who have suffered religious persecution, called on the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights Navanethem Pillay to address their plight — including the latest mass religious conversion that had been forced upon them by Sunni clerics.

Umi Kulsum, the wife of Shiite leader Tajul Muluk who was sent to jail for blasphemy in July, is among vocal Shiite who have urged Pillay to put pressure on the Indonesian government to comply with universal human rights standards.

“It’s been three months since they torched our homes and forced us to live in uncertainty. Not only has the government done nothing to restore our rights, it has even assisted the majority Sunni community to force us to convert to their faith — so that they won’t attack us in the future!” Umi said in a press briefing arranged by the Human Rights Working Group’s (HRWG) headquarters in Central Jakarta on Monday.

Umi and representatives from Sampang’s Shia community, members of the Taman Yasmin Indonesian Christian Church (GKI), members of Filadelfia Church from Bekasi and members of the Ahmadiyah community held a meeting with Pillay on Sunday to air their grievances.

Umi said that several Sunni leaders in Sampang, East Java, continued to intimidate members of the Shia community who are currently taking shelter at a local sports stadium. The displaced Shia took refuge in the stadium after their compound was attacked in August. Two people died in the incident and dozens of homes were destroyed.

“Backed by government officials, these kyais [religious leaders] put pressure on us to convert to Sunni otherwise they would not allow my family and I to return to our village,” Umi said.

Umi said that she and some of her fellow Shia followers would not submit to the pressure.

“Please, let us freely practice our faith,” she said, holding back tears.

The Surabaya office of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) previously reported that 26 Shiites from nine families were forced to sign an agreement to convert to Sunni on Nov. 1. According to Umi, the 26 individuals finally gave up their faith because of threats of murder.

Contacted separately, Kontras Surabaya coordinator Andy Irfan said that converting to Sunni was the primary condition before the Shiites were allowed to return to their home village.

Andy said that the Sunni majority could not impose their will unless they won backing from the local

government.

“The majority does not have the courage to impose on their will on the minority unless they have the go-ahead from the local government to do so,” he said.

Chairman of Sampang’s Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Buchori Maksum denied the allegation of forced conversion.

“It’s not true that the ulama in Sampang have forced the Shiites to convert to Sunni. The Shiites converted to Sunni of their own choice because they have realized that Sunni is the true teaching of Islam. They have found the true path,” Buchori told the Post.

Buchori also denied allegations that local Sunni clerics made efforts to bar the Shiite refugees from returning to their home village.

“I tell you that the MUI or local religious leaders never prohibited the Shiites from returning to their village. It’s the locals who have not allowed them to do so. I can understand their [actions],” he said.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/11/13/sampang-shia-ask-un-commissioner-help.html

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Indonesian Government dismisses ‘incidental’ religious violence

Margareth S. Aritonang

November 16 2012

A minister is rejecting claims made by the United Nations high commissioner on human rights that the government has done little to stop religious violence in the nation.

Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsudin claimed that the government had indeed taken measures to ensure that all citizens, regardless of their religion, could practice their faith freely.

Amir described the violent attacks directed at religious minorities as relatively minor problems for a populous nation that was too much for the government to manage.

“There might be places where attacks on certain minority groups occurred. However, they are incidental,” Amir told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.

“Indonesia has a population of over 240 million who are spread over a vast area. We have too many people to deal with,” according to the minister.

Amir said that the government had not received adequate recognition of its protection of minority groups, placing the blame with the media.

“We’re always misunderstood. We, for example, have always given protection to members of the Taman Yasmin Christian Church [GKI] to prevent them from being attacked,” Amir said.

However, Amir told only half the story: While the police protect the congregation as it holds religious services at an alternate site, the central government has failed to challenge Bogor Mayor Diani Budiarto, who has defied court orders to open the congregation’s original church.

Amir offered a similar defense of the government in the case of majority Muslim attacks against the minority Shia community in Sampang, East Java, that killed two.

“We have also done the same in Sampang, when we moved the Shia to a shelter in order to protect them from future attacks. However, people consider these attempts as a restriction of the freedom of the minority groups,” he said.

Amir said that he had made this clear to United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights Navanethem Pillay when the pair met earlier this week. “I have explained this to Ibu Pillay with a hope that she can understand the context of what really happened,” he added.

The UN commissioner, who met with victims of religious persecution in Indonesia, said that she was “distressed to hear accounts of violence, attacks, forced disappearances and other discrimination and harassment, as well as the police’s failure to provide protection”.

Among those whom the commissioner met was Ummi Kulsum, the wife of Sampang Shia leader Tajul Muluk. Tajul was convicted and imprisoned for blasphemy immediately after Sunni Mulsims burned his community to the ground.

The wheels of justice have spun slower for the Sunni Muslims who instigated the attacks. Their trials started only last week.

Ummi told the commissioner that the Shia who took shelter in a local sports center in Sampang after the attack remained under threat from Sunni Muslims who want to forcibly convert them.

Pillay also met with representatives from the GKI Taman Yasmin, the Filadelfia Church from Bekasi and members of the Ahmadiyah community.

The commissioner told the Post that she received no clear answers from Indonesian government officials on their efforts to aid the persecuted.

Pillay said that she urged the government to amend or repeal laws used to discriminate against religious minorities, including the 1965 Blasphemy Law, ministerial decrees on building houses of worship and religious harmony and the 2008 joint ministerial decree on Ahmadiyah.

Amir said he welcomed Pillay’s recommendations. “We appreciate her advice. She is a credible person in a position to give advice on human rights”, he said.

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/11/16/government-dismisses-incidental-religious-violence.html

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Malaysia hailed as role model for early childhood education

November 16, 2012

DOHA: Malaysia can be a role model for much of the world in early childhood education and care (ECEC), according to several delegates at the 4th World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) here.

 They felt that Malaysia should share its experience in the field for the benefit of other countries, in the Asean region as well as elsewhere.

Chheang (rpt) Chheang Vannarith, executive director of the Cambodian Institute for Corporation and Peace, said fellow Asean countries could take Malaysia as an example or a role model to share its experiences in implementing education for children, especially ECEC programmes. 

Full report at:

http://www.nst.com.my/latest/malaysia-hailed-as-role-model-for-early-childhood-education-1.172092

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India

 

Savita Halappanavar's horrendous death can't be 'compensated': India

 Nov 16 2012

New Delhi : Days after the totally unnecessary death of a young Indian woman, the Indian govt is asking the Irish for answers.

India will take up with Ireland the issue of death of an Indian woman dentist there after doctors allegedly refused to terminate her 17-week-long pregnancy on the ground that it was a "Catholic country".

Indian Ambassador to Ireland will raise the issue with the Irish government today.

India was awaiting the results of two probes ordered by Irish authorities in the matter and will "take it from there," official spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs had said yesterday, adding the country was "concerned" over the circumstances in which Savita Halappanavar died.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/savita-halappanavars-horrendous-death-cant-be-compensated-india/1031917/

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UP govt uses police to bring Shia leaders for talks

By Dhananjay Mahapatra

Nov 16, 2012

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court was shocked by the UP government's method in using police to bring Shia community leaders to the table for talks with majority Sunni community leaders for a negotiated settlement of 150 year-old dispute on ownership of graveyard in Doshipura area of Varanasi.

During the hearing on the issue last week, counsel for Shia community Kamini Jaiswal protested loudly before a bench of Justices R M Lodha and A R Dave. "On October 31, six police officers came and took the leaders of Shia community for talks. The District magistrate pressurized them to surrender the land," she alleged.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/UP-govt-uses-police-to-bring-Shia-leaders-for-talks/articleshow/17235734.cms

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Globetrotting clerics in demand for Muharram sermons

Faisal Fareed

 Nov 16 2012

Lucknow : With the beginning of the Islamic new year (1434 Hijri) and the month of Muharram on November 16, several Shia clerics of Lucknow have packed their bags and gone abroad where they are much in demand to deliver sermons. They have a tight schedule, some of them having been booked as much as six months in advance.

Mirza Mohammad Ashfaq has left for Amsterdam, Aijaz Abbas for the US, Safi Haider for South Africa, Aazim Hussain for Pakistan while vice-president of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Kalbe Sadiq, has left for London.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/lucknow-s-globetrotting-clerics-in-demand-for-muharram-sermons/1031734/

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Govt with absolute majority not good for Muslims: Shahi Imam

Nov 16 2012

Kanpur: Expressing his displeasure over the performance of the Samajwadi Party-led Uttar Pradesh government, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Maulana Syed Ahmed Bukhari has said the formation of governments with absolute majority doesn't do any good for Muslims.

"For the safeguard of rights of the Muslims, it is better that governments should not be formed with absolute majority. Formation of government without absolute majority is in favour of Muslims," said Bukhari, who visited the city to attend a marriage ceremony yesterday.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/govt-with-absolute-majority-not-good-for-muslims-shahi-imam-bukhari/1031953/

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Post-Mumbai attack, sense of 'hurt' prevents PM Manmohan Singh's visit to Pakistan: India

Nov 16 2012

New Delhi : Pakistan may be keen on a visit by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh but that is unlikely to happen, given India's "sense of hurt" caused by Mumbai terror attacks, a highly placed government source said here today.

Noting that there was "enthusiasm" on part of Pakistan leadership to see Singh visiting that country, the source said, "We are receiving some interesting positive signals but at the same time there are expectations that remain unfulfilled."

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/postmumbai-attack-sense-of-hurt-prevents-pm-manmohan-singhs-visit-to-pakistan-india/1031933/

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With love from Pak for Punjab politicians: Rare breed animals

Harpreet Bajwa

Nov 15 2012

Chandigarh : While it is tractors that appear to be the favourite of top Punjab politicians when it comes to gifting their counterparts on their visits to the neighbouring Pakistan, the return gifts are generally indigenous breed four-legged ones that are let into the country after a quarantine period at the Wagah border.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/with-love-from-pak-for-punjab-politicians-rare-breed-animals/1031192/

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Punjab-based paper maker to appoint distributors in Lahore

 Nov 15 2012

Chandigarh : Punjab-based paper maker Khanna Paper Mills has decided to appoint sole distributors in Pakistan for the supply of its items including newsprint, writing paper after sensing their huge market in the neighbouring country.

“We have decided to have four to five sole distributors at Lahore in Pakistan for the supply of our paper items like newsprint, copier paper, writing paper etc., as there is an immense potential for these items,” Suneet Kochhar, Director, Khanna Paper Mills told PTI today.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/punjabbased-paper-maker-to-appoint-distributors-in-lahore/1031191/

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Savita’s death a wake-up call: Irish senator

November 16, 2012

It’s time for us to “stop talking and legislate”, said an opinion piece by an Irish senator, who described the agonising death of Savita Halappanavar in Ireland as a wake-up call.

Senator Ivana Bacik, in the strongly worded opinion piece in Irish Times, wrote that the news of Savita’s death in appalling circumstances is a wake-up call for legislators.

Ms. Halappanavar arrived on October 21 with back pain at Galway University Hospital, where she was found to be miscarrying at 17 weeks. Doctors refused to terminate her pregnancy and she died of septicaemia on October 28, sparking outrage in India and Ireland.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/savitas-death-a-wakeup-call-irish-senator/article4101207.ece

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‘Savita held my hand as she died in agony’: A distraught husband

Daily Mail with inputs from Mail Today & agencies

November 16, 2012

A DISTRAUGHT husband has described how he held his wife’s hand as she died from blood poisoning caused by a miscarriage after Irish doctors refused to perform an abortion.

Praveen Halappanavar, 34, said that he begged doctors to carry out the procedure but they refused to do so because she was “ in a Catholic country” and the foetus’s heartbeat was still present.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Terrorists using Karachi bourse?

Nov 16, 2012,

NEW DELHI: Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's statement at a recent Interpol event expressing concern over terror funds routed to stock exchanges was possibly made with the Karachi Stock Exchange in mind, where outfits like Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD), a Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) front, are said to have parked their money.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Terrorists-using-Karachi-bourse/articleshow/17236110.cms

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Kokrajhar toll rises to six, Army called in

Nov 16, 2012

GUWAHATI: The Army was called out on Thursday and an indefinite curfew clamped in Kokrajhar district as the Bodo heartland slipped into a state of lawlessness with one more person shot dead and another seriously injured after being stabbed. The new violence has so far claimed six lives.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Kokrajhar-toll-rises-to-six-Army-called-in/articleshow/17236338.cms

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Hizb militants attack liquor shop in Srinagar

By M Saleem Pandit

Nov 16, 2012

SRINAGAR: Four people were wounded after Hizbul Mujahideen militants fired on a liquor shop inside a government-owned hotel on the banks of the Dal Lake in Srinagar on Thursday.

The four were identified as Fayaz Ahmad Khanday, Mohammad Sharief Sheikh, Ravi Kumar and Sunny.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hizb-militants-attack-liquor-shop-in-Srinagar/articleshow/17235967.cms

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Anees Ibrahim pumped fake currency into India: NIA

 Nov 16 2012

Mumbai : The National Investigation Agency (NIA) has informed a Kochi special court that a bulk of fake currency circulating in Kerala and other states in India was pumped at the behest of Anees Ibrahim, brother of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim. The NIA made this revelation in confidential report to the court.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/anees-ibrahim-pumped-fake-currency-into-india-nia/1031652/

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Ex-Kerala SIMI chief held

Nov 16 2012

Thiruvananthapuram : A former state president of banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) was on Thursday arrested in connection with the attack on a mosque committee member in Ernakulam in August.

According to the police, the arrested — K M Asharaf— was SIMI president during the days of its ban in 2001. Asharaf, a businessman, was the eighth accused in the attack on Abdul Nazar, which was in retaliation to his winning as the president of the local mosque committee.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/exkerala-simi-chief-held/1031627/

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North America

 

Pentagon Says 75,000 Troops Might Be Needed to Seize Syria Chemical Arms

By DAVID E. SANGER and ERIC SCHMITT

2012/11/16

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has told the Obama administration that any military effort to seize Syria’s stockpiles of chemical weapons would require upward of 75,000 troops, amid increasing concern that the militant group Hezbollah has set up small training camps close to some of the chemical weapons depots, according to senior American officials.

The estimated size of the potential effort, provided to the White House by the military’s Central Command and Joint Staff, called into question whether the United States would have the resources to act quickly  if it detected  the movement of chemical weapons and forced President Obama, as he said in August, to “change my calculus” about inserting American forces into Syria. So far Mr. Obama has avoided direct intervention into the most brutal civil conflict to emerge from the Arab Spring uprisings,  and the Pentagon assessment was seen as likely to reinforce that reluctance.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/16/world/middleeast/pentagon-sees-seizing-syria-

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US lawmaker backs Congressional Gold Medal for Malala

Nov 16 2012

Washington : Malala Yousufzai, shot by the Pakistani Taliban for advocating girls' education, deserves the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award in the US, a prominent American lawmaker has said.

Malala, 15, is currently undergoing treatment at a British hospital, after she was shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning in favour of education for girls in the Swat Valley against their wishes.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-lawmaker-backs-congressional-gold-medal-for-malala/1031974/

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US lists senior Taliban leader Mullah Naim Barich, as drug trafficker

November 16, 2012

The US government added a top Taliban commander to its list of suspected drug trafficking 'Kingpins' in the first such designation of a leader of the Afghan insurgency.

The move underscores concerns that Taliban commanders may be playing a growing role in heroin production, seeing the trade as a lucrative revenue stream to fund their campaign after most foreign troops have left Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

The US treasury said it had put Mullah Naim Barich on the Kingpin list, which bans US citizens from doing business with him and freezes any assets he may hold in the United States, for trafficking drugs from the southern Helmand province - the centre of Afghanistan's heroin industry.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/US-lists-senior-Taliban-leader-as-drug-trafficker/Article1-959926.aspx

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With top brass under scrutiny, Pentagon chief orders ethics review

Nov 15, 2012

BANGKOK: Defense secretary Leon Panetta has ordered the US military's top brass to look for any gaps in ethics training as he lamented lapses in judgment by officers that could "erode public confidence in our leadership," a Pentagon spokesman said on Thursday.

Questions over the conduct of US generals has come into sharp focus over the past week as retired General David Petraeus lost his job as CIA director over an affair and General John Allen, who leads the Afghan war effort, was placed under investigation for potentially inappropriate emails with a Florida socialite.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/With-top-brass-under-scrutiny-Pentagon-chief-orders-ethics-review/articleshow/17232408.cms

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No evidence Pakistan knew Osama bin Laden's location: US

Nov 16, 2012

WASHINGTON: There has been no evidence that Pak leadership knew of the presence of Osama bin Laden inside their country, a top Pentagon commander has said citing post-raid analysis of the secret operation that killed the most wanted terrorist of the world.

Navy Adm William McRaven, Commander of US Special Operations Command, said at the Hero's Summit in Washington that post-raid analysis of the raid indicates that the Pak leadership was not aware of his presence.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/No-evidence-Pakistan-knew-Osama-bin-Ladens-location-US/articleshow/17238689.cms

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Indo-Pak ties critical to regional stability: Dunford

November 16, 2012

The relationship between India and Pakistan is critical for regional stability and American success in Afghanistan, a top US commander said. "At this point I don't have insight into what our government is doing to try to work the very delicate relationship between Pakistan and

India.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Americas/Indo-Pak-ties-critical-to-regional-stability-Dunford/Article1-959877.aspx

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C.I.A. Investigates Petraeus Affair as Lawmakers Press Libya Attack Inquiry

By ERIC SCHMITT

2012/11/16

WASHINGTON — The Central Intelligence Agency’s inspector general has started an investigation into the general conduct of David H. Petraeus, who resigned last week as the C.I.A.’s director after admitting to having an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

The inquiry will focus largely on whether Mr. Petraeus misused the trappings and perquisites of his position, including security details, private jets and special accommodations, to facilitate the affair, a person familiar with the investigation said.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/16/world/africa/cia-investigates-petraeus-as-lawmakers-press-inquiry-into-libya-attack.html?ref=world

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Africa

 

Sudan religious groups meet under Arab Spring pressure

November 16, 2012

KHARTOUM: Thousands of government-linked religious groups met in Sudan on Thursday, under pressure from Arab Spring-inspired reformers who say the Islamic regime has drifted from its religious foundations.

Reformers say corruption and other problems have left the vast African nation’s government Islamic in name only, and question how much longer President Omar al-Bashir should remain in office.

But those calling for change lack the power to impose their views, and their hopes for the three-day meeting will be dashed, predicted Khalid Tigani, an analyst and chief editor of the weekly economic newspaper Elaff. “So this may lead to a new split” in the Islamic Movement.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\16\story_16-11-2012_pg4_1

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Nigeria Army Says, Killed Top Boko Haram Islamist Commander

2012/11/16

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Nigerian security forces said on Friday they had killed a top commander of Islamist sect Boko Haram in its north-eastern stronghold during an offensive that also saw several other militants slain.

Boko Haram's insurgency, aimed at carving out an Islamic state in northern Nigeria, has killed an estimated 2,800 people since an uprising in 2009.

A recent military offensive has reduced the kind of lethal, high profile attacks they were carrying out a year ago, but there are still near daily assaults on civilians and security forces in the northeast.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/11/16/world/africa/16reuters-nigeria-

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DR Congo clashes: '150 M23 rebels killed' near Goma

2012/11/16

More than 150 rebels have been killed in fighting with government forces in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the regional governor has told the BBC.

Julien Paluku said the fighting was continuing on Friday morning near the main regional city, Goma.

Mr Paluku said the city would not fall, despite rebel claims to be on the verge of capturing the city.

The fighting is the most serious since July in the mostly lawless but resource-rich eastern DR Congo.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20355181

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Pakistan

 

Pakistan to consider releasing Mullah Baradar, the former Taliban number two

November 16, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Afghan High Peace Council (HPC) delegation returned to Kabul on Thursday after a ‘successful’ extended stay in Islamabad – securing release of a number of Taliban figures and a promise that the Pakistan government would also consider freeing Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the former Taliban number two.

On the last day of their visit, HPC Chairman Salahuddin Rabbani and members of his delegation followed up with senior Pakistani officials on the decisions taken during their three-day talks and pressed for release of Mullah Baradar and at least three other top aides of Taliban chief Mullah Omar, including Mullah Noorudin Toorabi.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/16/pakistan-to-consider-releasing-mullah-baradar/

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Illegal immigrants: 10,000 foreigners expelled from Balochistan, NA told

November 16, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry on Thursday informed the National Assembly that it had deported over 10,000 illegal immigrants from Balochistan, citing serious threats to internal security of the already troubled province.

In a written reply, Interior Minister Rehman Malik informed the lower house of Parliament that 21,407 foreign nationals, who were arrested in the country under the Foreigner Act 1946, were handed over to India, Iran and Afghanistan in the past five years.

 Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/466486/illegal-immigrants-10000-foreigners-expelled-from-balochistan-na-told/

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Police arrest 2 Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Mehsud group members

By Asad KharalPublished: November 16, 2012

LAHORE: The Punjab Police claimed to have foiled a large-scale terror bid during Muharramul Haram, arresting two active members of Hakimullah Mehsud group, chief of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

The suspects were allegedly involved in various incidents of terrorism including attacks on Pakistan Air Force (PAF) Kamra base, camps of armed forces, police picket in Gujrat, revealed Inspector General of Police Punjab Haji Habibur Rehman on Friday.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/466751/police-arrest-2-tehreek-e-taliban-pakistan-mehsud-group-members/

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Bihar CM is a socialist while I’m an Islamic socialist, says Punjab CM

November 16, 2012

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that many values between Indian province of Bihar and Pakistani Punjab are common. He said as Bihar Chief Minister Nateesh Kumar transformed Bihar province through good governance and transparency, similarly the Punjab government of PML-N has promoted good governance, merit and transparency in the Punjab.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\16\story_16-11-2012_pg13_3

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79 arrested over marriage act violation in Rawalpindi

November 16, 2012

RAWALPINDI: Rawalpindi police have arrested 79 people and registered 63 cases for defying the marriage act during this year.

According to sources, Rawalpindi CPO Azhar Hameed Khokhar said that the police had forwarded Challans of 32 cases to the courts from January 1 to November 10. He said that during the current month, 24 cases were registered under the act and 34 people were arrested.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\16\story_16-11-2012_pg11_4

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Pakistani Lawyer Beaten After Taking on Army Chief

2012/11/16

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani lawyer has accused the military of sending thugs to beat him up after he challenged the army chief in court.

Inam Ur Raheem, a retired military lawyer, says three vehicles surrounded his taxi Wednesday night in the garrison city of Rawalpindi. Several unidentified men jumped out and attacked him with sticks, leaving him with cuts and bruises. He claimed they said they were there to teach him a lesson.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/11/16/world/asia/ap-as-

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Christian boy accused of sending blasphemous texts still in hiding

November 16, 2012

KARACHI: Clerics living in the vicinity where a teenage boy was accused of blasphemy last month are pressuring police to capture him or face a series of protests outside the station.

Mobina Town police station investigation officer Mohammad Baksh told The Express Tribune that law enforcers have been unable to trace the boy so far. No case has been registered against the protesters because they have been peaceful, added Baksh.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/466395/christian-boy-accused-of-sending-blasphemous-texts-still-in-hiding/

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Pakistan assures India of ‘justice’ in 26/11 case

Hindustan Times

November 16, 2012

Pakistan high commissioner to India Salman Bashir on Thursday said that his country was seriously pursuing the 26/11 Mumbai attack case and “no stone would be left unturned” to ensure justice.

The probe agencies had earlier informed a Pakistani court that the 2008 attack was plotted by the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Pakistan-assures-India-of-justice-in-26-11-case/Article1-959828.aspx

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Now, Pak court stops renaming of roundabout after Bhagat Singh

Nov 16 2012

Lahore : Days after an official panel endorsed the renaming of a roundabout in Lahore after freedom fighter Bhagat Singh despite opposition from the Jamaat-ud-Dawah, a Pakistani court today barred authorities from going ahead with the move.

Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh of the Lahore High Court stopped the Punjab government from renaming Shadman Chowk as Bhagat Singh Chowk in response to a petition filed by Tehrik Hurmat-e-Rasool, a movement launched by the JuD.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/now-pak-court-stops-renaming-of-roundabout-after-bhagat-singh/1032029/

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Mobile phone services suspended in Karachi and Quetta

November 16, 2012

KARACHI: Cellular phone services were suspended in Karachi and Quetta upon the federal government’s directives, DawnNews reported.

The services would remain suspended until 7 pm today in light of security concerns on the first day of Muharram.

After the announcement that the moon for Muharram had been sighted on Thursday, Dawn had learnt that the government was considering suspending mobile phone services in Quetta and Karachi for a few hours.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/16/mobile-phone-services-suspended-in-karachi-and-quetta/

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Balochistan unrest: Bomb blast in Zhob kills two FC personnel

November 16, 2012

QUETTA: Two Frontier Corps (FC) personnel were killed in an explosion near the FC headquarters in Zhob district of Balochistan, Express News reported on Friday.

The FC personnel had arrested two suspects from the Pak-Afghan border the previous night and were taking them to the headquarters for interrogation when the blast occurred.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/466677/balochistan-unrest-bomb-blast-in-zhob-kills-two-fc-personnel/

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Pak assures access to voice samples, Bill before House

Rahul Tripathi

Nov 16 2012

New Delhi : Pakistan has assured India that it will provide the voice samples of Mumbai 26/11 suspects using a Bill that is likely to be passed by the National Assembly soon. The ‘Investigation for Fair Trial Bill 2012’ was tabled in the Assembly in September. Once its becomes an Act, Pakistan can collect the voice samples of Mumbai terror suspects.

The decision was conveyed to India during the bilateral meeting between Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Pakistan’s Interior Minister Rehman Malik at Rome.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-assures-access-to-voice-samples-bill-before-house/1031624/

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If you can't, let Laloo Prasad Yadav run the railways: Pak lawmaker to govt

Nov 16, 2012

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani lawmaker surprised his colleagues today by suggesting that the country's railways should be handed over to former Indian railway minister Laloo Prasad Yadav if the government was unable to tackle the state-run entity's numerous problems.

Muttahida Qaumi Movement lawmaker Sajid Ahmed made the suggestion in the National Assembly or lower house of Parliament while parliamentary secretary for railways Noman Islam Sheikh was answering questions about the performance of the railways.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/If-you-cant-let-Laloo-Prasad-Yadav-run-the-railways-Pak-lawmaker-to-govt/articleshow/17243059.cms

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Pakistan to lift ban on YouTube

November 16, 2012

Pakistan which had banned popular video-sharing website YouTube following the release of a film that allegedly insulted Islam, will lift the ban next month, an official said.

Farooq Awan, chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) said the website may be reopened within 20 days, the Dawn reported on Friday.

Awan said talks were underway with Google, the company that owns YouTube, to block the ‘blasphemous contents’ of the anti-Islam film.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf had ordered the ban on the website in September, in the aftermath of protests against the film.

http://www.deccanchronicle.com/channels/world/asia/pakistan-lift-ban-youtube-855

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Arab World

 

Egyptian PM urges world to stop Israel 'aggression' on Gaza

Nov 16, 2012

GAZA CITY (PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES): Egypt's premier urged world leaders on Friday to stop Israeli "aggression" on GAZA as he visited the Hamas-run enclave and the Jewish state warned of a possible ground offensive.

A truce agreed during the brief visit by Prime Minister Hisham Qandil quickly dissolved in violence as what Palestinian security sources said was an Israeli air strike hit northern Gaza, killing two.

Israel accused Hamas of violating the agreement but it denied carrying out any strikes.

"We have not attacked in the past two hours, in addition there have been over 60 rocket launches in the same period of time," an army spokesman said, as Hamas militants from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades admitted having fired more than 40 rockets over the border.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Egyptian-PM-urges-world-to-stop-Israel-aggression-on-Gaza/articleshow/17242330.cms

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Bahraini Forces Firing Peaceful Protesters with Poisonous Tear Gas, a Woman Martyred

November 16, 2012

Poisonous tear gas used by Bahraini al-Khalifa forces against peaceful anti-government protesters has martyred 43 years old woman in Jid Hafas.

 (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Poisonous tear gas used by Bahraini al-Khalifa forces against peaceful anti-government protesters has martyred 43 years old woman in Jid Hafas.

Full report at:

http://www.abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=362217

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Saudi Arabia distanced itself from the killer’s clerical links

By Habib Toumi

 November 15, 2012

Manama: Saudi Arabia’s Islamic affairs ministry has distanced itself from the alleged religious scholar who had tortured his five-year-old daughter, Luma, to death.

“Luma’s father is not among the scholars officially registered with us,” Shaikh Saleh Bin Abdul Aziz Al Shaikh, the minister of Islamic affairs, endowments and guidance, said. “We have nothing to do with him in any way. What he did is an atrocious crime that is condemned by the whole nation. He cannot be a religious leader or a religious scholar and nobody can excuse his cruel crime,” Shaikh Saleh told local Arabic daily Al Sharq.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/saudi-arabia/saudi-arabia-denies-killer-s-clerical-links-1.1105372

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Rapist student awarded life imprisonment

Marie Nammour / 15 November 2012

An Emirati student, who raped a woman compatriot in his place after he fooled her into believing that he would marry her and took her to his place on the pretext of showing her their future home, was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday by the Court of First Instance.

According to prosecution records, the 24-year-old defendant had been in a loving relationship with the victim through phone chatting. On the day of the incident, he lured her to go see his place where they would live after marriage. There, he illegally confined her in his bedroom, raped and molested her forcefully.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/inside.asp?xfile=/data/courtroundup/2012/November/courtroundup_November44.xml&section=courtroundup

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Egypt Sends Prime Minister to Gaza in Show of Solidarity

By JODI RUDOREN, ISABEL KERSHNER and ALAN COWELL

2012/11/16

GAZA CITY — Egypt launched a remarkable diplomatic initiative on Friday after a night of ferocious Israeli airstrikes in Gaza and militant rocket fire toward Israel, sending its prime minister to show support for Palestinians in the beleaguered enclave. The move prompted Israel to agree to a temporary, though flawed, cease-fire even as it sent armored vehicles toward Gaza and called up reservists for a possible invasion.

The frail truce barely took root. Even as Prime Minister Hesham Kandil of Egypt arrived in Gaza, Israel Radio said Palestinian militants fired 25 rockets into southern Israel, with one rocket striking a house There were no immediate reports of casualties.

 Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/17/world/middleeast/israel-gaza-assault.html?ref=world

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Human Rights Association praises children right’s Law of Dubai

November 15, 2012

Dubai: Emirates Human Rights Association has lauded the new federal law for children rights, Wudeema’s Law that was approved by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, during a Cabinet meeting.

The association said that the law secures a safe and stable future for children, regardless of their nationality, religion or origin.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/society/human-rights-association-praises-wudeema-s-law-1.1105664

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Protests in Jordan Continue, With Calls for Ending the King’s Rule

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

2012/11/16

IRBID, Jordan — Thousands of young men poured into the streets of Jordan’s cities and towns for a third night of scattered protests against King Abdullah II, as the United States expressed support for the monarch.

Thursday’s protests around the country, most of which involved exchanges of rocks and tear gas, were set off this week by anger at a reduction in public fuel subsidies. Unlike previous demonstrations here, this week’s protests for the first time have also called for ending the rule of King Abdullah II.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/16/world/middleeast/protesters-in-jordan-call-for-

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War-weary Syrian children seek solace in cultural activities

Syrian children turn to music, sports, and gardening to escape the sounds of violence that occupy their neighbourhoods across Syria

 14 Nov 2012

Abdel Razaq Ayubi, 11, has turned to basketball and table tennis to escape the recent memory of fleeing to Damascus from the surrounding countryside when his town became another battleground in Syria's 20-month conflict.

"Very often, the bus wouldn't come to pick us up, and school was frequently closed because of shootings. My parents decided two months ago to leave Mleiha and move to Rokn Eddin in Damascus," the boy says shyly.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/33/58103/Arts--Culture/Music/Warweary-Syrian-children-seek-solace-in-cultural-a.aspx

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Cultural Resources gears up for campaign to save Egyptian culture

‘A Culture for All Egyptians’ is a campaign aiming to free cultural life from its bureaucratic shell and make it accessible to all Egyptians

Farah Montasser

 14 Nov 2012

As Egyptians await the new constitution, Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy (Cultural Resources) is launching 'A Culture For All Egyptians' to campaign for changes to cultural laws and policies, and make culture more accessible to all sectors of society.

"Our main battle is with the legislation, not the constitution," Wesam Ragab, press and communications officer at Al-Mawred Al-Thaqafy, tells Ahram Online. "The constitution will provide positive general statements regarding culture, but the law is our game. We must make sure the new parliament changes the rules and regulations to help develop arts and culture.”

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/35/57936/Arts--Culture/Stage--

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South Asia

 

Suu Kyi on same page with junta over Rohingyas’

By Sachin Parashar

Nov 16, 2012

NEW DELHI: Myanmar opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday outlined her understanding of the ethnic strife in the country in the presence of foreign minister Salman Khurshid but refrained from specifically mentioning the violence against the minority Rohingyas.

Sources said that she herself brought up the situation in Rakhine state — rocked by violence between Muslims and Buddhists — but didn't say anything to even remotely indicate a deviation from her stated position.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Suu-Kyi-on-same-page-with-junta-over-Rohingyas/articleshow/17236060.cms

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Warlords look to make a comeback in Afghanistan

November 15, 2012

By HAFIZULLAH GARDESH — The Institute for War & Peace Reporting

KABUL, Afghanistan The warlords who fought a bloody civil war during the 1990s in Afghanistan are talking about making a comeback.

And that has many Afghans worried.

A former Afghan warlord, Mohammad Ismail Khan, the current minister of energy and water who served as governor of Herat province, has caused consternation by suggesting that militias reform to fill the gap left when international troops withdraw in 2014.

Full report at:

http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2012/11/15/2768008/warlords-look-to-make-a-comeback.html#storylink=cpy

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Relations with Pakistan to stay unchanged, says China

November 16, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) has set forth new targets for the future with reform as a salient feature for China’s new epoch.

However, maintaining Sino-Pak relations is a priority.

Briefing a select group of journalists about the transition, Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Liu Jian said, “no matter what changes come at the international frontier, our (Pak-China) friendship will remain untouched.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/466517/post-transition-relations-with-pakistan-to-stay-unchanged-says-china/

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Afghan family confirms release of Taliban leader by Pakistan

November 16, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has released Anwarul Haq Mujahid, a Taliban leader, following negotiations with an Afghan peace delegation earlier in the week, his family told AFP Friday.

Mujahid, the eldest son of late Afghan resistance leader Maulvi Yunus Khalis was released late Thursday, a close relative told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/466738/afghan-family-confirms-release-of-taliban-leader-by-pakistan/

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Bangladeshi Man gets 60 years in jail for abduction, rape

November 16, 2012

A Chittagong court yesterday sentenced a man to 60 years' rigorous imprisonment for raping a class VII student of Kishnakumari City Corporation Girls High School, after abducting her on February 28, 1997.

The court also ordered him to pay Tk 1 lakh fine to Chittagong's deputy commissioner, who will give the money to the victim.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=257673

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Rebel assault in Mryanmar ahead of Obama visit

November 16, 2012

Ethnic rebels in northern Myanmar staged a deadly attack on a prison convoy, state media reported on Friday, highlighting one of the country’s violence-plagued corners days before President Barack Obama’s historic visit to the former pariah state.

About 30 ethnic Kachin rebels ambushed the five-car convoy on Wednesday in Kachin state, killing two convicts and injuring 14 others, the state-owned Kyemon newspaper reported. The newspaper did not give further details about the attack or the rebels’ possible motives.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/rebel-assault-in-mryanmar-ahead-of-obama-visit/article4101421.ece

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Hard choices as Afghanistan seeks to exploit mineral riches

November 16, 2012

MES AYNAK: Huge riches lie buried below the dusty plains and mountains of Afghanistan — both mineral wealth and historical treasures accumulated over thousands of years.

As the country seeks to build a prosperous and peaceful future after more than 30 years of war, it is facing a dilemma between exploiting the resources that can make it rich and preserving its archaeological heritage.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/16/hard-choices-as-afghanistan-seeks-to-exploit-mineral-riches/

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Relentless Afghan conflict leaves traumatised generation

November 16, 2012

KABUL: On a low bed in a quiet, all-female hospital ward, a depressed Afghan teenager huddles silently under blankets, her mother close by. In a nearby room are men suffering from schizophrenia, delusions of persecution and power, anxiety and panic disorders.

Among them are some of the unseen victims of the war in Afghanistan: a generation of people mentally damaged by their exposure to incessant conflict.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/16/relentless-afghan-conflict-leaves-traumatised-generation/

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Mideast Asia

 

Israel agrees to Gaza truce for Egypt PM’s visit: spokesman

November 16, 2012

JERUSALEM: Israel has agreed to halt a massive aerial campaign on the Gaza Strip during a visit Friday by Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil provided militants also hold their fire, an Israeli official said.

“Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu has agreed to an Egyptian request to cease fire during the visit to Gaza this morning by the Egyptian prime minister, a visit that is supposed to last some three hours,” the senior official told AFP.

“In our response forwarded to the Egyptians, Israel has said that the IDF (Israeli military) will cease fire on the condition that during that period there won’t be hostile fire from Gaza into Israel.”

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/16/israel-agrees-to-gaza-truce-for-egypt-pms-visit-spokesman/

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Israel strikes 'kill 2 in Gaza' as Egypt PM visits

16 Nov 2012

Israeli war planes bombed northern Gaza on Friday morning, killing two as Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil paid a visit, Palestinian security sources and medics told AFP.

"The occupation's planes bombed a group of citizens in the Nazila area" in northern Gaza, the source said, shortly after Israel accused Hamas of failing to observe a ceasefire during the Egyptian premier's visit.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/58294/World/Region/Israel-strikes-kill--in-Gaza-as-Egypt-PM-visits.aspx

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Iran-made Fajr-5 missile may have targeted Tel Aviv

ATUL ANEJA

November 16, 2012

The firing of an Iran-made Fajr-5 missile by a Gaza based Palestinian group was apparently responsible for triggering warning sirens in Tel Aviv, which were last heard during the first Gulf war 20 years ago.

The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility for firing the Fajr missile towards Tel Aviv. In a brief statement, the group said that it had “widened the range of the battle to reach Tel Aviv and what is coming will be greater". According to the Jerusalem Post, two booms were heard shortly after the sirens went off. Another Israeli daily, Haaretz reported on its website that rockets had landed in Holon, just south of Tel Aviv.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/iranmade-fajr5-missile-may-have-targeted-tel-aviv/article4099148.ece

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Bolder Hamas Tests Alliances in a Shifting Arab World

By JODI RUDOREN and FARES AKRAM

2012/11/16

GAZA CITY — Instead of the wedding drums that typically provide the evening soundtrack in this forlorn coastal strip, the black, still air was pierced by gunshots on Thursday, as citizens fired celebratory rounds after the ruling Hamas faction announced that one of its rockets had hit an Israeli aircraft.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/16/world/middleeast/hamas-emboldened-tests-its-arab-

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Turks Grant Recognition to Coalition of Syrians

By SEBNEM ARSU and TIM ARANGO

2012/11/16

ISTANBUL — Turkey made it clear on Thursday that it officially recognized a newly formed rebel coalition as the legitimate leader of the Syrian people, an important step in the group’s effort to attract legitimacy and, it hopes, more weapons to bring about the end of President Bashar al-Assad’s rule.

Turkey “once again reiterates its recognition of the Syrian national coalition as the legitimate representative of the Syrian people,” Turkey’s foreign minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, said in a speech at an Organization of Islamic Cooperation meeting in Djibouti, the tiny country on the Horn of Africa.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/16/world/middleeast/turkey-recognizes-new-syrian-

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Israel and Hamas battle on social media as well

 Nov 16, 2012,

JERUSALEM: The hostilities between Israel and Hamas have found a new battleground: social media.

The Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas militants have exchanged fiery tweets throughout the fighting in a separate war to influence public opinion.

Shortly after it launched its campaign on Wednesday by killing Hamas' top military commander Ahmed Jabari, the Israeli military's media office announced a "widespread campaign on terror sites & operatives in the (hash)Gaza Strip" on its Twitter account.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/social-media/Israel-and-Hamas-battle-on-social-media-as-well/articleshow/17238264.cms?

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Israel army tweets Gaza strike live

By Kim Arora

Nov 16, 2012

NEW DELHI: War propaganda entered a whole new dimension on Wednesday night as the Israeli Defence Forces tweeted a strike in Gaza live. International news portals said this was the world's first broadcast of an ongoing military campaign through Twitter.

The IDF flooded online platforms in its efforts to put out its version of the attack. The strike, in which senior Hamas leader Ahmed Jabari was killed, was not only live-tweeted, but also live-blogged on Tumblr, a blogger's platform. There were also regular updates on video-sharing website YouTube, while pictures and posters were shared on image-sharing website Flickr.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-army-tweets-Gaza-strike-live/articleshow/17235240.cms

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Israel presses Gaza assault as rocket panics Tel Aviv

Nov 16, 2012,

GAZA CITY(PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES) Militants defied a major Israeli bombing campaign across Gaza on Thursday, firing off volleys of rockets which killed three Israelis and sparked panic in Tel Aviv.

As Palestinian deaths from relentless air strikes rose to 16, Defence Minister Ehud Barak gave the go-ahead for 30,000 reservists to be called up, with the army saying it was "in the process of expanding the campaign."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-presses-Gaza-assault-as-rocket-panics-Tel-Aviv/articleshow/17235430.cms

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War threat looms over Gaza as Hamas, Israeli forces trade fire

Nov 16, 2012

GAZA: A Hamas rocket killed three Israelis north of the Gaza Strip on Thursday, drawing the first blood from Israel as the Palestinian death toll rose to 15 in a military showdown lurching closer to allout war and an invasion of the enclave.

On the second day of an assault Israel said might culminate in a ground attack, its planes bombed targets in and around Gaza city, where tall buildings trembled. Plumes of smoke and dust furled into a sky laced with the vapour trails of outgoing rockets.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/War-threat-looms-over-Gaza-as-Hamas-Israeli-forces-trade-fire/articleshow/17236767.cms

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Israel steps up Gaza assault

November 16, 2012

Israeli aircraft pummelled rocket-launching operations of Gaza militants on Friday, and as troops, tanks and armoured personnel carriers massed near the Palestinian territory, signalling a ground invasion might be growing near.

Fighting between the two sides escalated sharply on Thursday with a first-ever militant attack on the Tel Aviv area, menacing Israel’s heartland. No casualties were reported, but three people died in the country’s south when a projectile slammed into an apartment building.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/israel-steps-up-gaza-assault/article4101130.ece

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Europe

 

'Malicious Blasphemy' charges filed over gay Jesus play in Greece, production cancelled

 16 Nov 2012

Actors and the producer of a Greek play that depicted Jesus Christ and his apostles as gay have been charged with blasphemy, court officials said on Friday.

A production of "Corpus Christi" in Athens was cancelled this month after weeks of almost daily protests outside the theatre by priests and right-wing groups, including deputies from the ultra-nationalist Golden Dawn party.

Charges of "insulting religion" and "malicious blasphemy" have been filed after Bishop Seraphim of Piraeus lodged a lawsuit against those involved in the play, the officials said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/58313/World/International/Malicious-Blasphemy-charges-filed-over-gay-Jesus-p.aspx

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Russia charges nine with membership of Hizbut Tahrir

November 16, 2012

MOSCOW: Russia said on Friday nine suspected militants were charged with belonging to outlawed organisation Hizbut Tahrir, which police said had planned bomb attacks on civilian targets in Moscow.

Police said they found firearms, explosives and counterfeit currency worth $1 million and two million euros during a raid on the apartments of Russian and Tajik citizens earlier this month.

At the time, law enforcement officials said they detained 18 suspected Hizbut Tahrir activists. It was not immediately clear if some or all of the 18 remained in custody.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/16/russia-charges-nine-with-membership-of-hizbut-tahrir/

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Syria conflict: Opposition leaders 'credible' says Hague

2012/11/16

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said he believes Syrian opposition groups could be a "credible, political alternative" to the Assad government.

Before meeting opposition leaders in London, Mr Hague said the UK wanted to recognise them as the legitimate voice of the people at "an early stage".

But he said he must be sure they had "genuine support" throughout Syria and were committed to a democratic future.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20351910

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Salman Rushdie was a great wit and flirt: ex-wife Padma Lakshmi

Nov 16 2012

Los Angeles : Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi's marriage may have lasted only three years but the 'Top Chef' host says they had great time together because the Booker prize winning author "was a great wit and flirt".

In an interview to Playboy magazine, where the Chennai born supermodel appears in a series of revealing photographs, the 42-year-old celebrity has praised her ex-husband, who is 23-years her senior.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/salman-rushdie-was-a-great-wit-and-flirt-exwife-padma-lakshmi/1031958/

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