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Islamic World News ( 30 Nov 2012, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Saudi Cleric under Fire for Labelling Waitresses at a Fast-Food Restaurant as ‘Prostitutes’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

Saudi Cleric under Fire for Labelling Waitresses at a Fast-Food Restaurant as ‘Prostitutes’

17 Lebanese Sunni fighters killed in Syria: security source

NATO: Patriot deployment on Turkey’s border with Syria to take weeks not months

Syria conflict: 'Brutality' appals UN's Ban Ki-moon

Holy Qur’an Memorization International sees more than 40,000 Qur’an students

Saudi Colours draws 500 photographers

Syria jets bombard rebel targets on airport road

Mursi takes on judges in battle over Egypt's future

Divided Kuwait votes as opposition boycotts

Syrian Forces, Seeking to Keep Hold on Capital, Strike Rebels on Its Outskirts

For Syria’s Rebel Movement, Skype Is a Useful and Increasingly Dangerous Tool

Amnesty calls on Bahrain to free 13 jailed activists

 

North America

US official signals end to war against al Qaeda

US judge refuses to order anti-Muslim film off YouTube

Two Pak-American brothers arrested on terrorism charges in US

U.S. Senators warn of aid cut if Palestine approaches ICC

US Senate backs quicker withdrawal from Afghanistan

Israeli settlement expansion 'sets back' peace bid: Clinton

 

Pakistan

UK Islamists Drop Death Threat on Malala Yousafzai

Will take action if India provides evidence against Hafiz Saeed: Pak F M

Aids fight in Pakistan suffers from bureaucratic inefficiency

‘Mysterious metal objects’ in Dadu fell from Hatf V missile: ISPR

Pakistan seeking responsible US exit from Afghanistan: Khar

No favourites for post-2014 Kabul: Khar

Political wrangling: Despite consensus, cyber crime bill stays shelved

SC stays by-polls in Waheeda Shah's former constituency

 

India

Acquitted man takes three dailies to court for calling him “terrorist”

Desperate Shiv Sena now plays communal card on Facebook Arrest

CM orders magisterial probe in UP 'honour killing'

1981 AI hijack: Two alleged Sikh militants move HC for quashing of FIR

‘Gujral brought Pakistan, India closer’

Srinagar: restrictions re-imposed after fresh sectarian clashes

Saudi govt ignoring Indian Hajis, U P Minister writes to PM

 

Mideast Asia

World embraces Palestine; snubs US, Israel

Iran may quit anti-nuclear arms pact if attacked

New U.N. Status for Palestinians Could Open Door for Claims of Israeli War Crimes

Yemen Says It Has Arrested an Al-Qaida Leader

Palestinians say 'now the world recognises our humanity'

Housing Move in Israel Seen as Setback for a Two-State Plan

Israel to build 3,000 settler homes after UN vote

Iranian defiance at IAEA sparks Western ‘pessimism’

Mahmud Abbas calls for renewed talks with Israel after UN vote

In Turkey, Forging a New Identity

Palestinian dies after Israeli troops fire at Gaza border-medics

 

Southeast Asia

Indonesian NGO to Build School in Gaza

Suppressing Mother-to-Child Transmissions Key to Tackling AIDS: UNICEF

 

South Asia

Myanmar verifying Muslim citizenship

For many refugees, Afghanistan remains a distant country

Bangladeshi politician hacked to death

 

Europe

Dutch police arrest 3 Syria-bound Muslims, to take part in international armed Jihad

Czech: Lone EU vote against Palestinians

Savita case may prompt new Irish probe into pregnancy care

 

Africa

Violence-hit Tunisia town sees big protest

South Sudan Official Visits Sudan to Try to Resolve Border Dispute

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: Myanmar verifying Muslim citizenship

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Arab World

 

Saudi Cleric under Fire for Labelling Waitresses at a Fast-Food Restaurant as ‘Prostitutes’

30 November 2012

A Twitter post ignited a battle of arguments over a post tweeted by a Saudi cleric describing the newly-introduced waitress at a fast-food restaurant in Saudi Arabia as “prostitutes”.

The debated topic sparked when Saudi Sheikh Ali Al Mutairi reacted to a number of Saudi tweets calling for the boycott of popular American fast-food restaurant, Hardee’s.

The reason?

The burger chain had recently allowed women – for the first time – to work as waitresses at their branches across the coastal city of Jeddah.

“At the beginning of her shift she’s a waitress. When her shift ends she becomes a prostitute. The more she’s around men the easier it becomes to get closer to her”, tweeted Al-Mutairi, whose twitter account (@4aalmutairi ) boasts more than 5,000 followers.

Despite this cleric’s views reflecting an existing frustration amongst some conservative segments in Saudi Arabia which oppose women’s right to work and fear that allowing females to mix with men may lead to unwanted social behaviours, Mutari’s rather controversial tweet was deemed too extreme to many Saudis on Twitter.

“Prostitution is not in working trying to survive but it is in corrupted minds that use religion to distort other’s reputation,” posted one male in response to Mutar’s tweet.

“Prostitute? So any female employee in my country is a whore now?” wrote a female tweep by the handle of @Sulafa_97.

Many commented by telling Sheikh Al Mutairi that through doubting the morality of ‘chaste’ women and describing them in the way he did, the cleric would be committing a serious vice, according to well-known Islamic teachings.

Another tweep posted pictures of some Hardee’s waitresses posted over social media by saying “These women are all covered up that I wouldn’t look at them, plus if your sister goes to that restaurant would you prefer a man or a woman taking her order?”

Despite the reaction to Sheikh Al-Mutairi’s views being mostly critical, there were some supportive tweets like one which says, “We know your intention and we give you the benefit of the doubt; stay as you are, a splinter in the throats of liberals”.

As reactions mounted and a hashtag was created to discuss his tweet, Al-Mutairi replied to many of his critics saying:

“In the name of God, I have seen this hashtag and some are asking to apologise because they think I have defamed Hardee’s waitresses – the truth is I warned from the dangers of sexes mixing, at the beginning she is a waitress and in the end they will want her to become a prostitute and between are the devil’s steps”, tweeted the sheikh.

“As for hypocrites who shave their beards and moustache (a common way of describing liberals in Saudi Arabia), there is no apology for them because their zeal isn’t for God,” he added.

The Saudi Ministry of Labour has been implementing a strategy which aims at creating more job opportunities and workplaces for women. However, segregation of sexes is applied in most public venues across Saudi Arabia.

http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/11/30/252695.html

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17 Lebanese Sunni fighters killed in Syria: security source

 30 Nov 2012

Seventeen young Sunni men from the Lebanese city of Tripoli were killed on Friday in the Syrian border town of Tal Kalakh, a Lebanese security source and a Muslim leader said.

The security source said he was "informed of the death on Friday of 17 young men who went to Syria to fight with the rebels and were all killed in a trap in Homs province," which borders Lebanon.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/59527/World/Region/-Lebanese-Sunni-fighters-killed-in-Syria-security-.aspx

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NATO: Patriot deployment on Turkey’s border with Syria to take weeks not months

30 November 2012

BRUSSELS: NATO will deploy Patriot missiles to Turkey’s border with Syria “within several weeks” after the move is approved, officials said Friday.

A team assessing possible sites for the air defence systems is making good progress and is expected to report back to NATO’s military command soon, alliance spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said. This opens the possibility that foreign ministers of the 28 member countries, meeting in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday, could make the final decision.

Germany, the Netherlands and the US have the advanced PAC-3 model Patriots that Turkey needs to intercept ballistic missiles. Parliaments in Germany and the Netherlands must also approve the deployment.

“I expect that if the decision is taken it could take several weeks to deploy rather than months,” Lungescu said. “Anyone who thinks of attacking Turkey will think twice.”

Germany’s Cabinet will consider the deployment of German Patriots in Turkey next Thursday if NATO has made a decision by then, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said. After that, the deployment will go to the German Parliament.

Turkey, a NATO member since the early 1950s, is hoping to get about a dozen batteries of Patriots from its allies. Most are expected to come from Germany, joined by some from the Netherlands and perhaps from US stocks in Europe.

Turkey’s air defences consist mostly of short-range Rapier and Stinger systems, and US-made Hawk low to medium altitude missiles. Ankara has been looking to acquire a new high-altitude defence system to replace its Cold War-era Nike-Hercules batteries.

Syria is reported to have an array of artillery rockets, as well as short- and medium-range missiles in its arsenal — some capable of carrying chemical warheads.

In June, Syrian forces brought down a Turkish reconnaissance plane that further increased tensions between the neighbors. Turkey said the plane was targeted in international airspace, but Syria insisted it was flying over its territory.

Turkey has also been retaliating to shelling and mortar rounds from Syria that have landed on its territory since Oct. 3, when shells from Syria struck a Turkish village near the Syrian border, killing two women and three children. The incident prompted Turkey to convene an emergency NATO meeting and to send tanks and anti-aircraft batteries to the area.

http://www.arabnews.com/nato-patriot-deployment-take-weeks-not-months

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Syria conflict: 'Brutality' appals UN's Ban Ki-moon

 1 Dec 2012

Violence in Syria is "reaching new and appalling heights of brutality", the UN secretary general has said, as fighting continued across the country.

Speaking at the UN General Assembly, Ban Ki-moon warned that refugee numbers could swell to 700,000 by January.

More than 80 people died in clashes in Syria on Friday, activists said.

Many flights in and out of the capital Damascus were cancelled for a second day after fighting spread close to the country's main airport.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-20564032

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Holy Qur’an Memorization International sees more than 40,000 Qur’an students

1 December 2012

More than 40,000 people memorized the Holy Qur’an under the supervision of the the Holy Qur’an Memorization International (HQMI) across the world since its founding.

An annual report of the HQMI said the organization offered support to a number of Qur’an institutes and colleges in various parts of the world.

It has also been organizing regional, international and local memorization contests in Asia, Africa and Europe, Secretary Gen. of HQMI Abdullah Al-Basfar said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/holy-qur%E2%80%99-memorization-international-sees-more-40000-qur%E2%80%99-students

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Saudi Colours draws 500 photographers

1 December 2012

More than 500 photographers in the Kingdom submitted 3,380 photographs in the Saudi Colours Forum that concluded in Riyadh on Thursday.

The event was organized by Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and Antiquities (SCTA).

“Thanks to Sultan … Adieu to the Saudi Colours,” the participants shouted while they posed for a group photo at the main hall of the exhibition shortly before its conclusion, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/saudi-colors-draws-500-photographers

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Syria jets bombard rebel targets on airport road

30 November 2012

BEIRUT: Syrian air force jets bombarded rebel targets on Friday close to the Damascus airport road and a regional airline said foreign carriers had halted flights to the capital.

Activists said security forces clashed with rebels trying to topple President Bashar Assad around Aqraba and Babilla districts on the southeastern outskirts of the Damascus which lead to the international airport.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/syria-jets-bombard-targets-airport-road

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Mursi takes on judges in battle over Egypt's future

Nov 30, 2012

CAIRO: Islamist President Mohamed Mursi is waging a high-stakes battle with Egypt's judges, many of them foes of his Muslim Brotherhood, which is bent on purging a judiciary seen as tainted by appointees of ousted leader Hosni Mubarak.

Judges called strikes and top courts halted work in protest at Mursi's decree last week that extended his powers and put his actions temporarily above legal challenge to try to speed up democratic transition in the Arab world's most populous nation.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Mursi-takes-on-judges-in-battle-over-Egypts-future/articleshow/17431608.cms

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Divided Kuwait votes as opposition boycotts

Dec 1, 2012

KUWAIT CITY: On the eve of the vote, tens of thousands of opposition supporters on Friday marched peacefully in the capital Kuwait City to declare their rejection of the election and to urge voters to stay at home.

The opposition has staged several protests and gatherings against the government for unilaterally amending the electoral law, saying the move amounted to a coup against the constitution.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Divided-Kuwait-votes-as-opposition-boycotts/articleshow/17438305.cms

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Syrian Forces, Seeking to Keep Hold on Capital, Strike Rebels on Its Outskirts

By HANIA MOURTADA, ANNE BARNARD and HALA DROUBI

December 1, 2012

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Syrian forces pummeled the outskirts of Damascus with artillery and airstrikes on Friday, antigovernment activists reported, apparently in an effort to insulate the city — the cornerstone of President Bashar al-Assad’s rule — from rebels who have pushed deeper into a semicircle of suburbs along the city’s eastern and southern edges.

Foreign airlines suspended flights into Damascus International Airport for a second day as the air force bombarded rebels along the airport road. Rebels clashed with government forces along the road, lobbing a mortar onto a bridge, activists reported.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/01/world/middleeast/syria.html?ref=middleeast

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For Syria’s Rebel Movement, Skype Is a Useful and Increasingly Dangerous Tool

By AMY CHOZICK

December 1, 2012

In a demonstration of their growing sophistication and organization, Syrian rebels responded to a nationwide shutdown of the Internet by turning to satellite technology to coordinate within the country and to communicate with outside activists.

When Syria’s Internet service disappeared Thursday, government officials first blamed rebel attacks. Activist groups blamed the government and viewed the blackout as a sign that troops would violently clamp down on rebels.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/01/world/middleeast/syrian-rebels-turn-to-skype-for-communications.html?ref=world

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Amnesty calls on Bahrain to free 13 jailed activists

Amnesty International calls Manama to release 12 jailed political activists who were involved in anti-regime protests last year

30 Nov 2012

Amnesty International urged Bahrain on Friday to release 13 jailed opposition activists, saying doing so would prove the Gulf monarchy is "genuinely committed" to reform and respecting human rights.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/59526/World/Region/Amnesty-calls-on-Bahrain-to-free--jailed-activists.aspx

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North America

 

US official signals end to war against al Qaeda

December 1, 2012

WASHINGTON: The United States must prepare for a time when it no longer is at war with al Qaeda and when sweeping legal powers ushered in after the September 11, 2001 attacks come to an end, the Pentagon’s top lawyer said.

The address by Pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson marked the first time a senior US official publicly raised the possibility of an end to the so-called “war on terror,” launched by former president George W. Bush in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/01/us-official-signals-end-to-war-against-al-qaeda/

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US judge refuses to order anti-Muslim film off YouTube

 December 1, 2012

LOS ANGELES: An actress who said she was duped into appearing in an anti-Islam film that stoked violent protests against the United States across the Muslim world lost on Friday her second legal bid to force the video off YouTube.

Denying a request by actress Cindy Lee Garcia for a court order requiring the popular online video site to remove the crudely made 13-minute clip, a federal judge found she was unlikely to prevail on her claims of copyright infringement.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/473682/us-judge-refuses-to-order-anti-muslim-film-off-youtube/

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Two Pak-American brothers arrested on terrorism charges in US

Dec 1, 2012

WASHINGTON: Two American brothers of Pakistani descent have been arrested in Florida for plotting to provide material support to terrorists and to use a weapon of mass destruction within the US.

Arrested in Fort Lauderdale in Florida on Thursday the two brothers -- Raees Alam Qazi, 20, and Sheheryar Alam Qazi, 30 - who are naturalized American citizens from Pakistan were produced before a court on Friday, the US authorities said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Two-Pak-American-brothers-arrested-on-terrorism-charges-in-US/articleshow/17437176.cms

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U.S. Senators warn of aid cut if Palestine approaches ICC

December 1, 2012

A bipartisan group of Senators warned the Palestinians on Friday that millions in U.S. financial aid and its Washington office are in jeopardy if they use upgraded U.N. status against Israel.

The measure, which the lawmakers plan to offer as an amendment to a far-reaching defence bill, would cut off assistance to the Palestinian Authority (PA) if they file charges against Israel in the International Criminal Court (ICC). As a non-member state in the U.N., the Palestinians could join the court and press war crime charges against Israel.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/us-senators-warn-of-aid-cut-if-palestine-approaches-icc/article4151361.ece

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US Senate backs quicker withdrawal from Afghanistan

December 1, 2012

WASHINGTON: Reflecting a war-weary nation, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday for an accelerated withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan after more than a decade of fighting.

The strong bipartisan vote of 62-33 sends a clear message to President Barack Obama and the military as they engage in high-stakes talks about the pace of drawing down the 66,000 US troops there, with a White House announcement expected within weeks.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/01/us-senate-backs-quicker-withdrawal-from-afghanistan/

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Israeli settlement expansion 'sets back' peace bid: Clinton

December 1, 2012

WASHINGTON: The United States on Friday criticised Israel’s decision to build 3,000 settler homes in east Jerusalem and the West Bank, with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calling it a setback for peace.

The White House earlier called the move – which came in response to a historic vote in the UN General Assembly on Thursday to recognize Palestine within the 1967 borders as a non-member observer state – “counterproductive.”

“In light of today’s announcement, let me reiterate that this administration – like previous administrations – has been very clear with Israel that these activities set back the cause of a negotiated peace,” Clinton said.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/473684/israeli-settlement-expansion-sets-back-peace-bid-clinton/

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Pakistan

 

UK Islamists Drop Death Threat on Pakistan Women's Rights Activists

By DOMINIC GOVER

November 30, 2012

UK Muslim extremists have withdrawn their threat to behead a teenage girl who is recovering in a British hospital after she was shot by the Taliban in Pakistan.

The group, Shariah4Pakistan, lifted its threat of a death sentence on Malala Yousafzai, 14, for her efforts to promote education for girls.

Malala, 15, made headlines around the world when Taliban fighters shot her in the head because she defied their bid to impose strict sharia law.

Full report at:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/410154/20121130/malala-islam-jihad-fatwa.htm

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Will take action if India provides evidence against Hafiz Saeed: Pak FM

December 01, 2012

Pakistan will take action against LeT founder Hafiz Saeed -- the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks -- if India provides evidence against him that stands in court, foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Saturday.

"Hafiz Saeed was in custody and the evidence against him could not hold in a court of law. We have said even now that we will be happy to look at any evidence against him that holds in a court of law," Khar told a TV news channel.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Pakistan/Will-take-action-if-India-provides-evidence-against-Hafiz-Saeed-Khar/Article1-966886.aspx

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Aids fight in Pakistan suffers from bureaucratic inefficiency

 December 1, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Approximately 98,000 people are HIV positive in Pakistan, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), with some reports putting the figure at over 100,000. The epidemic is spreading from a ‘concentrated’ one, where the disease is limited to a certain vulnerable group, to a ‘generalised’ one where more than one per cent of the population is HIV positive.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/473458/aids-fight-in-pakistan-suffers-from-bureaucratic-inefficiency/

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‘Mysterious metal objects’ in Dadu fell from Hatf V missile: ISPR

December 1, 2012

KARACHI: The mysterious metallic objects, which fell from the sky baffling villagers in Dadu late Wednesday night, were parts of Pakistan’s Hatf V Ghauri missile, a spokesman for the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said on Friday.

“The metal parts found in a remote area of Dadu, as reported in media today, were part of the motor body, which separated from the missile as planned, well within the safety corridor,” said a statement by the ISPR.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/30/mysterious-metal-objects-in-dadu-fell-from-hatf-v-missile-ispr/

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Pakistan seeking responsible US exit from Afghanistan: Khar

December 1, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Friday said that Pakistan wanted the United States to have responsible exit from Afghanistan to keep regional peace and stability.

In an interview to a private television channel, Khar said Pakistan’s role is to assist the Afghan government in achieving its objectives and responsible transition and exit of US is possible through process of reconciliation.

The Minister said Pakistan and US have been building a common strategy with the aim of security and stability in Afghanistan and elimination of terrorism.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/12/01/pakistan-seeking-responsible-us-exit-from-afghanistan-khar/

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No favourites for post-2014 Kabul: Khar

ANITA JOSHUA

December 1, 2012

The Afghanistan-Pakistan Transit Trade Agreement (APTTA) will be extended to Tajikistan in the next few months and thereafter to other Central Asian republics. This was decided by Pakistan and Afghanistan on Friday at the Foreign Minister-level engagement that also sought to open negotiations on a Strategic Partnership Agreement (SPA).

While the two countries appeared to be on the same page vis-à-vis extending APTTA to Central Asia — thereby unleashing the soft power latent in these two countries in the words of Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar — both capitals varied in levels of enthusiasm towards an SPA.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/favourites-for-post2014-kabul-khar/article4151029.ece

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Political wrangling: Despite consensus, cyber crime bill stays shelved

December 1, 2012

KARACHI: Despite a broad consensus among stakeholders, the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill – which is very close to becoming a law – could not be tabled.

An outside consultant, in his first ever meeting on the subject, objected to specific articles of the draft at the stakeholders meeting with the National Assembly’s Select Committee – an ad hoc committee created to inquire into and report upon a particular matter – on Friday.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/473473/political-wrangling-despite-consensus-cyber-crime-bill-stays-shelved/

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SC stays by-polls in Waheeda Shah's former constituency

 November 30, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court, admitting Waheeda Shah’s plea for hearing, issued a stay order against the by-polls to be held in Tando Muhammad Khan, Express News reported on Friday.

A three member bench headed by justice Nasirul Mulk began the hearing of a plea submitted by Waheeda Shah against by-polls in the Sindh Assembly’s PS-53 constituency.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/473209/slap-saga-sc-stays-by-polls-in-waheeda-shahs-former-constituency/

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India

 

Acquitted man takes three dailies to court for calling him “terrorist”

OMAR RASHID

December 1, 2012

“Why is this media trial going on even when the court has acquitted me in all cases?”

Alleging that he was being labelled a “terrorist” in media reports despite having being acquitted after serving an eight-year jail sentence, a 40-year-old has filed writs against three Hindi dailies. Kanpur-based Syed Wasif Haider, who was arrested in August 2001 on 12 charges, has filed writs against Dainik Jagran, Hindustan Dainik and Amar Ujala, for “running his media trial even after his acquittal” and frequently referring him as an “atankhi.”

Mr. Haider was part of the recent delegation led by Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Prakash Karat that met President Pranab Mukherjee and handed over a memorandum outlining how Muslim youth were being targeted and persecuted in terrorism-related cases.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/acquitted-man-takes-three-dailies-to-court-for-calling-him-terrorist/article4151403.ece

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Desperate Shiv Sena now plays communal card on Facebook Arrest

Dec 1, 2012

By DNA Correspondent

In a bid to give a communal angle to the controversy over the arrest of the two girls for a post criticising the shutdown in Mumbai the day Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray was cremated, sainiks claim that Shaheen Dhada was being protected as she is from the minority community.

“The girl against whom action was taken is a Muslim and hence, the government and Congress are siding with her,” said an editorial in the Sena mouthpiece Saamna on Friday.

The newspaper had the late Sena chief Bal Thackeray as editor and Rajya Sabha MP and spokesperson Sanjay Raut as the executive editor.

Full report at:

http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_desperate-shiv-sena-now-plays-communal-card_1771988

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CM orders magisterial probe in UP 'honour killing'

December 01, 2012

Amid growing outrage over the alleged Bulandshahr honour killing, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered magisterial probe into the case.

Abdul Hakim, a participant in Amir Khan's reality show Satyamev Jayate, was murdered in Aroli village of UP's Bulandshahr district in a suspected case of honour killing.

Riyaz Ahmed, the chairman of Khadi Gramodyog, who has the status of minister of state, said that Akhilesh Yadav has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the murder.

 Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/UttarPradesh/CM-orders-magisterial-probe-in-UP-honour-killing/Article1-966863.aspx

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1981 AI hijack: Two alleged Sikh militants move HC for quashing of FIR

December 01, 2012

Two alleged Sikh militants, sent back to India in 2000 after serving a life term in Pakistan for hijacking an Air India plane to that country in 1981, have moved the Delhi high court for quashing a fresh trial against them here for the same offence.

The two also sought quashing of the trial court's order to begin the process to declare them proclaimed offenders (PO) in the case.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/1981-AI-hijack-two-move-HC-for-quashing-of-FIR/Article1-966828.aspx

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‘Gujral brought Pakistan, India closer’

ANITA JOSHUA

December 1, 2012

Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Friday condoled the death of I.K. Gujral, the former Indian premier. “He [Gujral] will always be remembered for his admirable role he played to bring India and Pakistan closer,’’ he said in his message to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“In his death, the region has lost a noble and distinguished politician,” Mr. Ashraf said.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/brought-pakistan-india-closer/article4151452.ece

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Srinagar: restrictions re-imposed after fresh sectarian clashes

 December 01, 2012

Fresh sectarian clashes on Saturday forced authorities to re-impose restrictions on the movement of people in parts of Srinagar City, even as rest of the city limped back to normalcy.

Hours after authorities lifted the three-day old curfew from nine police station areas of the city, members of the rival communities assembled in Hawal area and started pelting stones at the cops, a police spokesman said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Srinagar/Srinagar-restrictions-reimposed-after-fresh-clashes/Article1-966864.aspx

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Saudi govt ignoring Indian Hajis, U P Minister writes to PM

Dec 01 2012

Lucknow: Minister for Minority Welfare and Haj Azam Khan in a letter to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh has sought his personal intervention for redressal of the grievances of Uttar Pradesh pilgrims during Haj.

Khan, who has performed Haj this year, has blamed the Indian embassy and Saudi Arabian government for ignoring Indian Haj pilgrims mainly from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Khan has urged the PM for contacting the Saudi Arabian government to limit the number of Haj pilgrims and provide them all facilities for which payment is made by pilgrims.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/saudi-govt-ignoring-indian-hajis-azam-writes-to-pm/1038907/

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Mideast Asia

 

World embraces Palestine; snubs US, Israel

By Chidanand Rajghatta

Dec 1, 2012

WASHINGTON: The United States and its ally Israel were isolated and humiliated on world stage on Thursday after the international community overwhelmingly voted to upgrade Palestine to a non-member observer state in the United Nations.

Canada, Panama, the Czech Republic and four tiny Pacific island states were the only ones in the 193-member UN General Assembly that backed the Washington-Tel Aviv axis in the crushing 9-138 defeat, with 41 abstentions. Allies and friends abandoned the United States and Israel in droves, fracturing a facade of western unity that Washington had long engineered.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/World-embraces-Palestine-snubs-US-Israel/articleshow/17435331.cms

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Iran may quit anti-nuclear arms pact if attacked

December 1, 2012

VIENNA: Any attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities may lead to it withdrawing from the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a pact aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear arms, a senior Iranian official said on Friday.

Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, also suggested Iran in such a case could kick out IAEA inspectors and install its uranium enrichment centrifuges in “more secure” places.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/30/iran-may-quit-anti-nuclear-arms-pact-if-attacked-soltanieh/

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New U.N. Status for Palestinians Could Open Door for Claims of Israeli War Crimes

By CHRISTINE HAUSER

December 1, 2012

In recent years, the Palestinian Authority has tried to have its accusations of Israeli war crimes investigated by the International Criminal Court, only to see its request go nowhere because the Palestinian territories were not recognized as a state.

But now the court says it will take a fresh look at the issue after the United Nations General Assembly voted to enhance the standing of the Palestinians, conferring on them the word “state” as part of their new status as nonmember observers. On Friday, a spokeswoman for the prosecutors office said it “will consider the implications of this resolution.”

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/01/world/middleeast/new-un-status-for-palestinians-could-open-door-for-claims-of-israeli-war-crimes.html?ref=world

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Yemen Says It Has Arrested an Al-Qaida Leader

December 1, 2012

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemen's Interior Ministry says police have arrested an al-Qaida leader who is one of the country's most wanted fugitives.

The ministry, in a statement late Friday, said Suleiman Hassan Mohammed Murshed Awad was arrested in Zinjibar, the capital of southern Abyan province, once an al-Qaida hotbed. It did not say when he was arrested.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/12/01/world/middleeast/ap-ml-yemen.html?ref=middleeast

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Palestinians say 'now the world recognises our humanity'

Hugh Naylor

Dec 1, 2012

RAMALLAH // The excitement of securing non-member state recognition at the United Nations had ebbed by yesterday morning as Palestinians awoke to a world still defined by Israeli domination.

Israeli checkpoints still restrict their movement. Israeli settlements still encroach on land for their hoped-for state. And the powerful Israeli military still roams the West Bank.

Israel, as it has for the past 45 years, still remains their occupier.

But Bassem Tannou, 45, an owner of a jewellery shop in downtown Ramallah, said: "Now the world recognises our humanity."

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/palestinians-say-now-the-world-recognises-our-humanity#ixzz2Dnyh6FXN

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Housing Move in Israel Seen as Setback for a Two-State Plan

By JODI RUDOREN and MARK LANDLER

December 1, 2012

JERUSALEM — Israel is moving forward with development of Jewish settlements in a contentious area east of Jerusalem, defying the United States by advancing a project that has long been condemned by Washington as effectively dooming any prospect of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/01/world/middleeast/israel-moves-to-expand-settlements-in-east-jerusalem.html?ref=world&_r=0

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Israel to build 3,000 settler homes after UN vote

December 1, 2012

Israel has authorised the construction of 3,000 more housing units in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, according to Israeli officials.

It is also speeding up the processing of 1,000 planning permissions.

The decision comes a day after a vote at the UN General Assembly upgraded the Palestinians' status at the UN to that of non-member observer state.

The US said the expansion plan was counterproductive and would make it harder to resume peace talks.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=42838

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Iranian defiance at IAEA sparks Western ‘pessimism’

30 November 2012

VIENNA: Iran fiercely denied Friday seeking nuclear weapons and threatened to withdraw from a key treaty aimed at stopping their spread, in another note of defiance just as fresh diplomatic efforts gather pace.

Speaking at a tense UN atomic agency meeting, Iran’s envoy said that no “smoking gun” indicating a covert weapons drive had ever been found and that the West wanted to hijack the agency for their own ends.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/iranian-defiance-iaea-sparks-western-%E2%80%98pessimism%E2%80%99

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Mahmud Abbas calls for renewed talks with Israel after UN vote

Dec 1, 2012

NEW YORK: Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas called today for a return to peace talks, but slammed Israel's latest settlement plans in reaction to a United Nations vote recognizing Palestine as a non-member state.

"I've said a thousand times that we want to resume negotiations and we are ready to do it," Abbas told reporters in New York.

"We are not setting any condition but there are at least 15 UN resolutions which consider settlement activity as illegal and an obstacle to peace which must be removed," he said. "Why do (the Israelis) not stop settlement?"

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/east/Mahmud-Abbas-calls-for-renewed-talks-with-Israel-after-UN-vote/articleshow/17434375.cms

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In Turkey, Forging a New Identity

By ANAND GIRIDHARADAS

December 1, 2012

ISTANBUL — “There are liquids that are not mixable — it’s like that.” But Bedri Baykam — a prominent Turkish painter, activist, politician and author — was not talking chemistry. He was speaking of the hardening self-segregation between Westernized, secular Turks like him and the conservative Muslims who now run Turkey, but whom he’d be unlikely ever to dine with.

“We don’t eat the same way,” he said, picking at eggs and olives in his vast gallery-cum-studio space in the Pera neighborhood. “We eat at tables with ladies and men sitting together — and enjoying and drinking wine and making jokes and listening to either Turkish music or Beethoven or Rolling Stones or Beatles or Edith Piaf. They sit separately with men and women. They don’t drink alcohol.”

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/01/world/europe/01iht-currents01.html?ref=europe

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Palestinian dies after Israeli troops fire at Gaza border-medics

Palestinians describe shooting of Gaza citizens by the Israeli troops as a kind of escalation to the Egyptian-brokered truce

 1 Dec 2012

One of six Palestinians shot and wounded by Israeli troops on Friday while protesting at the Gaza Strip boundary fence died on Saturday, hospital officials said.

The fortified fence and a 300-metre-deep zone on the Palestinian side - on which Israel has regularly fired since 2009 with the declared aim of keeping gunmen and infiltrators away from the border - have been a testing ground for the Nov. 21 truce that ended an eight-day surge in Gaza fighting.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/59544/World/Region/Palestinian-dies-after-Israeli-troops-fire-at-Gaza.aspx

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Southeast Asia

 

Indonesian NGO to Build School in Gaza

November 30, 2012

An Indonesian NGO announced on Friday plans to build a school in the Gaza Strip, as construction of the first Indonesian hospital in the conflict-ridden region is reportedly nearing completion.

“We’ve secured a plot of land in Bait Lahiya, North Gaza, [which is] about 5,000 square meters. We will immediately kick off construction,” the director of Aksi Cepat Tanggap, Doddy Cleveland, told Indonesian news portal antaranews.com in Gaza on Friday.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/education/indonesian-ngo-to-build-school-in-gaza/559063

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Suppressing Mother-to-Child Transmissions Key to Tackling AIDS: UNICEF

Charlotte Greenfield | December 01, 2012

Indonesian government and United Nations officials are focusing their efforts in the fight against AIDS on ensuring that no Indonesian child is born with HIV, a UN expert said on Friday.

“First and foremost, the government is committed to the elimination of new pediatric infections, i.e. ensuring that Indonesian children are born free of HIV,” Severine Leonardi, a youth and AIDS specialist at the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in Indonesia, told the Jakarta Globe.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/suppressing-mother-to-child-transmissions-key-to-tackling-aids-UNICEF/559171

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South Asia

 

Myanmar verifying Muslim citizenship

December 1, 2012

Guarded by rifle-toting police, immigration authorities in western Myanmar have launched a major operation aimed at settling an explosive question at the heart of the biggest crisis the government has faced since beginning its nascent transition to democracy last year.

It's a question that has helped fuel two bloody spasms of sectarian unrest between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims since June, and it comes down to one simple thing: Who has the right to be a citizen of Myanmar, and who does not?

A team of Associated Press journalists that travelled recently to the remote island village of Sin Thet Maw, a maze of bamboo huts without electricity in Myanmar's volatile west, found government immigration officials in the midst of a painstaking, census-like operation aimed at verifying the citizenship of Muslims living there, one family at a time.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/myanmar-verifying-muslim-citizenship/1038956/

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For many refugees, Afghanistan remains a distant country

 December 1, 2012

PESHAWAR: Their houses have been levelled and memories of their native homeland draped in dust. For many Afghans, Pakistan is the only home now. It’s a place where their children have grown up and newer, better memories have been made.

“I am a native of Logar area of Afghanistan and there is nothing there except for lofty hills and a vast empty wilderness,” said Sultan Khan, an Afghan refugee. The Taliban rule after sundown while the government and foreign troops regain control during the day, he added.

Khan resides in a refugee camp in Badhaber where about 95% people are from Logar.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/473500/for-many-refugees-afghanistan-remains-a-distant-country/

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Bangladeshi politician hacked to death

Nov 30, 2012

DHAKA: A 53-year-old politician from the Awami League party has been hacked to death by unidentified men, a media report said on Friday.

Sujanur Rahman Sujan, the youth and sports secretary of the party's Bogra district unit, was killed on Thursday night, the Daily Star said.

Police said the attackers swooped down on Sujan while he was returning home and hacked him with sharp weapons, leaving him critically wounded.

Locals took him to a hospital where a doctor declared him dead.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/politician-hacked-to-death/articleshow/17431141.cms

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Europe

 

Dutch police arrest 3 Syria-bound Muslims, to take part in international armed Jihad

30 November 2012

AMSTERDAM: Dutch prosecutors say police have arrested three Muslim men who wanted to travel to Syria to fight in the country’s civil war.

Prosecutors announced yesterday the men, aged 22, 23 and 33, were arrested Thursday in the port city of Rotterdam “because they planned to travel to Syria to take part in international armed Jihad.” They did not specify if the men were Dutch.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/dutch-police-arrest-3-syria-bound-muslims

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Czech: Lone EU vote against Palestinians

Dec 1, 2012

PRAGUE: When Czechs cast the lone European "no" vote against the Palestinian Authority's bid for semi-statehood at the UN this week, it was no surprise from a country Israel has named as its best friend on the continent.

Once the punchbag for aggressive neighbours before World War II, the central European state of 10.5 million has long backed the Jewish state and its main ally, the US.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Czech-Lone-EU-vote-against-Palestinians/articleshow/17435316.cms

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Savita case may prompt new Irish probe into pregnancy care

December 1, 2012

Ireland’s health information authority may pursue a further probe into the care of pregnant women in Irish hospitals if the inquiry into the death of Indian dentist Savita Halappanavar finds that there may be “serious risks” to other women in similar situations.

The Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA), which on Friday published the terms of reference for its investigation into the death of Savita Halappanavar said if it emerged that there may be “serious risks” to any other women in a similar situations in the future, it may recommend “further investigation or… a new [one]”.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/savita-case-may-prompt-new-irish-probe-into-pregnancy-care/article4153414.ece

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Africa

 

Violence-hit Tunisia town sees big protest

 1 December 2012

SILIANA, Tunisia: Thousands of people protested for a fourth straight day yesterday in the central town of Siliana demanding the governor quit, as political instability mounts in Tunisia two years after a revolution.

Tunisia’s main trade union UGTT called for a symbolic march a few km toward Tunis which drew a crowd of several thousand, who took part on foot, in cars and on motorcycles.

As they advanced they chanted, “With our souls and our blood we sacrifice for Siliana.”

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/violence-hit-tunisia-town-sees-big-protest

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At least 32 killed as Congo plane hits houses, says Red Cross

Dec 1, 2012

BRAZZAVILLE: A cargo plane crashed into houses near Brazzaville airport while attempting to land during a thunderstorm on Friday evening, killing at least 32 people, a Congolese Red Cross official said on Saturday.

"We have already pulled 32 bodies from the crash site, but the search is ongoing, there could be more victims," the official said, asking not to be named.

The Soviet-made Ilyushin-76 cargo plane was coming from the Pointe Noire, the commercial capital of the Central African state.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/At-least-32-killed-as-Congo-plane-hits-houses-says-Red-Cross/articleshow/17441437.cms

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