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Saudi Clerics Advocate Breastfeeding Adult Men

Order of the British Empire - Moroccan Woman Awarded OBE Honour

Ousted Kyrgyz prez’s son funded bloodbath

Women offered favours in jobs on condition of ‘friendship’

Viewing Of World Cup Banned In Somalia

'Kyrgyzstan heading towards catastrophe'

Pakistan still financing Mumbai attack mastermind

Setbacks Cloud U.S. Plans to Get Out of Afghanistan

Huge Obstacles In Exploiting Afghan Minerals

Iraqi Kurdistan must stop genital mutilation - report

'LeT, ISI nexus behind attacks on Indians in Afghanistan'

Top 100 'women friendly' mosques revealed 

Lashkar expands attacks in Afghanistan, targets Indians

British Afghanistan toll nears 300 as two more die

US top general in Iraq, Afghanistan collapses during hearing

'Several hundred' dead in Kyrgyz unrest, says Red Cross

Jihad on Thamm's behalf, in spirit of Islam

Niger: Imams warn against presence of dangerous Islamic sect

Lessons from the Jews and conflict resolution'

Pakistan action kills six in Bajaur: officials

British soldiers heckled by Muslim war protesters

‘Terror’ strikes Ahmedabad again, only this time it is a mock drill

Emerging humanitarian crisis in Kyrgyzstan: US

Pak trying to act as bridge between Karzai, Haqqani network

Malaysia child marriage: Developed states see the highest incidence

Iran to build 'powerful' new nuclear research reactor

After Belgium, Spain on track to restricting burqa use

Canadian courts must face down Islamism’s niqab

Stop the carnage in Kyrgyzstan

US says it is recommitted to diplomatic options with Iran

UN to take seized flotilla goods to Gaza: Israel

The oppressed, non-Muslims, minority sects feel the heat

Omar wants to call a daughter Elizabeth... after the Queen

Pune German Bakery blast: Abdul Bhatkal granted bail

Malaysia deports 10 foreign terrorist suspects

Islamic finance 'must focus on regulations'

'M'sia used as terror base'

Amnesty says Israeli flotilla probe lacks transparency

Jama’at planning to float party

'Economic cities create jobs'

UN to deliver seized Gaza cargo on ships

Suspected Hezbollah financier arrested in Paraguay

Abbas wants Israel to open all Gaza crossings

Iran rejects possible EU sanctions as 'illogical'

Kerala daily to serve as conduit for UAE police

Five Nato troops, Afghan official die as attacks rise

Afghan Taliban denies link to Pakistan’s ISI: report

Seven injured in two Quetta explosions

FBI apologises to Pakistani in bomb case 

Lebanese women to send Gaza aid ship

Houses of 10 Taliban torched in Bajaur Agency

Reporter Hayatullah’s children want murderers arrested

12 Afghan police, 6 civilians killed

Five more targeted in Karachi; total 14 killed

Sindh govt fails to stop ‘target killings’ in Karachi

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Saudi Clerics Advocate Breastfeeding Adult Men

Robin Marty

16 June, 2010

I haven't pulled any punches in the past discussing how bothered I am by the laws against women in Saudi Arabia.  From ridiculous "guardianship" laws to burdensome rules on being in public with men, to arresting women who even have too much of a tan, it's no wonder the public is beginning to physically fight against the authority in the land.

Obviously, the religious authority knows it has a problem that must be dealt with.  But is this really the answer?

Women in Saudi Arabia should give their breast milk to male colleagues and acquaintances in order to avoid breaking strict Islamic law forbidding mixing between the sexes, two powerful Saudi clerics have said. They are at odds, however, over precisely how the milk should be conveyed.

A fatwa issued recently about adult breast-feeding to establish "maternal relations" and preclude the possibility of sexual contact has resulted in a week's worth of newspaper headlines in Saudi Arabia. Some have found the debate so bizarre that they're calling for stricter regulations about how and when fatwas should be issued.

Sheikh Al Obeikan, an adviser to the royal court and consultant to the Ministry of Justice, set off a firestorm of controversy recently when he said on TV that women who come into regular contact with men who aren't related to them ought to give them their breast milk so they will be considered relatives.

One cleric claims simply pumping and having the men drink the milk is enough to create this familial bond.  Another, however, does say that "men should suckle the breast milk directly from a woman's breast."

The logic behind the edict is an apparently common practice known as "breast milk siblings" where according to the article, if you provide 5 "fulfilling" breastmilk meals to a male child before the age of two, you and your female family members will not have to cover your faces in front of him later in life, something that is apparently common among nieces and nephews.

But, when translated into somehow trying to provide this connection to an adult, and use it as a loophole in order to allow women to be in the presence of men who are not blood relations, a lot of obvious problems jump to mind.  The first, of course, is the assumption that every woman is lactating, when in fact the only candidates for this process would be married mothers with children under the age of two, the traditional cutoff point for breastfeeding in that country.  Women aren't just wandering around with milk in their breasts all of the time, married or not, mothers or not. This would provide no outlet for any unmarried woman, who tend to suffer the most under these strict guardianship laws, nor for widows or the elderly.

The second problem is what is meant by "fulfilling" meals.  A grown adult obviously would take much more to be "fulfilled" than an infant, or even a toddler, whose stomachs are smaller than an apple.

Third, even with this loophole available, clerics have decreed that it cannot be used with a driver.  As women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to have driver's licenses, no woman would be able to go anywhere outside walking distance without having a man drive her.  If this breastfeeding loophole can't be used with someone who can drive them from place to place, they are still essentially trapped without a family member to accompany them, regardless.

Breastfeeding adult males in order to be allowed to be with someone of the opposite sex who is not a family member is no real solution to the issues of Sharia law.  In fact, it actually exacerbates them, as it simply reinforces the idea that a woman sole purpose in existence is to extend and tend to the family unit.  Women in the country deserve real freedom, not that which is only granted to them if they act as the "sustenance" of the family.

http://www.care2.com/causes/womens-rights/blog/saudia-arabia-creates-bizzare-breastfeeding-loophole/

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Order of the British Empire - Moroccan Woman Awarded OBE Honour

16 June 2010

London - Souad Talsi, member of the Moroccan expatriates' council (CCME), has been named member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in recognition of her services for the Moroccan community in London. 

The MBE honors list was published on Saturday in the British official bulletin. The recipients will get their awards at a ceremony to be held in the six months to come at the St. James's Palace in London.

"To be recognized by her Majesty the Queen is a great honor and a privilege," Talsi told MAP, stressing that this royal award acknowledges efforts made by the Moroccan community in Great Britain over the past 50 years.

Talsi is the founder of Al-Hasaniya Moroccan Women's Centre in Great Britain. She is also member of the National Muslim Women's Advisory Group (NMWAG) and the Boris Johnsons' Migrant and Refugee Advisory Panel.

Global Arab Network

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Ousted Kyrgyz prez’s son funded bloodbath

16 June 2010

KYRGYZSTAN’S interim government has accused the son of the deposed president of paying $ 10 million to organise clashes that left 170 dead even as the country faces a humanitarian crisis.

“ This was all well organised, and the “ wallet” of these riots is the son of the former president, Maxim Bakiyev, who started financing the riots back in April,” first deputy president Almazbek Atambayev said at a news conference in Bishkek.

Bakiyev, the son of toppled president Kurmanbek Bakiyev, was arrested by British authorities after he landed in a private plane at Farnborough airport in England, Kyrgyz officials said on Monday. The Kyrgzy authorities will fight for Bakiyev’s extradition, Atambayev said.

“ We hope Britain will hand over Maxim Bakiyev,” Atambayev said. He is involved in international criminal cases connected with money laundering.

Bakiyev is being investigated by the interim Kyrgyz government for corrupt business practices relating to the fuel supply contracts he handled for a US airbase in Kyrgyzstan, a key site for military operations in Afghanistan. Interim president Roza Otunbayeva said Bakiyev supporters stoked the conflict.

“ No one has doubts,” she said.

Kurmanbek Bakiyev was toppled as president in April in violent protests that left nearly 90 people dead. He and his family fled the volatile Central Asian country and he was given refuge by Belarus, but his son Maxim’s whereabouts were unknown.

In Kyrgyzstan, the crisis for tens of thousands of refugees who fled ethnic fighting intensified.

Even as signs emerged of a slackening of the unrest, Uzbekistan struggled to cope with the flood of ethnic Uzbek refugees who crossed the border to escape five bloody days of clashes with ethnic Kyrgyz.

With estimates of up to 100,000 refugees already inside Uzbekistan after fleeing the southern cities, thousands more remained stranded after Tashkent closed its border.

The fighting has turned much of the southern cities of Osh and Jalalabad into smoking wrecks and raised fears over the stability of the country of 5.3 million where Uzbeks form 14 per cent.

The ambassadors of the UN Security Council called for a return of rule of law to Kyrgyzstan while Russia warned that the intolerable situation in the country risked spinning out of control.

“ The humanitarian situation in the conflict zone is worsening.

There are many refugees in need of help and attention,” said Kazakh diplomat Zhanibek Karibzhanov, the special envoy of the Organization for Security and Co- operation in Europe.

There was sporadic gunfire in Osh at night and tension was high on Tuesday. Only a few gunshots were heard in contrast to the steady firing of recent days.

Mail Today

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Women offered favours in jobs on condition of ‘friendship’

By Mohammad Ashfaq

16 Jun, 2010

PESHAWAR, June 15: Women applicants for posts of contract lecturer have alleged that some low-ranking officials in the directorate of colleges, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, tried to lure them into friendship by offering them favour in appointment.

They claimed that the officials had got their contact numbers from their application forms submitted for the posts in their areas and had sent messages to them on those numbers. Most of the officials, sources said, were dealing with collection of application forms, scrutinising them and data entry.

Though, when contacted, Prof Mohammad Tariq, assigned with the task of data entry and scrutiny of the forms, termed the reports baseless and mere allegation, deputy director (colleges) Sardar Hussain said an internee was involved in sending messages to women applicants.

The higher education department had advertised 531 vacancies of lecturers on contract basis, among them 113 are for women.

Candidates were required to attach a recent photo and mention the contact number with complete postal address in the application forms, which were to be submitted by April 20. Around 28,000 candidates applied for the posts in different colleges across the province, an official of the higher education department told Dawn.

The officials probably started sending messages to the female applicants after scrutinising the applications, offering them favour if they made friends with them, the husband of one of the applicants told Dawn.

“Instead of my wife’s number I had mentioned my own cellphone number in the application of my wife,” he said, adding he got several messages from two different numbers in which the senders introduced themselves as officials of the directorate of higher education.

He said he traced the senders who turned out to be clerks in the directorate of higher education. After some days, he said he received another message from some official of the Government College, Peshawar.

“I raised this issue with the director, colleges, who promised to take disciplinary action,” he said. However, he said, no action had been taken so far. If the director failed to take action, he said, he would approach the court against him.

The deputy director of colleges, Sardar Hussain, said he had come to know about the issue a few days ago during his informal visit to the Government College, Peshawar, where a data entry and scrutiny centre had been established. He blamed an internee working in the centre for sending the messages.

Prof Mukarram Khan, director of colleges, could not be reached on his cellphone number despite several attempts. He was also not present when this reporter visited his office.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/national/women-offered-favours-in-jobs-on-condition-of-friendship-660

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Viewing Of World Cup Banned In Somalia

16 June 2010

World Cup fever is all over Africa, but not in war-torn Somalia, where Islamic insurgents have declared the ongoing FIFA tournament sacrilegious.

The Al-Qaeda linked groups of Al-Shabaab and Hizbul Islam, which control most of southern Somalia and parts of the capital Mogadishu, have banned both public and private viewing of the tournament.

“We are warning all the youths of Somalia not to dare watch these World Cup matches,” Hizbul Islam spokesman Mohamed Abdi Aros told the BBC.

“It is a waste of money and time, and they will not benefit anything or get any experience by watching madmen jumping up and down."

Offenders will be given 30 strokes in public.

Full report at:

http://foreign.peacefmonline.com/sports/201006/48188.php

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'Kyrgyzstan heading towards catastrophe'

Jun 16, 2010

BERLIN: The crisis in Kyrgyzstan could soon become a "catastrophe" if the international community does not swiftly intervene, the head of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said Wednesday.

Speaking on German radio during a visit to Berlin, Antonio Guterres said: "What is happening is already a tragedy and it could become a catastrophe."

"We urgently need to find a political solution ... the country's neighbours and the international community must do everything in their power to help the interim Kyrgyz government restore peace and stability," he added.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Kyrgyzstan-heading-towards-catastrophe/articleshow/6054242.cms

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Pakistan still financing Mumbai attack mastermind

Jun 16 2010

Lahore : The government of Pakistan's Punjab province provided Rs 82.77 million to Jamaat-ud-Dawah and its allied institutions during the last fiscal year, according to official documents.

The supplementary budget for the past fiscal tabled in the Punjab assembly for approval revealed that the PML-N-led provincial government made a grant of over Rs 79 million to the Markaz-e-Tayyaba, the JuD headquarters in Muridke near Lahore.

Another Rs 3 million was given as grants to schools run by the JuD in different districts of Punjab, according to the official documents.

Provincial Law Minister Rana Sanaullah, under a cloud for his links to banned groups like the Sipah-e-Sahaba, admitted that the money had been given to the JuD.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistan-still-financing-mumbai-attack-mastermind/634566/

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Setbacks Cloud U.S. Plans to Get Out of Afghanistan

By PETER BAKER and MARK LANDLER

16 June 2010

WASHINGTON — Six months after President Obama decided to send more forces to Afghanistan, the halting progress in the war has crystallized longstanding tensions within the government over the viability of his plan to turn around the country and begin pulling out by July 2011.

Within the administration, the troubles in clearing out the Taliban from a second-tier region and the elusive loyalties of the Afghan president have prompted anxious discussions about whether the policy can work on the timetable the president has set. Even before the recent setbacks, the military was highly skeptical of setting a date to start withdrawing, but Mr. Obama insisted on it as a way to bring to conclusion a war now in its ninth year.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/15/world/asia/15military.html

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Huge Obstacles In Exploiting Afghan Minerals

Jun 16th, 2010

It could take years and possibly even a peace settlement for Afghanistan to reap profits from nearly $1 trillion in mineral resources that US geologists say lie beneath its rugged terrain some in areas currently controlled by Taliban insurgents or warlords.

Geologists have known for decades that Afghanistan has vast mineral wealth, but a US department of defence briefing this week put a startling price tag on the country’s reserves of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and other prized minerals: at least $908 billion.

Full report at:

http://www.asianage.com/international/huge-obstacles-exploiting-afghan-minerals-820

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Iraqi Kurdistan must stop genital mutilation - report

Jun 16, 2010

(Reuters) - The practice of female genital cutting, or "circumcision", is widespread in Iraq's northern Kurdish region and authorities must develop a long-term plan to eradicate it, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday.

It is estimated that more than 130 million women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), a centuries-old practice still common in some countries, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, western and southern Asia and parts of the Middle East.

In a report titled "They took me and told me nothing", the New York-based rights watchdog said the most common form practiced in Iraqi Kurdistan was the partial or total removal of the clitoris and/or prepuce (clitoral hood).

Full report at:

http://in.reuters.com/article/idINIndia-49343520100616

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'LeT, ISI nexus behind attacks on Indians in Afghanistan'

Jun 16 2010

New York : In what clearly showcases Pakistan’s wicked face, several Afghan and international intelligence officials and diplomats stationed in Kabul have confirmed that the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), with the help of the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), has expanded its anti-India operations into Afghanistan and set up training camps, adding new volatility to the relationship between New Delhi and Islamabad.

The LeT is believed to have planned or executed three major attacks against Indian government employees and private workers in Afghanistan in recent months, officials said.

Pakistan maintains that it no longer supports or assists the LeT, responsible for the ghastly November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, but its expanded activities in Afghanistan, particularly against Indian targets, prompt suspicions that it has become one of Pakistan’s proxies to counteract India’s influence in the war ravaged country, The New York Times reports.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/let-isi-nexus-behind-attacks-on-indians-in-afghanistan/634515/

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Top 100 'women friendly' mosques revealed

June 16, 2010

The top one hundred mosques for meeting the needs of Muslim women has been launched

A directory of the 100 most 'women-friendly' mosques in England has been launched today.

The list has been compiled inter-faith, community cohesion and conflict resolution organisation, Faith Matters with support from the government and Muslim women's groups.

Every mosque in the ‘women friendly’ directory is listed as either five or four star depending on how many of the five key criteria, identified by Muslim women as important to them in their places of worship, they met.

The five key criteria include the provision of separate prayer space for women; services and activities geared towards women; and an Imam or female scholar who is accessible to women.

Full report at:

http://menmedia.co.uk/manchestereveningnews/news/s/1242380_top_100_women_friendly_mosques_revealed

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Lashkar expands attacks in Afghanistan, targets Indians

Alissa J Rubin

Jun 16, 2010

KABUL, Afghanistan — A Pakistani-based militant group identified with attacks on Indian targets has expanded its operations in Afghanistan, inflicting casualties on Afghans and Indians alike, setting up training camps, and adding new volatility to relations between India and Pakistan.

The group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, is believed to have planned or executed three major attacks against Indian government employees and private workers in Afghanistan in recent months, according to Afghan and international intelligence officers and diplomats here. It continues to track Indian development workers and others for possible attack, they said.

Lashkar was behind the synchronized attacks on several civilian targets in Mumbai, India, in 2008, in which at least 163 people were killed. Its inroads in Afghanistan provide a fresh indication of its growing ambitions to confront India even beyond the disputed territory of Kashmir, for which Pakistan’s military and intelligence services created the group as a proxy force decades ago.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/India/Lashkar-expands-attacks-in-Afghanistan-targets-Indians/articleshow/6053914.cms

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British Afghanistan toll nears 300 as two more die

16 June 2010

LONDON - Two British soldiers were shot dead Tuesday in southern Afghanistan, the Ministry of Defence said, taking the country’s military death toll since the US-led invasion to nearly 300.

The announcement came after the ministry said earlier that a marine had died Monday of injuries sustained in a firefight.

The latest deaths made 2010 the second-worst year for British troops in Afghanistan, with 53 people losing their lives so far.

They also took to 298 the number of British troops killed since operations began in October 2001. Of these, at least 264 died as a result of hostile action.

he two soldiers killed Tuesday were shot in separate incidents in the Nad-e Ali district of southern Helmand Province. They were both from 1st Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/June/international_June691.xml&section=international&col=

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US top general in Iraq, Afghanistan collapses during hearing

Jun 16, 2010

WASHINGTON: US Gen. David Petraeus, who is in charge of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, briefly collapsed at a Capitol Hill hearing on Tuesday, most likely from dehydration, and then regained his composure.

Petraeus, a fitness fanatic who was treated for prostate cancer last year, appeared to slump over his seat before being helped by aides and walking out of the room.

"It wasn't Senator McCain's questions," he joked later after recovering, referring Arizona Senator John McCain who was questioning him at the time over the pace of military action in Afghanistan during the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article66678.ece

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'Several hundred' dead in Kyrgyz unrest, says Red Cross

By YURAS KARMANAU & SERGEI GRITS

Jun 16, 2010

OSH, Kyrgyzstan: Rioting has killed at least several hundred people in the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan, the Red Cross said Tuesday, as new reports strengthened suspicions that the violence was deliberately ignited to undermine the interim government.

The southern part of the impoverished Central Asian nation has been convulsed by days of rioting targeting minority Uzbeks, which has left the country's second-largest city, Osh, in smoldering ruins and sent over 100,000 Uzbeks fleeing for their lives to neighboring Uzbekistan.

The International Committee of the Red Cross had no precize figure of the dead, but spokesman Christian Cardon said "we are talking about several hundreds." That figure is significantly higher than the current official estimate.

Uzbekistan closed the border Tuesday, leaving many camped out on the Kyrgyz side or stranded behind barbed-wire fences in no-man's land.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article66674.ece

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Jihad on Thamm's behalf, in spirit of Islam

Jun 16, 2010

Dr F Amod: I wish to comment on the use of the word "fatwa", which means "a religious ruling", in "Feminists lack a funny bone? Don't make me laugh!" (June 6) .

 The writer's use of this word is incorrect and insulting to Muslims.

Certain government agencies and groups have hijacked Islamic concepts to suit their political agendas by distorting the original meaning to demonise Muslims and malign Islam. Some examples are:

"Jihad", which means "to strive to your utmost to achieve any good" - a student makes jihad to achieve the best results in the exams. My writing this letter to you is also considered a jihad.

Full report at:

http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/article500614.ece/Jihad-on-Thamms-behalf-in-spirit-of-Islam

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Niger: Imams warn against presence of dangerous Islamic sect

Dipo Laleye, Minna

16 June 2010

The league of Imams in Niger State has alerted the state government to the existence of an Islamic  sect, Kalakato,  that could be more dangerous than the Boko Haram and Daru Islam sects that were dislodged last year.

The imams asked the government to take immediate action to check the activities of the sect before it started violence.

The sect, according to the imams, believed the Quran discouraged their members from upholding the provisions of the hadith and that they had been growing in large number and spreading to several locations in the Niger State capital.

Full report at:

http://www.tribune.com.ng/index.php/news/6903-delta-commends-monarchs-role-in-peace-security-agenda

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Lessons from the Jews and conflict resolution'

Jennie S. Bev, San Francisco

16 June 2010

The historical backdrop of the Israel-Palestine conflict can be traced back 5,000 years to 3000 BC.

The story of struggling Jews is part legend, part scriptural, part psychological, and entirely political.

Religions happen to be in the picture because the Middle East is the birthplace of three monotheisms — Judaism, Christianity and Islam — thus making it “the cradle of civilization”.

This “cradle” status ensures the region is continuously in the limelight. Religions are involved, yet they are not the main concern. Instead, this conflict is a humanitarian issue of massive proportion. Like the Mindanao conflict, the Israel-Palestine conflict also centers on a piece of land.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/06/16/lessons-jews-and-conflict-resolution.html

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Pakistan action kills six in Bajaur: officials

Jun 16, 2010

KHAR: Pakistani attack helicopters and heavy artillery on Wednesday killed six militants in a tribal district on the Afghan border where commanders had said the Taliban were purged, officials said.

Pakistani troops have been fighting in Bajaur since August 2008, trying to smash Taliban and Al-Qaeda hideouts, but there are indications that militants are trying to make yet another comeback.

Commanders claimed victory in February 2009 but violence returned when the military switched attention to fighting the Taliban in South Waziristan and Swat, elsewhere in the northwest.

Troops mounted another offensive in Bajaur earlier this year and declared the terrain again free of Taliban in March.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-action-kills-six-in-Bajaur-officials/articleshow/6054402.cms

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British soldiers heckled by Muslim war protesters

Jun 16, 2010

LONDON: A group of Muslim protesters heckled British soldiers and brandished placards opposing the war in Afghanistan during a homecoming parade for troops in east London.

The protesters, wearing black shirts, gathered in Barking town centre, as members of the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment marched through the streets on Tuesday.

There were about 25 to 30 Muslim protesters, carrying placards saying "Muslims Against Crusades" and "British Soldiers go to Hell."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said two people had been arrested for public order offences.

Barking and Dagenham councillor Liam Smith said the march was unaffected by the protest.

He said: "I'm glad the actions of a vocal minority failed to spoil what was a proud day in the borough's history and one we will remember for all the right reasons in years to come.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/British-soldiers-heckled-by-Muslim-war-protesters/articleshow/6054579.cms

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‘Terror’ strikes Ahmedabad again, only this time it is a mock drill

Jun 16 2010

Ahmedabad : Operation a success; to be held at regular intervals for combat readiness of law enforcers, says Gujarat ATS chief

A ‘Terrorr Strike’ at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Navrangpura brought back the horrors of the 26/11 Mumbai attack, causing panic in the city on Tuesday afternoon. Shopkeepers downed shutters and fled; passersby took to their heels; people frantically called up their kith and kin and asked them to stay safe as news of the ‘attack’ spread like wildfire across Ahmedabad.

Only later did people realise that the well-orchestrated attack was actually part of a mock drill, the details of which were known only to a few senior police officers.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/-Terror--strikes-Ahmedabad-again--only-this-time-it-is-a-mock-drill/634465

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Emerging humanitarian crisis in Kyrgyzstan: US

Jun 16 2010

Washington : Observing that the situation in Kyrgyzstan is tense especially along the Uzbek-Kyrgyz border, US which is in touch with several countries in the region including Russia has said there is an emerging humanitarian crisis in this Central Asian republic.

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Robert Blake who is in the region, spoke with the Interim President Roza Otunbayeva to get updated on the current situation there and discussed efforts internationally to provide assistance to Kyrgyzstan.

Blake will be going to Tashkent today from where he will then travel down to the Fergana Valley to see firsthand the current situation involving individuals who have crossed over the border between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan and evaluate directly the humanitarian situation there.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/emerging-humanitarian-crisis-in-kyrgyzstan-us/634505/

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Pak trying to act as bridge between Karzai, Haqqani network

Jun 16 2010

Islamabad : Pakistan is trying to mediate for a rapprochement between Afghanistan's dreaded Haqqani network and the Hamid Karzai government, in an apparent effort to have a major say in the country's set up after the American troops withdraw in 2011.

Pakistan has entered the reconciliation process in Afghanistan by taking on the task of acting as a bridge between the network of militant commander Sirajuddin Haqqani and the government in Kabul, a media report said today.

"Preliminary contacts have been established with Siraj Haqqani and other leaders of his group through intermediaries in a bid to engineer a rapprochement with the Karzai administration," an unnamed senior Pakistani security official was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-trying-to-act-as-bridge-between-karzai-haqqani-network/634595/

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Malaysia child marriage: Developed states see the highest incidence

Jun 16, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR - More than 470 children under the age of 15 were preparing to get married in Malaysia last year, according to government statistics, showing the practice of child marriage is more prevalent than previously thought.

The phenomenon came under the spotlight in March when two girls aged 10 and 11 were married off to men in their 40s in the northern state of Kelantan.

But, data from a recent Health Ministry report on premarital HIV screening for Muslim couples show that these are not isolated cases, reported The New Straits Times.

The report said that last year, 32 girls under the age of 10 and 445 girls between the ages of 10 and 14 underwent HIV testing, a compulsory requirement for Muslims wanting to get married. Two boys under the age of 14 were also screened for HIV.

Full report at:

http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC100614-0000054/Msia-child-marriage--Developed-states-see-the-highest-incidence

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Iran to build 'powerful' new nuclear research reactor

Jun 16, 2010

TEHRAN: Iran is designing a new nuclear reactor for radio-isotope production that is "more powerful" than its existing Tehran research facility, atomic chief Ali Akbar Salehi said on Wednesday.

Salehi said Tehran will also adopt a "dual-track" policy in dealing with the world powers which imposed new sanctions on Tehran even as they offered to talk with the Islamic republic over its nuclear programme.

"Iran is designing a reactor to produce radio isotopes which will be more powerful than the Tehran reactor and this reactor will be commissioned soon in the country," Salehi was quoted as saying on state television's website.

Salehi, who implements Iran's nuclear programme which Western powers suspect masks an atomic weapons drive, said Tehran wanted to commission several such reactors across the country.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/Iran-to-build-powerful-new-nuclear-research-reactor/articleshow/6054340.cms

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After Belgium, Spain on track to restricting burqa use

Jun 16, 2010

MADRID: Spain’s government on Tuesday said it favors barring the use of burqas in government buildings, joining other European countries considering similar moves on the grounds that such garments are degrading to women.

Total body-covering Islamic veils demean women and the restriction will be included in an upcoming bill on religious issues, justice minister Francisco Caamano said.

The minister said garments like the burqa are “hardly compatible with human dignity” or with identifying a person in public spaces such as town halls or public schools.

The so-called religious freedom bill would also prohibit religious symbols like crucifixes or statues in state-owned buildings including hospitals.

Belgium’s lower house recently approved a ban on veils, though it has to be ratified by the upper chamber.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/After-Belgium-Spain-on-track-to-restricting-burqa-use/articleshow/6052666.cms

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Canadian courts must face down Islamism’s niqab

Jun 16, 2010

Once again, the niqab looms large over an Ontario court as a symbol of Islamist oppression of Muslim women.

Cultural theory suggests symbols and artifacts, such as the face-covering niqab, reveal the deeper sentiments underlying a culture. These include the values we hold dear. They also include the norms and assumptions that drive our behaviour. The niqab to many symbolizes deep-rooted sexism, patriarchal control and inveterate misogyny. By far, it remains the most pernicious symbol of female subjugation, as many believe the niqab greatly stigmatizes and marginalizes women in society.

That perception is hardly mistaken. Despite pronouncements by niqab-clad women to the contrary, the niqab is just that – a means of control over women’s bodies, movements and activities.

Full report at:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/opinions/canadian-courts-must-face-down-islamisms-niqab/article1603937/

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Stop the carnage in Kyrgyzstan

16 June 2010

Kyrgyzstan remains on the brink. In fact, over the past couple of days things have gone from bad to worse. Nearly 150 people have been killed in the ethnic clashes and the carnage by marauding mobs with thousands still trying to flee the chaos in Osh.

There are fears that the toll could be much higher.  Situation will perhaps become clear only when the order is restored in the Central Asian republic.  When will that happen, though?

With Kyrgyzstan’s neighbours as well as big powers that have long been engaged in power games in the region both remaining callously indifferent, that looks like a remote possibility for now.  After four days of bloody clashes, the United Nations has responded to the crisis by calling for creating an “aid corridor” in the country, allowing in international aid and rescue missions.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=data/editorial/2010/June/editorial_June30.xml&section=editorial&col=

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US says it is recommitted to diplomatic options with Iran

Jun 16, 2010

WASHINGTON: US has said it is recommitted to diplomatic options with Iran, but its goal remains the same-to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

"I don't think that there should be any doubt in Tehran's mind that we stand ready. When we were with the Iranian representative in Geneva on October 1st, we made clear that we hope to have a follow-up meeting.

At that meeting, Iran itself said that it was willing to meet again. Then subsequently Iran failed to follow up," state department spokesman P J Crowley, told reporters here.

Observing that the sanctions are a means to an end, Crowley said ultimately, US want to see Iran change its current course.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-says-it-is-recommitted-to-diplomatic-options-with-Iran/articleshow/6052992.cms

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UN to take seized flotilla goods to Gaza: Israel

Jun 16, 2010

JERUSALEM: The United Nations will take to Gaza tons of aid supplies languishing in an Israeli port for two weeks since they were seized in a bloody sea confrontation, the Israeli military said on Tuesday.

Robert Serry, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, told the UN Security Council in New York that Israel agreed to release the cargo "on the understanding that it is for the United Nations to determine its appropriate humanitarian use in Gaza."

The military said the aid, taken from a six-ship Gaza-bound flotilla, would fill 70 trucks.

Up to now, the Hamas rulers of Gaza have refused to accept the aid as a protest against Israel's three-year blockade of the territory. Hamas had no comment on the arrangement, under which the UN would take charge of seeing that the aid would be used in authorized humanitarian projects.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/UN-to-take-seized-flotilla-goods-to-Gaza-Israel/articleshow/6053950.cms

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The oppressed, non-Muslims, minority sects feel the heat

By Mahtab Bashir

Jun 16, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Insani Haqooq Ittehad (IHI) has taken a strong exception to the reported government move to appoint Senator Muhammad Shirani as chairman of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and called upon the government to cancel the putative appointment as the decision will be contrary to the basic criteria required for such responsible positions.

The call was made at a press conference addressed by representatives of over 30 NGOs that make part of IHI, in addition to individuals and groups. Those who spoke on the occasion included human rights activists Tahira Abdullah, Kishwar Naheed, Wasim Wahga, Shabana Arif, Samina Nazir, Dr Zareena and Gul Naz Shiekh.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\16\story_16-6-2010_pg11_1

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Omar wants to call a daughter Elizabeth... after the Queen

Jun 16, 2010

"I haven't given up on it yet, I'm going to reapply."

Six-times married Zaina is sure she has found lasting happiness with former scrap metal contractor Omar, who is on a global publishing tour promoting his book and currently in Thailand.

As well as a home in the UK, the couple also hope to have a base in the USA, where the 9/11 attacks killed almost 3,000 people. Incredibly, the Bin Ladens are actually WELCOMED in America.

Zaina said: "The Americans have been amazing to us and Omar's book has sold well there, as well as other countries around the world."

She insists that, despite her age, doctors have told her the IVF procedure has the same chance of working for her as for anyone else.

Full report at:

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/features/3015844/Osama-Bin-Ladens-son-wants-to-call-daughter-Elizabeth-after-the-Queen.html?OTC-RSS

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Pune German Bakery blast: Abdul Bhatkal granted bail

16 June 2010

NEW DELHI: Abdul Samad Bhatkal, arrested in 2009 illegal arms seizure case and a suspect in the Pune German Bakery blast case was granted bail by a court on a surety of Rs 25,000.

The Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad had arrested Abdul Samad Bhatkal from Mangalore. Acting on a tip off from intelligence agencies, Bhatkal was arrested Mangalore's Bajpe airport shortly after he arrived from Dubai last month.

The investigating agency, in its report, had identified four more suspects involved in the blast, including the planters of the bomb-laden bag which went off in the German Bakery.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pune-German-Bakery-blast-Abdul-Bhatkal-granted-bail/articleshow/6050756.cms

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Malaysia deports 10 foreign terrorist suspects

16 June 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has arrested and deported 10 foreigners suspected of trying to recruit university students to revive a regional terrorist network, police said Tuesday.

The foreigners were arrested over the past six months at different locations, national police chief Musa Hassan said. They allegedly tried to recruit students to work abroad for the Al-Qaeda-linked Southeast Asian group Jemaah Islamiyah.

Jemaah Islamiyah is blamed for several deadly attacks in the region, including the 2002 bombings on the Indonesian island of Bali that killed 202 people.

“All have been deported,” Musa told The Associated Press, declining to give further details.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/21-malaysia-deports-10-foreign-terrorist-suspects-sk-09

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Islamic finance 'must focus on regulations'

16 June 2010

To continue to grow, Islamic finance needs to examine its foundations and ensure they are strong enough to support the massive growth the industry has seen in recent years.

That was the message from Central Bank of Bahrain Governor Rasheed Al Maraj to delegates at the first Annual World Islamic Banking Conference Asia Summit in Singapore yesterday.

In a keynote address, he said that three issues the industry had to address were concerns about achieving certainty in contracts, the need to enhance the industry's ability to manage risk and the development of a regulatory framework to keep pace with the rapid growth of the industry.

Full report at:

http://www.tradearabia.com/news/newsdetails.asp?Sn=BANK&artid=181504

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'M'sia used as terror base'

16 June 2010

KUALA LUMPUR - FOREIGN militants are using mainly Muslim Malaysia as a base to beef up their violent struggle and recruit new members, a senior minister said on Tuesday.

Hishammuddin Hussein, in charge of domestic security, confirmed that there were Islamic and non-Islamic militant groups operating in the country.

The militants were using Malaysia to carry out financial transactions, information sharing and recruitment of new members, he said. 'Among those targeted for recruitment are students of local higher learning institutions,' he was quoted as saying by the official Bernama news agency.

Mr Hishammuddin's remarks come after Musa Hassan, inspector-general of police, on Monday said 10 foreigners had been deported for trying to recruit students to wage holy war overseas.

Full report at:

http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/SEAsia/Story/STIStory_540667.html

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Amnesty says Israeli flotilla probe lacks transparency

Jun 16, 2010

LONDON: Amnesty International criticised on Tuesday Israel's planned internal probe of the deadly raid on a Gaza aid flotilla, saying it would lack transparency and was unlikely to ensure accountability.

The Israeli committee, which will include two foreign observers, was formed to conduct an investigation into the legal aspects of the May 31 operation in which commandos killed nine Turkish activists and wounded many more.

"The format of this government-appointed commission represents a disappointment and a missed opportunity," Malcolm Smart, Amnesty's director for the Middle East and North Africa, said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/World/UK/Amnesty-says-Israeli-flotilla-probe-lacks-transparency/articleshow/6052258.cms

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Jama’at planning to float party

Jun 16th, 2010

The Jama’at-e-Islami is planning to launch own political party even when it is being accused of holding on to the doctrine of religious absolutism by the CPI(M) and Congress ally Indian Union Muslim League. Jama’at leaders are consistently denying any such move but sources in the organization admit that it could float a political party after the Kerala Assembly polls in April-May next.

Officials in the Intelligence wing of the Kerala Police, which has intensified its watch on the outfit in the context of the allegations being raised by major political parties that its ideology has pro-extremist leanings, say that the Jama’at could soon launch a political organization. As part of the initial efforts to launch a party, the Jama’at is presently in the process of constituting local-level forums known as Janakeeya Vikasana Samithis (People’s Development Committees).

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/262829/Jama%E2%80%99at-planning-to-float-party.html

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'Economic cities create jobs'

By P.K. ABDUL GHAFOUR

16 June 2010

JEDDAH: Crown Prince Sultan, deputy premier and minister of defense and aviation, emphasized Tuesday the role of economic cities in attracting domestic and foreign investment and creating new job opportunities for young Saudi men and women.

Prince Sultan made the comment during his visit to King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) in Rabigh. “The launch of mega economic cities by Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah came in line with his futuristic vision,” the crown prince wrote in the visitors’ register.

He said the economic cities would also activate the private sector’s role in achieving balanced development in various parts of the country. The four economic cities in Rabigh, Madinah, Hail and Jazan are expected to attract investments worth SR300 billion.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article66832.ece

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UN to deliver seized Gaza cargo on ships

16 June 2010

 The United Nations has agreed to deliver to Gaza cargo aboard three aid ships seized by Israel on May 31 and has won the consent of Israel and the cargo’s Turkish owners to do so.

Israel’s navy took control of a six-ship convoy trying to run the Jewish state’s blockade of Gaza and forced it to dock in Israeli ports. Nine people were killed aboard one vessel, the Turkish-registered Mavi Mara, provoking an international outcry. Israel said its commandos acted in self-defense.

U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry told the Security Council the United Nations was ready to take responsibility for delivery of the aid cargo “on an exceptional basis.”

The world body “has obtained the consent of the cargo owners of the three Turkish-registered vessels to take possession of and responsibility for the entire cargo and ensure its timely distribution in Gaza for humanitarian purposes as determined by the United Nations,” Serry said.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/June/middleeast_June487.xml&section=middleeast

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Suspected Hezbollah financier arrested in Paraguay

16 June 2010

 ASUNCION - Interpol said on Tuesday it has arrested a Lebanese national suspected of funneling money to the Shia militant group Hezbollah in Paraguay in the tri-border area with Argentina and Brazil.

Moussa Hamdan, 38, was arrested in Ciudad del Este, part of the Triple Frontier, a region the United States has repeatedly cited as being exploited by militant groups that “finance terrorist activities.”

Local media, citing local security officials, said Hamdan was financing Hezbollah, which fought a devastating 2006 war with Israel and is blacklisted as a terror group by Washington.

The Interpol chief in Paraguay, Jose Chena, said justice officials would decide within about six weeks whether to extradite Hamdan to the United States, where an arrest warrant has been issued against him.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/June/middleeast_June488.xml&section=middleeast

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Abbas wants Israel to open all Gaza crossings

16 June 2010

SHARM EL-SHEIKH: Israel should open all seven of its crossings to Gaza, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Tuesday, as a Lebanese women's group said it was sending an aid ship carrying medical supplies to Gaza.

Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog said Israel was examining ending the closure in its existing form, calling the current policy counterproductive and confirming remarks by Middle East envoy Tony Blair that change was likely.

Israel has come under international pressure to lift the blockade following the fallout from its assault on a flotilla of aid ships on May 31 in which Israeli forces killed 9 people.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article66752.ece

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Iran rejects possible EU sanctions as 'illogical'

By PARISA HAFEZI & HOSSEIN JASEB

16 June 2010

TEHRAN: Iran on Tuesday rejected as "illogical and wrong" the European Union's plans for tighter sanctions against the Islamic state over its disputed nuclear activities, which the West fears is a cover to build bombs.

Moving beyond a fourth round of UN sanctions imposed on Iran last week, the EU will push ahead with plans for tighter sanctions against Iran on Thursday, including measures to stem investment in the energy sector, a draft obtained by Reuters showed.

European Union foreign ministers, who are responsible for agreeing a bloc-wide position ahead of an EU summit on Thursday, signed off on a statement on Monday that goes substantially beyond the fourth round of UN sanctions.

Iran has repeatedly shrugged off the impact of international sanctions, but analysts say the new measures could be more painful for the major oil producer because they target Iran's energy sector.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article66615.ece

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Kerala daily to serve as conduit for UAE police

16 June 2010

ABU DHABI: A Kerala-based newspaper has agreed to serve as a media conduit for police in the United Arab Emirates with the Indian community in the country.

A memorandum of understanding to this effect was signed on Sunday by Lt. Col. Khalid Al-Shamsi, deputy director for technical security and media affairs in Abu Dhabi police, and M.K.M. Abbas, editor in chief of Siraj, a Malayalam-language newspaper also published from Dubai. The ceremony was attended by Maj. Gen. Khalil Dawood Badran, director general of finance and services at the Abu Dhabi police and Kanthapuram Abubakr Musliar, chairman of Siraj Publishing Group.

Welcoming the agreement, Maj. Gen. Badran praised the efforts made by the newspaper to educate the 1.5 million-strong Kerala community in the UAE about the country’s laws and regulations.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article66736.ece

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Five Nato troops, Afghan official die as attacks rise

16 Jun, 2010

KABUL: Five Nato troops including one American died Tuesday, continuing a grim trend that could make June among the deadliest months of the nearly 9-year-old Afghan war.

Five Afghan policemen and a district governor were also killed Tuesday in separate fighting across the country, which has seen an uptick in attacks by insurgents in response to increased offensives by the international coalition.

US officials insisted the Afghan campaign is on track, although they concede that pacifying the insurgent-riddled south will take longer than expected.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/06-five-nato-troops-afghan-official-die-as-attacks-rise-rs-04

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Afghan Taliban denies link to Pakistan’s ISI: report

June 16, 2010

WASHINGTON: The Afghan Taliban is denying a report that it receives funding, training and protection from Pakistan's ISI intelligence agency, a US monitoring group said Tuesday.

A message viewed by the US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors communications linked to international terrorism, said the Afghan Taliban described the reported link this week as “void of all truth, false and untrue propaganda.”

The comment came in reaction to a report for the London School of Economics (LSE) based on interviews with nine Taliban field commanders in Afghanistan between February and May of this year.

That report claimed the relationship between the ISI and the militants goes far beyond current estimates and that the Pakistani intelligence agency “orchestrates, sustains and strongly influences the movement.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/world/16-afghan+taliban+denies+link+to+pakistan+isi+report-hs-04

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Seven injured in two Quetta explosions

June 16, 2010

QUETTA: Seven people including two women were wounded on Tuesday in two different bomb explosions in two different areas of Quetta.

Police sources said that unidentified motorcycle riders threw a hand grenade in a shop in the Almo chowk area, injuring three people.

In another incident, four people including two women were injured when an explosive material went off in a house in Kali Agrab.

Police shifted the injured to the Civil Hospital and has initiated investigation.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/news/pakistan/metropolitan/12-seven+injured+in+two+quetta+explosions--bi-04

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FBI apologises to Pakistani in bomb case

16 Jun, 2010

NEW YORK, June 15: A New York man whose house was raided during the probe into the attempted car bombing of Times Square says the FBI has offered him an apology.

Mohammad Iqbal says agents returned his Pakistani passport and other items they seized in the raid on his home in Shirley, on Long Island, according to Newsday newspaper.

Authorities were looking for possible links to Faisal Shahzad, who they say drove a car with a homemade bomb into Times Square on May 1. Mr Iqbal says he never met Shahzad. Mr Iqbal said he believed the FBI “felt bad for all the bother to someone who is really loyal to this country.”.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/front-page/fbi-apologises-to-pakistani-in-bomb-case-660

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Lebanese women to send Gaza aid ship

16 Jun, 2010

BEIRUT, June 15: An aid ship transporting medical supplies to Gaza is to leave Lebanon in the coming days with dozens of women activists on board, one of the organisers said on Tuesday.

“We are all independent women who believe in breaking the (Israeli) siege on Gaza,” said Samar Hajj, who is coordinating the trip.

But Israel warned that it would not allow the boat to pass or for Lebanon’s Hezbollah group to use it to transport arms to the Gaza Strip.

“We will not let Iran or an organisation like Hezbollah bring weapons and rockets into Gaza which could kill Israelis,” a senior Israeli government source said, insisting the boat would not be allowed to reach Gaza.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/lebanese-women-to-send-gaza-aid-ship-660

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Houses of 10 Taliban torched in Bajaur Agency

June 16, 2010

BAJAUR AGENCY: Houses of 10 terrorists were set ablaze by the law enforcement agencies, local jirga and the political administration in tehsil Mohmand of the Bajaur Agency on Tuesday. These terrorists were wanted in crimes of heinous nature. The security forces conducted search operations at the Malangai, Zaray and Zagai areas of the tehsil Mohmand and destroyed several hideouts of the terrorists. Separately, 16 terrorists surrendered to the security forces in tehsil Mohmand of the Bajaur Agency.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\16\story_16-6-2010_pg1_7

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Reporter Hayatullah’s children want murderers arrested

By Iqbal Khattak

16 June 2010

PESHAWAR: Children of assassinated reporter Hayatullah Khan have expressed anguish over the government’s failure to apprehend the murderers, demanding the government take the culprits to task at the earliest.

“The government must tell us who killed our father, it must arrest the murderers,” said Kamran Hayat, Khan’s eight-year-old son.

Khan was abducted on December 5, 2005 and his handcuffed body was found near Mir Ali in North Waziristan in 2006.

He had been shot in the head, and his thin body suggested that he underwent considerable suffering in the six months in captivity that preceded his death.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\06\16\story_16-6-2010_pg7_16

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12 Afghan police, 6 civilians killed

16 June 2010

KABUL (Afghanistan)—A string of militant attacks in Afghanistan have killed 12 police officers while six civilians died in bombings, authorities said Tuesday. Also, a U.S. service member was killed Tuesday in a gunbattle in eastern Afghanistan, said Col. Wayne Shanks, a spokesman for U.S. forces. And a British Marine died in a hospital in Britain from injuries sustained in a firefight Sunday in southern Helmand province, the British Defense Ministry said. Both NATO troops and Afghan security forces have been suffering heavier casualties in recent weeks. Including the latest deaths, 41 international service members have been killed in Afghanistan so far this month, 27 of them American.

http://dailymailnews.com/0610/16/Brief/Brief5.php

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Five more targeted in Karachi; total 14 killed

June 16, 2010

KARACHI: At least five more citizens have been targeted killed overnight in metropolis including a law enforcement agency’s personnel, mounting the killing tally to 14 during last three days, Geo news reported.

All the alleged killed persons were shot dead in cold blood in various parts of Karachi, sources said.

Police personnel namely Zahid was gunned down by unknown gunmen in New Karachi Sector-5. Deceased received 11 bullets into his body.

Zahid was deputed at Nazimabad police station and was heading to home after his duty was over.

Javaid Pathan alias Javedaan was shot dead near Maripur bus stop who was allegedly wanted in 15 criminal and drug cases.

Full report at:

http://thenews.com.pk/updates.asp?id=106747

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Sindh govt fails to stop ‘target killings’ in Karachi

16 June 2010

 KARACHI — Despite warnings and fresh powers being given to law enforcement agencies by the government to deal firmly with those involved in target killings there was no let up in the crime in Karachi on Tuesday as seven more people including a 12-year-old boy were shot dead during the last 24 hours.

Sindh government, under fire for its inability to curb the incidents of target killings that had left the city at the mercy of killers, on Tuesday banned public meetings for the next 30 days.

Karachi police, backed by Rangers, appear to be helpless in preventing the target killings and no one has been arrested so far although the recent surge in the crime started five days back.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/June/international_June715.xml&section=international&col=

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