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Saudi Arabia Showing Fake Videos on
Military Gains in Yemen
Syrian Army Repels ISIL Attack on
Kuweires Airbase, Kills over 40 Militants
ISIL Terrorists Executes Three Kurds in
Ansarullah: Fugitive President Trying to
Recruit Mercenaries for Saudi Army
Saudi Air Strikes Claim More Civilian
Lives in Yemen
3 US Military Advisors killed, 2 Others
Wounded in Yemeni Attack on Najran
Iraqi Warplanes Raid ISIL Positions West
Syrian Army Destroys ISIL's Hideouts in
Iraq: Army Starts Fresh Operations to
Win Back Strategic Town in Anbar Province
Fire at Alkhobar complex kills 11,
injures over 200
Afghan forces retake Musa Qala District,
220 Taliban killed, wounded
US considered using nuclear weapons
against Afghanistan after 9/11
Taliban infighting left five killed in
Taliban fired rockets killed two
civilians, wounded 12 others in Maidan Wardak
Afghan forces regain control of a
symbolic district in Helmand
100th anniversary of Afghanistan-Germany
friendship marked in Kabul
Families seek justice on 'lawless'
Non-traditional education to start in
rural areas in Afghanistan
Ukrainian citizen kidnapped in
Afghanistan set free
Urban Development Minister Inaugurates
New Projects in Badakhshan
Turkish jets hit Daesh in Syria for the
Turkey behind Terrorists' Violation of
Ceasefire in Zabadani, Idlib
Iran nuclear deal will 'fuel terrorism':
Minister: Iran to Use Optical Cameras to
Bolster Border Control
Militants attack Jiwani airport in
Balochistan, two killed
14 militants killed in Shawal, Peshawar
Pakistan conveys concern to US NSA over
blocked Coalition Support Fund
Musharraf could be back as head of new
Pakistan party ahead of local body polls
Four PIA officials suspended for Human
Pakistan wants meaningful dialogue with
India: Sharif tells US Security Adviser
Pakistan will be world's sixth largest
nation by 2050: report
Migration crisis: Germany, France and
Britain demand urgent EU meeting
Egypt summons UK envoy over Al Jazeera
A Syrian family's journey to a new life
British Library rejects Taliban archive
over terror law
Pressure mounts on Malaysian PM as
protests spill into second day
Thai police hunt more suspects after
Bangkok bomb arrest
17 Iranian Fishermen, Sailors Escape
Somali Pirates' Captivity
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TEHRAN, Aug 30, 2015 (FNA)- The Saudi media are running a hype
about their country's unreal military gains in Yemen in order to boost the
morale of their troops, even showing fake videos of slain Yemeni forces.
The footage of Saudi Arabia's false
videos comes just days after the Yemeni army and revolutionary forces uploaded
their genuine videos on their victories in Yemen and Southern Saudi Arabia.
One of the videos titled 'Saudi Apache
helicopter precisely targeted Al-Houthis in Sa'ada Mountains' is actually a
videogame that has even appeared in some pro-Saudi media such as Al-Watan
al-Kuwait and al-Manateq al-Wusta.
The fake video comes from a computer
game named 'Medal of Honor 2010'. The Arabic subtitle has even been used for
the fake video, making the case even more ridiculous.
On Saturday, a senior Yemeni popular
commander cautioned that Saudi Arabia is running a media hype about war in
Sana'a in a bid to reduce pressure on the Riyadh-led forces in the South.
"The Saudi media hype about Sana'a
battle is no more than the enemy's psychological warfare to help the forces
loyal to fugitive president Mansour Hadi who are fighting against the Yemeni
forces in the South and the Saudi army in Najran and Jizan to feel less
pressure and boost their morale," a senior Ansarullah commander told FNA.
The commander said that the Saudi enemy
has to pass through Southern provinces before opening its path to Sana'a, while
it has failed to do so. "Before Sana'a, they should come in control over
Ibb, Taez and Damar, but have failed to stretch their control over these
He said the Saudi regime does not even
know the location or whereabouts of the Ansarullah missiles that target its
troops. "The Yemeni army and revolutionary forces have developed their
missile capabilities to adopt a new strategy against the enemy," he added.
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for
158 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally
of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 5,535 Yemenis,
including hundreds of women and children.
Hadi stepped down in January and refused
to reconsider the decision despite calls by Ansarullah revolutionaries of the
Despite Riyadh’s claims that it is
bombing the positions of the Ansarullah fighters, Saudi warplanes are
flattening residential areas and civilian infrastructures.
TEHRAN, Aug 30, 2015 (FNA)- Military
sources in Aleppo said that the Syrian Armed Forces defended the Kuweires
airbase against the ISIL Takfiri terrorists' fresh massive offensive and killed
more than 40 of them in their joint counter-assault operation.
The sources said that the ISIL terrorist
group launched another powerful assault at the Kuweires Military Airport’s
Southern perimeter from their positions at the town of Tal Al-Ahmar; however,
unlike their previous attacks, this one was not led by a suicide bomber.
In the meantime, another contingent from
the terrorist group began their own assault at the Eastern gates of this
The fire fights were very intense
between the Syrian Armed Forces and the ISIL, but the prevalence of airstrikes
from the Syrian Air Force helped deter the terrorist group’s advance, giving
the ground forces protecting the base an added boost.
According to a military source in
Aleppo, over 40 ISIL combatants were killed and 7 armored vehicles were
reportedly destroyed during the failed infiltration attempt at the Kuweires
Military sources said last week that
despite repeated attempts to break-through the Syrian Army’ frontline at the
Kuweires Airbase near the Northern city of Aleppo, the ISIL has failed in its
offensives and sustained heavy losses, including 175 killed members in August.
The sources said that the ISIL has
relentlessly targeted the isolated Kuweires airbase for the last two years;
however, as of recently, the terrorist group has launched some of their
fiercest attacks on the Syrian army's positions, which has left at least 175
ISIL militants killed and scores more wounded.
TEHRAN, Aug 30, 2015 (FNA)- The ISIL
Takfiri terrorists executed three Kurdish citizens in Mosul after they refused
to fight for the militant group, a Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official
Saeed Mamuzini told BasnNews that the
ISIL insurgents arrested three Kurdish residents in Mosul on 29th August,
accusing them of disobedience.
Mamuzini revealed that the militants
later executed the three men in a prison in Southern Mosul.
The agency learned that the victims were
previously ordered by the ISIL to join the terrorist group on the frontline and
fight against other forces, but they refused to comply.
The ISIL is struggling with a huge death
toll among its fighters. They are now conscripting civilians to fill the gaps
on the battlefields. Human rights activists also revealed that the group is
recruiting under-aged children in Iraq and Syria to reinforce the frontlines.
TEHRAN, Aug 30, 2015 (FNA)- Zeifollah
al-Shami, a senior Ansarullah leader, disclosed that fugitive Yemeni president
Mansour Hadi is recruiting new mercenaries for the Saudi army.
"Mansour Hadi is looking for new
mercenaries to further massacre of the Yemeni nation," Shami said in
reaction to Hadi's visit to Sudan.
The remarks by Shami came while 700 new
forces from Maarib province's tribes have gone to Saudi Arabia for military
training in lieu of receiving 2,000 Saudi rials.
On Saturday, Hadi visited Sudan where he
met Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.
Some 3,000 Sudanese mercenaries were
among the Saudi-led ground troops that invaded Aden in Southern Yemen two
Earlier this month, a senior Ansarullah
leader renewed the revolutionary movement's strong opposition to the presence
of Hadi in the political future of Yemen.
"This movement will never allow the
fugitive and treacherous Yemeni president to play any role in the future of
Yemen," member of Ansarullah Political Council Ali Hashem al-Houthi told
He underlined that the pro-Hadi militias
have waged a war in Southern Yemen in line with the Saudi regime's objectives.
Al-Houthi called on all Yemeni political
parties to put aside their differences and prepare themselves to confront the
TEHRAN, Aug 30, 2015 (FNA)- Saudi
fighter jets bombed several areas across Yemen as the Persian Gulf kingdom's
air raids have claimed the lives of over 5,500 civilians so far.
Late on Saturday, the warplanes
conducted air strikes on the province of Hajjah. Saudi jets also bombed a fuel
station and several houses in the Bayt al-Faqih district in the province of
Two Saudi air raids hit the Sirwah
district in the province of Ma'rib.
Also on Saturday, Saudi fighter jets
bombed the Baqim district of Sa'ada province.
On Friday, at least 30 Yemenis have died
and 25 others sustained injuries in Saudi air raids.
The fighter jets bombed Yemen on Friday,
killing eight civilians and injuring four others in Al Bayda Province.
Airstrikes against the city of Ibb took
the lives of nine people, mostly women and children, and wounded 18 more, while
two civilians died after the fighters targeted the Taiz Province.
Pounding Northwestern Yemen, Saudi
aerial attacks claimed the lives of three grocery store workers in the city of
Dhahyan, killed five and injured two others in the Razeh district, and wounded
a child elsewhere in Sa’ada Province.
The bombardment of the Al Hawak district
in the Al Hudaydah Province, located in the West, also claimed the lives of
Saudi Arabia has been striking Yemen for
158 days now to restore power to fugitive president Mansour Hadi, a close ally
of Riyadh. The Saudi-led aggression has so far killed at least 5,565 Yemenis,
including hundreds of women and children.
TEHRAN, Aug 30, 2015 (FNA)- Several US
military advisors of the Riyadh government's army were killed and wounded in
heavy clashes with Yemen's revolutionary forces in Saudi Arabia's Najran
"The Yemeni revolutionary committee
forces killed three US military advisors and wounded two others in the Southern
province of Najran," Abu Hessam, a senior
Ansarullah commander, told FNA on Sunday.
He noted that seven Saudi military men
were also killed in the clashes with Yemeni forces.
Abu Hessam did not disclose the names of
the American military advisors.
On Saturday, media reports revealed that
the US has invaded and occupied Yemen's strategic Island of Socotra in the
Indian Ocean and is now building up its biggest naval base there.
"Hundreds of workers from Asian
countries have been deployed by the US navy to construct its biggest naval base
on the island," Arabic-language Al-Masyra TV quoted a Spanish-language
newspaper as saying.
Socotra is a small archipelago of four
islands in the Indian Ocean; the largest island, also called Socotra, is about
95 percent of the landmass of the archipelago. Socotra is located between the
continents of Asia and Africa.
TEHRAN, Aug 30, 2015 (FNA)- Military sources
said that scores of the ISIL Takfiri terrorists were killed or wounded in the
Iraqi airstrike on their gathering centers in Western side of Ramadi, in Anbar
“The Iraqi air force carried out an
airstrike on a bomb-making workshop of the ISIL in Khalid Ibn al-Waleed farm
located in a village West of Ramadi,” Commander of the 18th Brigade of the
Federal Police Shaker Alwan said.
“The Iraqi fighter jets' strike resulted
in the destruction of the workshop and killing of dozens of the terrorists,” he
On Friday, military sources said that
the Iraqi fighter jets' attacks on the strongholds of the ISIL Takfiri
terrorists near Ramadi resulted in the killing of at least seven militants and
wounding of several others.
“The Iraqi Air Force destroyed hideouts
of the ISIL militants in Khalidiya island which left at least seven terrorists
killed and tens others wounded,” a statement by the military sources said.
TEHRAN, Aug 30, 2015 (FNA)- The Syrian
air force in an air assault destroyed the hideouts and the concentration
centres of the Takfiri terrorists in Hama province, killing tens of militants.
The ISIL terrorists were killed in the
Syrian warplanes airstrikes in Zaizoun, al-Enkawi, and al-Zaqqoum in Sahl
al-Ghab area in the North-western countryside of Hama province.
Tens of terrorists were killed and
dozens more injured in the Syrian airstrikes on their positions in Northwestern
Also in the past 24 hours, Al-Nujaba
Movement resistance forces gained the upper-hand against the Takfiri militants
in Jisr al-Shughour region in Idlib province as they seized back strategic
The resistance forces took control of
important hilltops in the Mountainous area of Jisr al-Shughour.
Jisr al-Shughour is located in the
Western parts of Idlib province and it is of highly strategic importance. The
city links Syria's coastal towns as well as the Idlib and Aleppo provinces. It
has a population of over 150,000 people.
Al-Nujaba Movement in a statement
announced that it has gained access to many documents showing that the Qatari
government helps the militants in Syria.
The resistance forces warned the Qatari
government that if it does not cease supporting the terrorists, Al-Nujaba
movement will further publicize the documents on Qatar's supports for the
The Syrian army thwarted the Takfiri
terrorists' attempt to take control of the Damascus-Sweida main route by
attacking the army's positions.
The terrorists were pushed back from
their positions in the surrounding areas of the Damascus-Sweida road.
The Takfiri terrorists tried to
penetrate into Kou Hadr region near Damascus-Sweida road, but to no avail.
Meantime, the Syrian army and the
Lebanese Hezbollah resistance forces kicked off fresh military operations to
seize back a strategic town in Zabadani in Damascus countryside.
The army and the resistance forces
started their operations to take control of al-Mazaya town in the Southern
parts of Zabadani as the 48-hour ceasefire with the militants ended earlier
Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group resumed
artillery fire on the two towns of Fuaa and Kafraya with the end of the
ceasefire earlier today.
A 48-hour ceasefire had begun at 6a.m.
Thursday in several towns in the Northwestern and Western parts of Syria along
the border with Lebanon, including Zabadani.
The truce terms included ceasefire in
the town of Zabadani in the countryside of Damascus and two Shiite villages of
Fuaa and Kafraya in Idlib province.
Elsewhere, military sources in the
Southwestern battlefields said that the Syrian Army has advanced against the
al-Qaeda Affiliated terrorist group of al-Nusra, and has killed or wounded
scores of militants in the nearby areas of two villages in the province.
The sources said that the two villages
of Hamidia and Ofania were the scenes of heavy clashes between the Syrian Army
and the Nusra rebels which resulted in the killing of scores of militants.
TEHRAN, Aug 30, 2015 (FNA)- The Iraqi
army started fresh military operations to take control of a strategic region in
al-Anbar province, and killed tens of ISIL Takfiri terrorists in fierce
The army backed by warplanes are
advancing in Anbar province towards al-Khalediya region which is currently
under the control of the ISIL terrorists.
The Iraqi officials announced that at
least 45 Takfiri terrorists have been killed and their strongholds have been
destroyed in the Iraqi army raid.
On Wednesday, Iraqi forces and
volunteers reportedly retook the key Jubbah region in Iraq’s Western Anbar
province, driving out the ISIL Takfiri militants which had previously held it.
"Joint forces managed to free the
Jubbah Region in the Heet District," an informed source said.
This came as part of operation aimed to
re-take the city of Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, which was seized by
ISIL back in May.
The ISIL Takfiri terrorists currently
control shrinking swathes of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all
communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Ezadi Kurds and
others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq.
Senior Iraqi officials have blamed Saudi
Arabia, Qatar, and some Persian Gulf Arab states for the growing terrorism in
The ISIL has links with Saudi
intelligence and is believed to be indirectly supported by the Israeli regime.
ALKHOBAR/JEDDAH, 30 August, 2015: A fire
at the Aramco residential complex in Alkhobar early Sunday killed at least
eleven people and injured more than 200, civil defense officials said.
Some of the injured were in “critical
condition” and confined at nearby hospitals, the Civil Defense Department said.
It said the casualties were from “various nationalities.”
Preliminary investigation showed that
the fire started in the basement of one of the buildings at the Radium compound
in the eastern city. The cause of the fire is still being looked into, said the
Saudi Press Agency, quoting other officials.
Mohammed Siddique, an engineer who lives
nearby, said he first saw smoke coming from the complex at around 6 a.m. “I saw
at least 30 ambulances and three helicopters. The smoke was very heavy,” he
Siddique described the complex, which
includes multiple buildings, as relatively new and “nicely built” with a mix of
Western, Asian and Saudi residents. It is rented by Aramco and guarded by
security teams affiliated with the company, he said.
Emergency crews struggled to contain the
Residents of nearby buildings were
evacuated, with helicopters rescuing those fled to rooftops. By early
afternoon, Civil Defense officials put the number of injured at 219.
Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil
company in terms of crude production and exports, released a statement
confirming the fire at the residential complex, adding that the incident was
The company says it employs more than
61,000 workers worldwide from 77 countries.
Residents affected by the blaze were
being moved to alternate accommodation. Aramco promised to use “all means and
available resources” to help those affected.
(Additional input from Agencies)
By KHAAMA PRESS - Sun Aug 30 2015
ANA 2Ministry of Defense has announced
that Afghan forces have retaken Musa Qala District of southern Helmand province
A statement issued by the ministry
states that after 220 Taliban were killed and wounded in the operation, the
district came under government control around 01:00 am last night.
The press release adds that in the
clearance operation that is still ongoing, security forces have discovered and
defused hundreds of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs).
Taliban had captured the District after
severe clashes with security forces on Tuesday night.
After the district fall to Taliban,
Mohammad Sharif Khan the district governor of Musa Qala told media that Afghan
forces fought till they ran out of last bullet and food.
Taliban increased their attacks in an
attempt to seize areas from Afghan forces after they announced their ‘Spring
Offensive” in April.
But ministries of defense and interior
say Taliban area not in the position to hold an area longer.
By KHAAMA PRESS - Sat Aug 29 2015
Following the 9/11 terror attack in
Washington and New York by al-Qaeda terrorist network, the administration of
President George W. Bush considered using nuclear weapons against Afghanistan
to response the attacks, it has been reported.
The option to use nuclear weapons in
response to the terror attacks was reportedly confirmed by political advisor to
then-German Chancellor Gerhard Schroder.
In response to a question regarding the
option to use nuclear weapons Michael Steiner told the German daily newspaper
Der Spiegel “The papers were written.”
“They had really played through all
possibilities,” Steiner said, adding that Schroder had feared that the U.S.,
which was in a state of shock following the attacks, would overreact.
The attacks orchestrated by Al-Qaida’s
Osama bin Laden left nearly 3,000 people dead.
Steiner further added that Schroder
rejected his idea to publish a statement declaring “unconditional support” for
the United States.
According to the newspaper, Schroder
also rejected to join the US-led coalition in the military against Iraq in 2003
which further intensified tensions between him and the US President George
10Taliban infighting has left five
militants killed in southern Zabul province as gap over the appointment of the
new supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour has been widening within the
leadership of the militant group.
Mullah Ahmad Rabbani, who heads the
committee formed to resolve differences within the Taliban, says that the five
deaths occurred between the loyalists of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour and
Mullah Mansour Dadullah who is loyal to Mullah Omar’s family.
Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was
appointed as the supreme leader of Taliban after the death of Mullah Mohammad
Omar was confirmed.
But his appointment has been opposed by
several other Taliban leaders including Mullah Abdul Manan who is the brother
of Mullah Mohammad Omar.
These opposing Taliban commanders want
Mullah Omar’s son Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub as the successor to his father.
Mullah Rabani says Mullah Mansour
Dadullah is heading hundreds of gunmen in Zabul province to confront with those
supporting Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour.
He hoped that his committee would find a
solution to the leadership crisis and that Taliban would be unified again.
Two civilians killed and 12 others
wounded after rockets fired by the Taliban landed in residential areas in
Maidan Wardak province on Sunday.
Local officials say one rocket landed in
Karokhil village of Sayed Abad District around 10:00 am which left 12 civilians
The target of the rocket was reportedly
the nearby security check posts.
Three of the victims have been announced being
in critical condition.
The second rocket hit a home in Yousufkhil
village of the same district leaving two children killed.
Hayatullah Hayat the governor of Maidan
Wardak province has strongly condemned the attacks.
REUTERS — FP 30 08 15
LASHKAR GAH: Afghan government forces,
backed by Nato air strikes, have regained control of a key district in volatile
Helmand province after days of fierce fighting with Taliban insurgents,
provincial officials said on Sunday.
The fall of Musa Qala in Helmand to the
Taliban on Wednesday put government forces under more pressure than at any time
since most NATO combat troops withdrew at the end of last year, with no sign of
Helmand province in the south has seen
some of the fiercest battles over the course of the war that began almost 14
British forces lost more than 400 men
trying to defeat the Taliban and some 350 US Marines were also killed there.
“A comprehensive operation led by chief
of the army staff, managed to retake Musa Qala in which 220 enemies were killed
and wounded,” Afghanistan's defence ministry said in a statement.
British and Afghan troops first wrenched
Musa Qala, a town of about 20,000 people that straddles opium farms and
smuggling routes, from the Taliban eight years ago before the Islamist
militants won it back four days ago.
US aircraft from Nato's Resolute Support
mission had carried out 18 air strikes over the past week trying to push the
Taliban from the district, coalition spokesman Brian Tribus said. Some foreign
soldiers had also helped on the ground, Tribus said.
A man in Afghan military uniform opened
fire last week in Camp Bastion, a former British base in Helmand now run by the
Afghan army, killing two US service personnel before being shot and wounded.
Violence has increased sharply across
Afghanistan since the US-led military coalition formally ended its combat
mission last year and left a contingent of about 12,000 Nato troops to train
and assist Afghan forces fighting the Taliban-led insurgency.
By ZABIHULLAH MOOSAKHAIL - Sun Aug 30
StA special gathering was organized at
the Presidential Palace on Sunday to mark the completion of 100 years of
The gathering was attended by Germany’s
Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President
Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Abdullah and other high
Steinmeier while expressing gratitude
over the Afghanistan-Germany friendship said that they will continue their
assistance with Afghanistan.
Steinmeier said that his country will
not only assist Afghanistan economically but will also play role to improve the
capacity Afghan security forces.
He said the purpose of this assistance
is to help Afghanistan stand on its feet.
Germany is one of the countries playing
a key role in the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
Although, there were contacts and
friendly relations between Afghanistan and Germany for more than 100 years but
they reached a friendship and trade agreement in January 1916.
AFP — 30. 08 2015
DEBIGANJ: As thousands of Bangladeshis
and Indians celebrated the end of one of the world's most intractable border
disputes, Fatema Khatun was quietly hopeful of finally seeing justice.
Fifteen years after Khatun's husband,
Badshah Mia, was hacked to death and his body dumped on a canal bank near their
home along the border, no one has been charged with his murder.
But the mother of six is praying that
this month's historic land swap between the two countries along their frontier
— sparking wild celebrations — means the case will at last be investigated.
“There were 15 to 20 attackers... they
hacked him repeatedly, cutting open his skull,” the 45-year-old said, wiping
When the attack occurred, Khatun lived
in what was then the enclave of Dahala-Khagrabari, a small island of Indian
land locked inside Bangladesh.
The case fell under India's
jurisdiction. But it has always been too difficult for Indian police to gain
permission to cross the border into Bangladesh to investigate.
Read: Bangladesh, India in historic land
swap after 70 years
For almost 70 years, some 50,000
residents like Khatun living in a string of enclaves struggled in stateless
limbo, cut off from their national governments and unable to access vital
services like hospitals, schools and police.
The isolation meant criminals acted
largely with impunity, resulting in scores of grisly murders, rapes and
looting, while precious farmland was grabbed from villagers by more powerful
ones, without recourse.
In Dahala-Khagrabari, home to 7,500
people, at least a dozen murders were committed in the last 30 years, but no
one was punished, Rabbul Alam, head of the enclave's citizens committee, told AFP.
In one day alone, in Lothamari enclave,
13 people were slaughtered with no prosecutions.
“I still remember that day. Hundreds of
villagers attacked a group of men who grabbed a piece of land illegally. They
killed them one after another and then dumped their bodies in a well,”
Lothamari villager Jashiar Rahman Dulal said.
Minority Hindus living in the 111 Indian
enclaves in Bangladesh bore the brunt of attacks from their Muslim-majority
neighbours, according to locals.
The territories also became a magnet for
smugglers and other criminals who fled inside the enclaves on both sides of the
border to hide and escape arrest, locals said.
Eyes gouged out
With no police presence, local residents
tried to hand down their own form of justice, by electing committees to resolve
disputes and dole out fines for minor offences.
But with no way of enforcing the
punishments, they were often ignored.
Johura Bewa says attackers gouged out
her husband's eyes and left him dead some 40 years ago, as he was guarding his
cattle in Dashiar Chhara enclave.
She says the local committee ordered the
main suspect, an influential villager, to donate a piece of farmland to Bewa as
compensation, but she never received it.
“I became a pauper after the murder. I
had to struggle hard to provide food for my four children,” Bewa said, adding
that she now hoped to see justice before she died.
The enclaves dated back to ownership
arrangements made centuries ago between local princes.
The parcels of land survived partition
of the subcontinent in 1947 after British rule, and Bangladesh's 1971 war of
independence with Pakistan.
Bangladesh endorsed a deal with India in
1974 in a bid to dissolve the pockets, but India only signed a final agreement
in June when Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Dhaka.
Agreement had stalled because of
domestic opposition in parts of India where anti-Bangladesh sentiment runs
high, but Modi's strong electoral mandate allowed him to push a deal through
On August 1, the 162 enclaves — 111 in
Bangladesh and 51 in India — were officially nonexistent and the territories
handed over to the nations that surround them.
Both governments have since unveiled
plans to build roads, schools and clinics for their new territories.
Hopes for justice
Khatun's son, Bulbul Islam, said he
planned to file a case at a nearby police station over his father's murder in
Dahala-Khagrabari, which is now part of Bangladesh.
“Most of the people who killed my father
are now dead. The two men who led the attack on my father were themselves
murdered by other people. But still we want justice,” Islam told AFP.
Bangladesh laws permit investigations
even decades after crimes are committed. But local authorities are not sure
whether they can probe the murders and other crimes that, at the time, took
place in India.
“If any families lodge any complaints,
we'll consider them only in the light of the country's laws,” local police
superintendent Tobarak Ullah told AFP. “But at least the enclave people should
be delighted that those days of lawlessness are now over.“
The project would be financially supported
by USAID and administered by the Ministry of Education in partnership with
The five-year program with a budget of
$75 million will provide community-based education in non-formal classrooms in
13 provinces of Afghanistan. The curriculum and textbooks for this program are
approved by the Ministry of Education.
The program will focus on reaching
children unable to access formalized schools due to insecurity, difficult
terrain or distance. It will also reach older Afghans who missed out on education
as children by offering accelerated learning programs.
“Community-Based Education is a proven
method for reaching underserved school-age children,
“It is especially significant for girls
because research has shown that if schools are in the villages parents will
send their daughters to school.” said P. Michael McKinley the U.S. Ambassador
“The initiative will enable 100,000
children, including girls, in 13 disadvantaged provinces to benefit from
education from Grade one to 3,
“In addition, with generous support from
USAID, a three-year accelerated learning program will enable 20,000
out-of-school children to complete their primary education.” said UNICEF Deputy
Country Representative Dr. L.N. Balaji.
Meanwhile, Asadullah Hanif Balkhi the
Minister of Education this is the best to provide education services for
children in remote and rural areas.
“The Ministry of Education believes
Community-Based Education and Accelerated Learning Centres are the best
approaches to provide education services for children in remote and rural
areas,” he said.
Balkhi added that after studying in
these non-formal classrooms form three years, the students would then be
admitted to formal schools.
“These students will study in classes in
their village for three years, after completion, the students will be admitted
to grade four at formal schools nearby their villages.” He said.
Ukrainian citizen kidnapped in Afghanistan
UkraineA Ukrainian citizen who was
kidnapped by armed men earlier this year has been released after joint efforts
by Afghan and Russian authorities, The Russian Foreign Ministry said in
statement on Saturday.
“We are glad that our efforts helped
save the life of the Ukrainian citizen and restore his freedom,” Russian
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said in a statement.
Russian officials say Dmitry Bely is now
safe and that they are ready to hand him over to Ukrainian officials in
Afghanistan at any convenient time.
Russia’s RT news has published the
footage of a man identified as Bely who is meeting Russian Ambassador to
Afghanistan Alexander Mantytskiy to thank the Russian authorities for their
help in rescuing him.
“I want to thank you personally, along
with your colleagues, for providing help. The situation felt desperate, but,
thank God, everything has been resolved,” Bely said.
Russian Ambassador to Afghanistan
Alexander Mantytskiy said the next step would be checking the man’s identity
and physical condition, as procedure requires.
Dmitry Bely was working for a
construction company when he was taken hostage by armed men in Afghanistan
earlier this year.
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry later
confirmed the abduction and said that they are in contact with Afghan side to
resolve the situation.
“We have received an appeal of his wife
Ukrainian citizens about the disappearance of his husband in Afghanistan. We
have asked the competent authorities, as well as our diplomats tasked to verify
this information. Now our diplomats find out the circumstances of the incident
and are working to resolve the situation in close cooperation with the Afghan
side,” said Marjan Betz the spokesman for Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry.
The Ministry of Urban Development
Affairs of Afghanistan (MUDA) inaugurated new as well as completed urban
development projects in the remote north-eastern Badakhshan province of
The projects were inaugurated during
Urban Development Affairs Minister Syed Sadat Mansoor Naderi’s visit to this
The inauguration of construction work of
the first private town and the newly built building of the provincial urban
development directorate were among the two major projects inaugurated during his
first day of visit.
The new building of the urban
development directorate in Badakhshan province has been completed with the
financial help of Germany, according to MUDA.
The construction work of the first
private town – Makhdoom Esmatullah town also kicked off with the formal
inauguration after the legal formalities of the town was completed with the
relevant government institutions including the Ministry of Urban Development
According to the ministry, the town will
house 200 residential plots and will cover 65 acres of land in Dasht-e-Qarq in
Faizabad, the capital city of Badakhshan province.
Mr. Naderi will also will visit the
project sites as well as water reservoirs and will review the problems and
challenges facing the urban development sector in this province.
A delegation of high level government
officials including provincial governor Shahwali Adeeb, head of the provincial
council Abdullah Naji, provincial urban development director Eng. Tahir
Yaqoobi, Lawmaker Amanullah Paiman representing Badakhshan in the Afghan
parliament, Director of the Municipalities in Independent Directorate of the
Local Governance Abdul Baqi Popal, Director of the Water Company Dad Mohammad
Baheer and Economic Advisor to Urban Development Ministry Amir Hamza Sahrahi.
AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE, 30 August 2015
ANKARA: Turkish planes have for the
first time joined raids by the US-led coalition against Daesh positions in
Syria, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Saturday.
“Our fighter planes ... along with
planes from the coalition yesterday evening began joint operations against
(Daesh) targets which pose a threat to the security of our country,” it said in
US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last
week called on Turkey to play a full part in the US-led air campaign against
Daesh and take better control of its border with Syria.
He said Ankara had agreed in principle
to join the anti-Daesh coalition but should add its own warplanes to the “air
tasking order,” the military structure coordinating strikes.
“They need to join the ATO (Air Tasking
Order) and they need to work more on controlling their border. And we’ve made
that clear,” he said.
“Their leadership has indicated that
this needs to be done. It’s overdue, because it’s a year into the campaign, but
they’re indicating some considerable effort now.”
Turkey agreed last month to step up its
involvement in the war raging across its southern border in Syria and to allow
US planes to launch strikes from a Turkish base.
TEHRAN, Aug 30, 2015 (FNA)- The
violation of the ceasefire in the countryside of Damascus and Idlib province
has been orchestrated by the Turkish government, media reports said.
Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group has
received orders from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to violate the
ceasefire between the government and the militants in the town of Zabadani in
Damascus countryside and two Shiite villages of Fuaa and Kafraya in Idlib
province, the Arabic-language Al-Watan newspaper reported.
"One of the reasons that the ceasefire
was violated was because Ahrar al-Sham called for complete withdrawal of the
Syrian troops from the villages of Kafraya and Fuaa in Idlib," Al-Watan
quoted Secretary General of the Syrian Solidarity Party Mohammad Abolqassem as
On Saturday, the Syrian army and the
Lebanese Hezbollah resistance forces kicked off fresh military operations to
seize back Zabadani.
The army and the resistance forces
started their operations to take control of al-Mazaya town in the Southern
parts of Zabadani as the 48-hour ceasefire with the militants ended on
Ahrar al-Sham terrorist group resumed
artillery fire on the two towns of Fuaa and Kafraya to violate the ceasefire.
The ceasefire was announced in Zabadani
while the terrorists have been surrounded by the Syrian army and resistance
forces one and a half kilometers from the city center.
The local ceasefires happen from time to
time in parts of Syria to allow humanitarian aid to be delivered.
AFP | Aug 30, 2015
FLORENCE (Italy): The deal to curb
Iran's nuclear programme will bolster Tehran's ability to fund global terrorism
by providing the Islamic state with "billions of dollars" in
sanctions relief, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declared.
"Iran will get hundreds of billions
of dollars from sanctions relief and investments to fuel its aggression and
terrorism in the Middle East and North Africa and beyond," Netanyahu — who
is bitterly opposed to the deal agreed by Iran and world powers in July — said
during a visit to the Italian city of Florence.
The Israeli leader is on a tour of Italy
— his first major overseas visit since being re-elected in June.
Speaking ahead of a meeting yesterday
evening with his Italian counterpart Matteo Renzi he compared the threat posed
by the Islamic State jihadist group with the "far more serious
threat...posed by another Islamic state, the Islamic state of Iran and
specifically its pursuit of nuclear weapons".
Israel was not opposed to Iran having a
civilian nuclear program, he said, but the deal hammered out in the Swiss city
of Lausanne would allow Tehran "to keep and extend a formidable
infrastructure that is completely unnecessary for civilian nuclear purposes but
is entirely necessary for the production of nuclear weapons," Netanyahu
Iran denies trying to develop nuclear
weapons, insisting its atomic programme is peaceful.
TEHRAN, Aug 30, 2015 (FNA)- Iranian
Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli announced the country's plans to use
optical cameras to increase control over bordering areas.
"At present, we are busy with
transferring fiberoptics to the bordering areas to control the borders by
mounting optical cameras," Rahmani Fazli said on Sunday.
Reminding Iran's lengthy border with its
neighbours, he expressed displeasure in the neighbouring states' (Afghanistan,
Pakistan and Iraq) lax control over the common borders.
Rahmani Fazli, meantime, underlined the
Iranian border guards' intelligence superiority and control over the terrorist
and anti-revolutionary groups, including various Takfiri, Taliban, ISIL and
al-Qaeda groups, and said despite the fact that some of them are active near
the country's shared borders with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq, they don’t
dare to make any aggression against Iran and a large number of their members
have been arrested and their weapons and ammunitions have been seized.
He said that at present the terrorist
groups don’t dare to approach areas any closer than 20km away from the Iranian
borders, describing the overall security situation at the country's borders as
In relevant remarks in 2014, former
Commander of the Iranian Border Guards Units General Hossein Zolfaqari
underlined that his forces would use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to patrol
the country's borders.
"We are in the process of signing
contracts with the manufacturing companies to use drones for protecting the
country's borders," Zolfaqari told reporters at the time.
Also in February, a senior Iranian
official said the country's border guards were using drones to monitor every
move along the borderlines.
"The border guards are controlling
Iran's Eastern borders by the help of drones," Deputy Head of Iran's
Anti-Drug Council Assadollah Hadinejad told FNA on Sunday.
"We have also erected closed
circuit cameras along the Eastern borders …," he added.
In November, Hadinejad announced that
the country's Eastern borders will be fully sealed to make any sneaking by drug
traffickers (and terrorists) impossible.
"Nearly all borders of the country
have been sealed off and only a small portion of the Southeastern borders is
left, which will be sealed off in the coming months to prevent sneaking of drug
traffickers into the country," Hadinejad told FNA at the time.
He underlined that Iran's all-out
efforts to tighten control over the borders, and said it will not take much
time to seal the remaining borders of the country.
SYED ALI SHAH, Aug 30 2015
QUETTA: At least two engineers were
killed on Sunday as a result of a militant attack on Jiwani aiport, near the
Pak-Iran coastal border in Balochistan's Gwadar district.
Police sources told DawnNews unknown
miscreants opened fire at the airport and killed electronics superintendent
identified as Khalilullah during the attack.
The assailants had also kidnapped
electronics engineer Mehmudullah Niazi from the airport. Niazi's bullet-ridden
body was later found from a nearby area.
Police sources said that the kidnapped
engineer was shot from a close range.
At least six miscreants riding
motorcycles were involved in the attack on Jiwani airport, police said.
According to sources, security was not
tight in and around the airport at the time of attack.
The assailants sped away on their
motorcycles after the attack.
Police and personnel of other law
enforcement agencies reached the site and started investigation into the
There was no immediate claim of
responsibility for the attack.
In the past, militants attacked the
Pasni Radar Station in the region.
Balochistan Chief Minister Abdul Malik
Baloch also condemned the attack and expresses grief over the loss of innocent
He also directed the district
administration and police officials to file a report in this regard.
BUREAU REPORT — 30 08 15
PESHAWAR: Fourteen suspected militants
were killed in Shawal, North Waziristan, in air strikes by the Pakistan Air
Force on Saturday.
A statement issued by the Inter Services
Public Relations said warplanes carried out precise aerial strikes near the
However, the official claim about the
number of casualties could not be verified independently.
The security forces launched the final
phase of operation Zarb-i-Azb in North Waziristan to purge the area of
terrorists and their safe havens.
AFP adds: According to military
officials, more than 2,800 suspected militants have been killed since the
launch of the latest offensive early this month.
MATEEN HAIDER | IRFAN HAIDER, Aug. 30,
ISLAMABAD: US National Security Adviser
(NSA) Susan Rice called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday. She was
accompanied by Senior Director for South Asian Affairs at the US National
Security Council Dr. Peter Lavoy and Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Olson.
The meeting focused on matters of
bilateral interest and the future of Pakistan-US relations.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took Rice
into confidence regarding prevailing security situation in the region,
particularly the relations with India and Afghanistan.
The Pakistani side, which included
Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj
Aziz, Prime Minister's Special Assistant Tariq Fatemi and Foreign Secretary
Aizaz Chaudhry, conveyed Pakistan’s concerns over the block in disbursement of
the next tranche of Coalition Support Fund (CSF). Pakistan emphasised to US NSA
the restoration of the fund next year.
Matters related to the war on terror and
security and counter-terrorism efforts between Pakistan and the US came under
The premier apprised the NSA on
Pakistan’s efforts for bringing peace and stability in Afghanistan.
A peaceful and stable Afghanistan is not
only of regional interest, but also in Pakistan’s interest, the prime minister
On relations with New Delhi, Nawaz said
Pakistan wanted to hold a meaningful and objective dialogue on all outstanding
issues with India.
He also informed the US delegation the
reasons behind the cancellation of talks between NSAs of India and Pakistan.
Nawaz said that the US is an important
partner of Pakistan in all areas especially economy, defence and
counter-terrorism. He said that Pakistan sees its relations with the US as a
partnership which is in the interest of the two countries, the region and the
The prime minister said that he was
looking forward to his visit to the US in October this year as an opportunity
to further strengthen the ties between the two countries.
Rice underscored the importance of
strong Pakistan-US relations. She noted the positive direction of ongoing
cooperation between the two countries especially in the areas of defence,
economy and energy sectors.
Rice expressed appreciation for the
sacrifices made by the Pakistan Army and Pakistani nation in the efforts to
root out terrorism and extremism and the success achieved so far.
She lauded Pakistan’s role in bringing
regional stability by holding the first round of Taliban dialogue in Islamabad.
She also expressed appreciation for the
premier’s vision of a peaceful neighbourhood.
Rice assured the Pakistani delegation
that Pakistan's concerns regarding issuance of CSF and security issues will be
conveyed to the White House.
The US has been reimbursing Pakistan for
operations and maintenance costs incurred in direct support of its operations
in Afghanistan since 2001. So far $13 billion has been reimbursed to Pakistan
under this arrangement.
The CSF arrangement was supposed to end
with the completion of the drawdown in Dec 2014, but the US government late
last year extended the programme for another year through legislation which
envisaged additional conditions, including a requirement for certification by
the defence secretary that military operations in North Waziristan have
significantly disrupted the safe haven and freedom of movement of the Haqqani
network in Pakistan.
The certification has to be made by the
US defence secretary to congressional committees after every six months.
In a move that has blocked the
disbursement of the next tranche of CSF, the US told Pakistan that it would not
be certifying to the Congress that its (Pakistani) counter-terrorism operation
in North Waziristan damaged the Haqqani network.
The last tranche of $337 million was
received by Pakistan last month. The non-certification will affect the
disbursement of the next instalment.
Doubts have been expressed in the past
by both the US and Afghanistan that the Haqqani network has been spared in the
Operation Zarb-i-Azb. But it’s the first time that the US has taken such a
Pakistani military has, however, been
insisting that “terrorists of all shades” were targeted in Zarb-i-Azb launched
in June last year.
German foreign minister due to arrive in
Foreign Minister of Germany Dr
Frank-Walter Steinmeier will visit Pakistan on an official visit beginning on
During his stay Dr Steinmeier will hold
a meeting with Premier Nawaz Sharif and hold formal talks with Adviser to the
Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs and National Security Sartaj Aziz.
"Pak-German bilateral ties,
regional security situation and Afghanistan would be focus of discussion during
the visit," a FO source told DawnNews.
Lahore, Aug 30, 2015, There has been a
feeling in all Muslim League factions except PML-N, that they should be united
and form a new political force to challenge the PML-N and Imran Khan’s Pakistan
Pakistan’s former military dictator
Pervez Musharraf could soon stage a political comeback as head of a new party
combining all factions of the Muslim League except the ruling PML-N of Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif, ahead of local body elections.
Full report on:
THE NEWSPAPER'S STAFF REPORTER — 30 08
LAHORE: The PIA has suspended four
senior officials from service in connection with Toronto human smuggling case.
The FIA last month had arrested two PIA
officials on charges of boarding a passenger on a Toronto-bound flight without
Passenger Muhammad Akram had a visa for
Dubai but he was issued two boarding cards – one for Dubai and the other for
Toronto. Akram had sought asylum in Canada after reaching there.
“We have suspended four more senior
officials – Lahore district manager Salimullah Shahni, Toronto station manager
Ejaz Shah, General Manager Passenger Services Aamir Bashir and Ramp Services
manager Daud Durrani – from service in connection with the Toronto human
smuggling case,” PIA spokesman Aamir Memon told Dawn on Saturday.
He said the PIA had already sacked three
officials of passenger services in connection with the case. He said the PIA
had “zero tolerance” for human smuggling and would not spare any of its
officials involved in the crime.
The dismissed employees – Hammad Butt,
senior passenger services officer and Asif Arzani Khan, the reservation and
ticketing officer – have been arrested by FIA and investigation is under way.
Another dismissed employee, a woman, is
on pre-arrest bail.
The FIA has also taken into custody
another passenger services employee, Zulfiqr Dar, for interrogation.
Islamabad, Aug 30, 2015, in his meeting
with Rice, Sharif, while talking about ties with India, informed the US delegation
the reasons behind the cancellation of talks between NSAs of India and
Pakistan, Dawn News reported.
Sharif said Pakistan wants to hold a
“meaningful” and “objective” dialogue on all outstanding issues with New Delhi.
Rice arrived in Pakistan on a day-long
visit to exchange views on various matters and prepare agenda for Sharif’s
visit to the US in October.
A statement by Sharif’s office, that
made no direct reference to his comments on ties with India, said the meeting
“focused on matters of bilateral interest and the future of Pakistan-US
“The situation in the region also came
under discussion,” it said without giving details.
Media reports have said the US National
Security Advisor is here on an “emergency visit” as part of the American effort
to reduce the ongoing tension between the two neighbours.
Her visit coincides with an escalation
in tension between Pakistan and India along the Line of Control (LoC). There
have been 55 ceasefire violations by Pakistan in August, and more than 245 during
the year so far.
Also, Pakistan called off the scheduled
NSA-level talks between the two countries at the last minute over India’s
refusal to allow Islamabad to have consultations with Kashmiri
The White House has, however, asserted
that Rice’s visit was planned in advance and this was not emergency visit due
the increasing tension.
During the meeting today, Sharif said
the US is an important partner of Pakistan in all areas especially economy,
defence and counter-terrorism.
He said Pakistan sees its ties with the
US as a partnership which is in the interest of the two countries, the region
and the world.
Sharif said he was looking forward to
his US visit in October as an opportunity to strengthen bilateral ties.
By Web Desk: August 30, 2015
Pakistan is expected to become the sixth
largest nation in the world by 2050, according to data published by Population
Reference Bureau (PRB).
The data lists down ten countries that
will receive the greatest increase in population by 2050. Pakistan which is
listed number six on the list is expected to reach a population of 344 million
as the world population reaches 9,7 billion in 2050.
Further, India tops the list as the
world’s largest country in 2050 as its population is expected to grow to 1,660
million. Whereas, China makes it to number two and United States to number
three as the largest countries by population in 2050.
An earlier report by the Population
Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations
also revealed similar findings.
The report predicted that between 2015
and 2050, half of the world’s population growth is expected to be concentrated
in nine countries, including Pakistan, India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of
the Congo, Ethiopia, United Republic of Tanzania, United States of America, Indonesia
and Uganda, while confirming that Pakistan’s population is expected to surpass
300 million by 2050.
The report also indicated a key increase
in population in African countries making, one-third of the world African by
Commenting on the population-data
revelations, Wu Hongbo, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social
Affairs said: “Understanding the demographic changes that are likely to unfold
over the coming years, as well as the challenges and opportunities that they
present for achieving sustainable development, is key to the design and
implementation of the new development agenda.”
However, Jennifer Blanke, chief
economist for World Economic Forum expressed concern about the report,
questioning how the governments will manage the growing populations in the
“If these countries are to meet the
needs of their rapidly growing populations, they have to be able to deliver
both sustainable economic growth and social inclusion. But while almost
everyone agrees with that, we’re still struggling to establish the best way of
achieving it. That’s something political, business and civil society leaders
will need to work together on, and is indeed the main goal of the initiative
I’m leading.” She said.
This article originally appeared on CNN.
30 August 2015
Germany, France and Britain have issued
a joint call for an urgent meeting of EU ministers to find concrete measures to
cope with the escalating migration crisis.
A statement from the home affairs
ministers of the three countries said they had “asked the Luxembourg presidency
to organise a special meeting of justice and interior ministers within the next
two weeks, so as to find concrete steps” to deal with the situation.
The three “underlined the necessity to
take immediate action to deal with the challenge from the migrant influx”.
The call came after Germany’s Thomas de
Maizière, Britain’s Theresa May and France’s Bernard Cazeneuve spoke about the
crisis on the sidelines of a meeting in Paris on Saturday on transport security
after passengers thwarted an attack on a high-speed train from Amsterdam to
Earlier this month, May visited Calais
to inspect new security measures aimed at preventing migrants from reaching
England via the Channel tunnel. Up to 5,000 displaced people are estimated to
be in the French port, with at least nine known to have died trying to make the
journey into Britain since June.
Unprecedented numbers of migrants are
reaching EU borders, surpassing 100,000 in July alone and reaching more than
340,000 this year so far. Italy and Greece are struggling to cope, while
Macedonia has declared a state of emergency.
The Italian Prime Minister, Matteo
Renzi, said on Sunday he believed the migrant crisis would push the EU to adopt
uniform rules for refugees in place of the current patchwork of laws and
approaches. “It will take months, but we will have a single European policy on
asylum, not as many policies as there are countries,” he told the Corriere
The French, British and German statement
specifically called for reception centres to be set up urgently in Italy and
Greece to register new arrivals, and for a common EU list of “safe countries of
origin” to be established, which would theoretically allow asylum applications
to be fast-tracked for specific nationalities.
Germany, which is expecting to receive
800,000 asylum seekers this year, has been pushing for such a list, arguing
that it would free up resources to help those fleeing war and persecution.
The call comes after May, the UK home
secretary, said current levels of migration were unsustainable and that only
European migrants with a job lined up should be allowed into the UK.
Her comments came after figures from the
Office for National Statistics showed migration to Britain had hit a record
high, reaching 330,000 in the past year to March. The rise comes despite a
pledge made by David Cameron in 2011 to bring down immigration to the tens of
“Net migration at that volume is simply
unsustainable,” May wrote in an editorial in the Sunday Times. “It puts
pressure on infrastructure, such as housing and transport – and public
services, such as schools and hospitals.”
She argued that the biggest single
factor preventing the government from meeting its immigration target was net
migration from the EU. “While net migration from outside the EU is 10% lower
than it was in 2010, net migration from within the EU has more than doubled,”
May said. “That is why this government’s renegotiation of Britain’s
relationship with the EU is so important.”
The promise of an in/out referendum on
Britain’s membership of the EU before the end of 2017 was a key element of the
Conservative party’s general election manifesto. Cameron, the UK prime minister,
has promised to secure a better deal for Britain in the EU before campaigning
for continued membership.
May said countries across Europe were
realising that the Schengen agreement – which created Europe’s borderless area
– has exacerbated the migration crisis that has dominated the continent this
“The events of this summer have shown
that the most tragic consequences of a broken European migration system have
been borne by those at risk of exploitation,” she said. “And the greatest
beneficiaries have been the callous gangs who sell false dreams and trade on
the free borders within the EU.”
May said that suggesting migration
cannot be controlled within the EU – which gives freedom of movement to member
state nationals – was “defeatist and wrong” and flies in the face of the
“Reducing net EU migration need not mean
undermining the principle of free movement. When it was first enshrined, free
movement meant the freedom to move to a job, not the freedom to cross borders
to look for work or claim benefits.”
Four in 10 of the migrants who came to
the UK last year came with no job waiting for them, said May, and this “search
for a better life” has had huge economic costs for the countries they’ve left
“A third of Portugal’s qualified nurses
have migrated; 20% of the Czech Republic’s medical graduates leave as soon as
they qualify; nearly 500 doctors are leaving Bulgaria every year.”
Cameron will continue his attempt to
renegotiate the terms of the UK’s membership of the EU on Friday, visiting
Lisbon for talks with the portuguese prime minister, Pedro Passos Coehlo,
before traveling to Madrid where he will meet the Spanish prime minister,
A Downing street spokesperson said: “The
prime minister has been clear on the four areas where the UK is seeking reform
of the European Union. Technical talks on these issues are now underway and
while these talks take place, he will continue to hold discussions with his
counterparts – including in Portugal and Spain this Friday – in order to secure
reforms that address the concerns of the British people.”
30 Aug 2015
The ministry said on Sunday it objected
to John Casson's comments, calling them "unacceptable interference"
in the country's judiciary.
The Cairo court sentenced Egyptian Baher
Mohamed and Canadian Mohamed Fahmy to three years in prison while Australian
Peter Greste was sentenced in absentia.
Speaking in Arabic after the verdict,
Casson said he was concerned the sentencings could "undermine confidence
in the basis of Egypt's stability, both in Egypt and abroad".
The comments were posted on the British
embassy's Facebook page, and were met with a wave of negative reaction in
Arabic and English.
Meanwhile on Saturday, Britain's
minister for the Middle East and North Africa, Tobias Ellwood, said he was
"deeply concerned by the sentences".
Ellwood said that the "sentences
will undermine confidence in Egypt’s progress towards strong long-term
stability based on implementing the rights granted by the Egyptian
The journalists and Al Jazeera
vigorously denied the accusations during the course of the trial.
Speaking from Sydney on Saturday, Greste
said he was "shocked" by the court's decision and that the verdicts
were "unjust" and "unethical".
"We will do everything we can to
fight the verdict to clear our names. We are not terrorists. We did not collude
with any organisation. We did not broadcast any false news," Greste said.
Greste called on Egyptian President
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to pardon the journalists and said the president "now
has an opportunity to undo that injustice".
Trying to do their jobs
Saturday's verdicts prompted
A spokesman for the UN high commissioner
for human rights, Prince Zeid bin Raad, said: "We are very disturbed by
these three sentences and the extra pressure it creates on journalists in Egypt
who are just trying to do their jobs."
The European Union said the verdict was
"a setback for freedom of expression in Egypt".
Al Jazeera 'sickened' by Egypt court
Al Jazeera has said it plans to file an
appeal before the Court of Cassation.
In January, an appeals court ordered a
retrial, saying the initial verdict lacked evidence against the three
Lynne Yelich, the Canadian minister of
state for foreign and consular affairs, issued a statement after the verdict
calling on Egyptian authorities to release Fahmy.
"Canada is disappointed with
Mohamed Fahmy's conviction today. This decision severely undermines confidence in the rule of law in
Egypt," Yelich said.
"The government of Canada continues
to call on the Egyptian government to use all tools at its disposal to resolve
Mr Fahmy's case and allow his immediate return to Canada."
Victoria Schneider | 27 Aug 2015
Recklinghausen, Germany - The phone call
came out of the blue one day last summer, recalls Naser Alameen. The Syrian was
on his way home when a voice asked: "Do you want to be relocated?"
For two years, the 52-year-old man and
his family had been living between the highway and the sea on a farm south of
Beirut, Lebanon. After they were forced to flee their war-torn village near
Idlib in Syria, a Lebanese farmer gave them shelter in a small, one room stone
shack in the middle of his banana plantation.
Together they numbered 20 people,
including Alameen, his wife and five of their children, brother-in-law and
family, along with neighbours and their relatives from Syria.
"Why not?" he replied to the
woman from UNHCR on the other end of the phone. "Anything is better than
The Alameens were among 20,000 people
selected to take part in a resettlement programme for Syrian refugees in
Germany, a joint initiative between the United Nations and the German
Naser Alameen and 19 others shared a
room of about 10 square metres [Victoria Schneider/Al Jazeera]
"We target the most vulnerable of
the registered refugees," Audrey Bernard, from the UNHCR office in Beirut,
told Al Jazeera.
Every day, Bernard and her team screen a
database of 1.2 million names and choose potential cases matching situations
provided by countries willing to take in refugees.
Chance at new life
"They had the flexibility and the
legislation allowing admission of asylum seekers in their territory faster than
standard resettlement procedures," said Bernard, commenting on the
Alameens' fit with Germany.
The European country was the first to
allow certain Syrians registered in Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt to
move there without a protracted asylum application procedure.
About half of all those selected have
successfully arrived in the Federal Republic of Germany, where they have a
chance to integrate and build a new life.
Thomas Langwald from the German Office
for Migration and Refugees explained the programme, which costs the state about
$14m, specifically targets families that "cannot return to Syria" and
would have difficulty settling in the country they first fled to.
Every candidate has to undergo numerous
interviews, collective and individual, as well as medical check-ups. Every file
is thoroughly vetted by both United Nations and German authorities.
"We have to make sure the people
have no criminal record or ties to terrorist organisations," explained
The Alameens were approved in March
2015. A month later they boarded a chartered plane in Beirut and left the
Everything was different in Germany -
the bread, the language, the opening hours of the supermarket, recalled
Alameen, sitting in the room the family shares in their temporary shelter.
At a transit camp in Friedland village,
the family discovered the deep culture differences that set them apart from the
"We miss Syria," said Hend,
Alameen's wife. "Suddenly it is so far away."
The resettlement programme tries to
buffer the culture shock.
Upon arrival, they are granted temporary
residence for two years. They get work permits and receive social grants and
free healthcare. Relocated Syrians get free German integration classes to learn
the language and culture.
The asylum system, however, is becoming
overwhelmed in Germany.
The thousands of undocumented refugees
arriving in Europe every day can only dream of the benefits afforded families
such as the Alameens, who are unofficially known as "first class
Asylum applications for those arriving
in Germany through other means can take months to be processed, which means
months of uncertainty as they are unable to work, live in overcrowded hostels
with no privacy, and realise the low chance of having their applications
In the first seven months of 2015,
Germany received 195,000 asylum applications. That's more than twice as many as
the same period of 2014, when it received 80,000. One-fifth of the applicants -
nearly 42,100 - are from Syria.
According to the interior ministry,
Germany received 140,000 refugees from Syria since the conflict started in
2011. "We are reaching our limits," said Langwald.
That's one of the reasons why Germany
has not submitted a fourth relocation pledge to the UN. "We are hoping for
a pan-European solution, which Germany will then be part of," Langwald
While the resettlement programme is
meticulously organised, municipalities are struggling to cope with the influx
of newcomers. Sports venues and old warehouses have been transformed into
"Yalla, show what you've
learned," Naser Alameen told his youngest daughter, Amina. The young girl
timidly recited the alphabet and numbers, up to 20, in German.
The family was allocated a home for free
in Recklinghausen, a town in the former coal region in the west of Germany. It
has three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen, and a bathroom. Volunteers gave
them two sofas.
Many refugees, such as the Alameens,
would be without furniture if it weren't for local support.
"Without the voluntary refugee
organisations it wouldn't work," said Esther Aderholz, a German official.
The Alameens get free healthcare, the
children are learning German at a nearby school, and they've discovered a
Turkish supermarket where they can buy Middle Eastern food - including Lebanese
bread and Arabic yogurt - which makes them feel more at home.
Naser Alameen still finds the language
barrier challenging, expressing frustration that he cannot communicate while
running simple errands.
But the family has found support in
fellow refugees and neighbours who are happy to accompany the Alameens and
Yet, Naser and Hend Alameen haven't been
able to leave their old life behind completely.
They worry for their relatives in Syria
and Lebanon. Their eldest son was killed in Turkey last year. Their second son,
who also lived in Turkey, is facing problems after attempting to return to
"He has changed, we don't know what
happened. His friend was killed, he is living on the streets," Hend said
as tears rolled down her face. "My heart cannot rest until he is safe.
Shafik Mandhai | 29 Aug 2015
The British Library has decided not to
acquire an archive of Taliban documents over fears that researchers accessing
the materials could fall foul of the country's terrorism laws.
In a statement posted on its website on
Friday, the library acknowledged that the collection was of research value, but
some of the material would present "restrictions" on the library's
ability to provide access to the archive.
"The Terrorism Act places specific
responsibilities on anyone in the UK who might provide access to terrorist
publications, and the legal advice received jointly by the British Library and
other similar institutions advises against making this type of material
accessible," the statement read.
What does the death of Mullah Omar mean
for the Taliban?
The library had been in talks with the
consultancy, Thesigers, which represents the Taliban Sources Project, to
provide access to the digitised collection.
The materials include poetry, maps,
press releases, and edicts published by the Afghan armed group, which has been
in a long-running fight against the Afghan government and NATO troops.
Rizwaan Sabir, an academic at Liverpool
John Moores University who specialises in the study of counterterrorism and
armed movements, said British terrorism laws were creating a climate of fear
"The decision of the British
Library may seem far-fetched to some, but the law is clear...it says that
sharing information that encourages or is useful for terrorism is a criminal
offence," Sabir told Al Jazeera.
"Simply holding or sharing the
information is a criminal offence that can carry a prison sentence...such laws
have a deeply damaging effect on the freedom of scholars to research.
"Where such offences exist, a climate
of fear and self-censorship becomes inevitable, and free scholarly inquiry
becomes next to impossible."
Sabir was himself arrested in 2008 while
conducting research on terrorism for downloading an al-Qaeda training manual
from the US Department of Justice website. In 2011, he won compensation and an
apology from the British police for false impirsonment.
Academic Thomas Hegghammer, who leads
terrorism research at the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment, said the
issue was the library's "excessive risk aversion".
In a series of tweets posted on Friday
evening, Hegghammer said the British Library already held documents by other
The UK Terrorism Act of 2006 makes it a
criminal offence, punishable by imprisonment, to possess "material likely
to be understood" as direct or indirect encouragement to carry out acts
considered terrorist in nature.
The British Home Office told Al Jazeera
the British Library had acted on their "own independent legal advice and
decided not to accept this material into its collections".
Source: Al Jazeera
Reuters | Aug 30, 2015
KUALA LUMPUR: Thousands gathered for a
second day of protests on Sunday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister
Najib Razak over a multi-million-dollar financial scandal, their spirits lifted
by unexpected support from Malaysia's longest-serving leader.
Hundreds slept out overnight in central
Kuala Lumpur after the first day of a rally that has brought into the streets a
political crisis triggered by reports of a mysterious transfer worth more than
$600 million into an account under Najib's name.
Najib, who denies wrongdoing, has
weathered the storm and analysts say the two-day rally is unlikely to inspire
broad public support for him to quit because it lacks a strong leader.
Security remained tight and anti-riot
trucks stood ready. The first day passed without reports of violence and the
rally resumed in a festive mood on Sunday with group exercises, a mass at the
city cathedral and interfaith prayers.
City authorities rejected an application
by pro-democracy organisation Bersih for a protest permit, raising fears of a
repeat of a 2012 rally when police used water cannon and teargas to disperse
The government blocked access to
Bersih's website and banned the wearing of its signature yellow T-shirts,
although the crowd of protesters was a sea of yellow.
The protesters, whose numbers swelled
into the tens of thousands on Saturday, were thrilled when former leader
Mahathir Mohamad made a surprise appearance.
Bersih said the open support from
Mahathir, a deeply respected 90-year-old who was once Najib's patron and is now
his fiercest critic, could add momentum to its movement.
"It's a boost for us that he
recognises that corruption is not good for the economy. It's a show of support
for Bersih," said the group's leader, Maria Chin Abdullah.
Unlike the 2012 rally, this summer's
protest lacks the support of a party identified with the Malay majority: most
of the protesters on Saturday were from the minority ethnic Chinese and Indian
However, Mahathir was long a leader of
the powerful United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), which represents
Outrage over murky money
Bersih, whose name means 'clean' in
Malay, campaigns for electoral reforms to ensure free and fair elections but
its rally has been overtaken by outrage with the prime minister.
Malaysia has been gripped since July by
reports that investigators probing allegations of mismanagement and corruption
at the debt-laden state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad had discovered the
transfer into Najib's account.
Its anti-corruption agency has said the
funds were a donation from an unidentified Middle East donor.
Najib, who says he did not take any
money for personal gain, has sacked his deputy and ministers who had questioned
him as he sought to contain the scandal. The attorney-general who had been
investigating 1MDB was also replaced.
Authorities also suspended two
newspapers and blocked access to a website that had reported extensively on
Najib also retains significant support
from the long-ruling Barisan Nasional coalition and his party, UMNO. The
coalition, in power since 1957, lost the popular vote for the first time in
2013 to an opposition alliance that split earlier this year.
However, he is under pressure over his
handling of the economy, which has been hit by a slump in energy prices that
threaten oil and gas revenues, and Malaysia's currency has plummeted this month
to 17-year lows against the dollar.
BANGKOK: Police probing Thailand's
deadliest bombing widened their net in the search for more suspects on Sunday
after a foreigner was arrested and stacks of fake passports and bomb-making
materials were found during a raid on a Bangkok apartment block.
The 28-year-old man, who has been in
Thailand since January 2014, was detained on charges of possessing illegal
explosives. Police have not revealed his identity or nationality.
The Aug. 17 bomb at Bangkok's Erawan
Shrine, where Thais and Asian tourists flock each day, stunned Thailand.
Fourteen foreigners, seven from mainland
China and Hong Kong, were among the 20 killed in an attack the ruling junta
said was intended to cripple an already flagging economy.
Police have been criticised for an
erratic investigation that had, until this weekend, uncovered few clues about
who was behind the blast. No group has claimed responsibility.
Officials declined to say if the man
arrested had provided new information, but deputy national police chief Chaktip
Chaijinda told Thai television more suspects were being sought.
SUSPECT NOT ALONE
Police and residents in Bangkok's Nong
Chok district said the suspect rented four apartments on the same floor of the
A man and woman living on the same floor
told Reuters the suspect did not live alone and they had seen a taller man with
similar appearance entering and leaving several times each day. They had not
seen the second man since Friday.
"We've seen two of them,
frequently. One was the arrested man, but there's another, he's much
taller," said the man, who requested anonymity because he feared for his
The detained man was reclusive but
always appeared focused and walked with intent on his rare forays outside. They
said he was often seen on his knees praying outside the room.
"I still fear danger," the
woman said. "We don't know if the other man has been arrested."
Speculation has focused on which groups
could have motive and capability to carry out the bombing.
These have included southern ethnic
Malay insurgents, opponents of the military government, foreign militant groups
and sympathisers of Uighur Muslims. Thailand forcibly repatriated more than 100
Uighurs to China last month, prompting international outrage.
Many of the minority Uighurs from
China's far west have sought passage to Turkey via Southeast Asia.
On Saturday, police indicated the person
arrested was the prime suspect, a young man with shaggy dark hair who wore a
yellow shirt and was picked out on security cameras dropping off a backpack at
the shrine and leaving before the bomb went off.
TEHRAN, Aug 30, 2015 (FNA)- 17 Iranian
fishermen and sailors who had been taken hostage by the Somali pirates 5 months
ago have escaped and will come back home soon, officials announced on Sunday.
"17 fishermen and sailors of
Konarak (a region in Southern Iran) who had been abducted by the Somali pirates
in March managed to escape from their hands last week," Director-General
of Iran's Fishery Organization Mosen Ali Golshani told FNA on Sunday.
"The Iranian officials' efforts to
free them continued (since their abduction) but we were informed that they had
managed to escape from the Somali pirates' captivity using stormy weather and
were rescued by a European warship," he said.
Golshani said efforts are underway to
transfer the fishers' boat to Iran by the weekend through cooperation with the
The Iranian Navy has been conducting
anti-piracy patrols in the Gulf of Aden since November 2008, when Somali
raiders hijacked the Iranian-chartered cargo ship, MV Delight, off the coast of
According to UN Security Council
resolutions, different countries can send their warships to the Gulf of Aden
and coastal waters of Somalia against the pirates and even with prior notice to
Somali government enter the territorial waters of that country in pursuit of
Somali sea pirates.
The Gulf of Aden - which links the
Indian Ocean with the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean Sea - is an important
energy corridor, particularly because Persian Gulf oil is shipped to the West
via the Suez Canal.
In relevant remarks last week, Iranian
Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari announced that his forces
deployed in the high seas had escorted at least 22 foreign cargo ships so far.
Sayyari said that his forces had so far
had nearly 200 clashes with pirates in their anti-piracy missions and escorted
22 foreign ships.
He further pointed to providing security
and safety of the Gulf of Aden and Bab al-Mandeb by the Iranian Navy, and said
that Navy had provided safe passage for Iranian shipping lines in the Gulf of
Aden and Bab el-Mandeb and the Red Sea.
"About 2,000 trade ships and oil
tankers have so far been escorted by the (Iranian) Navy's fleets of
warships," the Iranian commander went on to say.