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Saudi King Abdullah proposed planting chips in Gitmo prisoners upon release

'Af govt releasing top Taliban men for cash'

Pakistani sues US for drone death of son & bro, seeks $500m

Arrest warrant for WikiLeaks chief as chaos spreads

Plot to blow up Pakistani PM's rally foiled

Asma Jahangir assails LHC’s Aasia order

Balochistan governor escapes bomb attack

Six killed in suicide attack in Bannu

Pak court bars Zardari from pardoning blasphemy accused woman

Car bomb kills three, injures 22 in Iraq

Nine Afghan guards kidnapped in Kabul province

Sherry submits bill for amending blasphemy laws

Israel says Arabs agree on Iran threat

N-tangle : Washington mulling military options against Tehran

Iraq court gives Tariq Aziz new 10 year sentence

Shia leader killed in Karachi

Sonia in Rae Bareli: Dalits and Muslims on agenda

Ace scholar Dr. Omar Khalidi dies in an accident

Over 35 Pakistani Govt Websites Hacked

WikiLeaks: Hillary called India self-appointed front-runner for UNSC seat

Saudi King calls Zardari rotten head

U.S. behind disclosures, says Ahmadinejad

CIA targets Qaeda No. 2 who’s a step ahead of them

Muzaffar Ali lends words to his romance with the Sufis

Wiki al- Qaeda! US Congressman wants WikiLeaks on terror list

Al Qaeda claims attack on Yemen Shia

Kin of Pakistan drone victim to sue CIA

Women Human Rights Defenders Day marked in Lahore

“Ghadir” Special Volume Published in Sierra Leone

Media need to create awareness of women's issues, says Adela

Jeddah school gives pupils a ‘lesson’ in social service

Hariri says Lebanon won’t pressure Iran on nukes

Turkish PM to receive Qaddafi award

Western economic aid to Muslim nations who hate non-Muslims

Muslim Orphans Caught Between Sharia, U.S. Law

'WikiLeaks founder could be charged under Espionage Act'

Shahrukh to promote Bangladesh

Terrorist arrested for Sri Lankan team attack in Lahore

A former imam, ideologist of terrorists killed in Dagestan

Canada slammed for Afghan child prisoner handover

UK study highlights anti-Muslim hate crimes

 Islamic Clothing Most Popular Fashion in Indonesia

Suburbs Greater Threat to Muslims in UK

Iran's supreme leader has terminal cancer: WikiLeaks

Man behind the bombshell: A disgruntled US soldier

Young US soldier at center of WikiLeaks probe

US vs WikiLeaks: Whose side are you on?

WikiLeaks: Pakistan, the world's nightmare

Bangladesh apex court upholds Zia's eviction

Pak peaceniks try to soothe pain of Mumbai terror attacks

Cong pulls RSS card on BJP over House deadlock

Roy & Geelani charged with sedition for ‘ anti- India’ barbs

Leaks trigger US diplomatic 9/11

Big Blow To World’s Big Brother

Musharraf won’t answer queries on Benazir death

WikiLeaks reports are 'worthless' and 'mischief': Iran

Turkey did not invite India on Afghan meet to appease Pak

Somali pirates hijack Malaysian ship

Missing Baloch leader not in ISI, MI custody, SHC told

NADRA cancels 80,000 CNICs issued to Afghan refugees

Nawaz dangerous, not trustworthy: Abu Dhabi crown prince

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia proposed planting chips in Gitmo prisoners upon release

November 30, 2010

The release of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables revealing backroom war negotiations — where truth sometimes becomes collateral damage — could become fodder for Al Qaeda propagandists, analysts warn.

Take for instance the blunt admission contained in the thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables that states Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh concealed U.S. missile strikes against a local branch of Al Qaeda.

“We’ll continue saying the bombs are ours, not yours,” Saleh is quoted as telling U.S. Gen. David Petraeus, then the American commander in the Middle East, in a January meeting.

The cable notes that Saleh’s comment prompted Yemen’s deputy prime minister to light-heartedly add that he had just ‘lied’ to parliament, telling them that Yemeni forces had carried out the strike.

The detailed cable goes on to quote Saleh’s concerns about drugs and weapons smuggled from nearby Djibouti — then joking that he is not concerned about whiskey being brought into the Islamic republic, “provided it’s good whiskey.”

It is a poorly kept secret that the U.S. has been heavily involved in Yemeni security since Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claimed credit for last year’s failed Christmas Day plot to down a Detroit-bound flight, among other attacks.

But some warn that Saleh’s candid admission in a country where foreign intervention is despised will be a boon for groups like AQAP.

“President Saleh’s comments will be translated and used over and over again by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula as a recruiting and propaganda tool,” says Princeton scholar and noted Yemen analyst Gregory Johnsen.

“His statements regarding lying about U.S. air strikes and ‘whiskey’ fit seamlessly into a narrative that AQAP has been peddling in Yemen for years.”

Sunday’s disclosure of nearly a quarter-million cables from website whistle-blower WikiLeaks touches on some of the most sensitive and pressing national security concerns, including U.S. fears about the rise of Islamic militant organizations in Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan.

But the cables also provide bizarre details of candid conversations that were sure to make foreign leaders squirm Sunday night and dread the continued release this week of thousands of more cables.

Saudi King Abdullah is reported to have suggested during a March 19 meeting with U.S. counterterrorism advisor John Brennan that surgically implanted chips could help monitor released Guantanamo detainees.

“ ‘I’ve just thought of something,’ the King added, and proposed implanting detainees with an electronic chip containing information about them and allowing their movements to be tracked with Bluetooth,” the cable states.

“ ‘This was done with horses and falcons,’ the King said,” according to the released document.

To which, Brennan reportedly replied, “horses don’t have good lawyers.”

The issue of closing Guantanamo appears often in the cables, although the anticipated disclosure of documents concerning Canadian detainee Omar Khadr was not released Sunday.

Negotiating placement for the Guantanamo detainees became a diplomatic version of “Let’s Make a Deal,” with State Department officials promising lucrative financial and political payoffs to personal meetings with President Barack Obama if allied countries would take a detainee off their hands.

One cable notes that accepting Guantanamo prisoners would be a “low-cost way for Belgium to attain prominence in Europe.”

http://theswash.com/2010/11/29/king-abdullah-of-saudi-arabia-proposed-planting-chips-in-gitmo-prisoners-upon-release/

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'Af govt releasing top Taliban men for cash'

Dec 1, 2010

KABUL: Afghan security forces are freeing captured senior Taliban for payment or political motives, with President Hamid Karzai and his powerful brother among those authorising and requesting releases.

The practice is so systemic that the Taliban have a committee focused on getting their fighters out of jail. It undermines the deterrent effect of arrest and the potential of the prisoner population as a card to play in peace talks, analysts say.

The releases, which were confirmed by several sources familiar with a range of cases, also raise questions about the capacity and political will of Afghan security forces meant to be taking over from foreign troops starting next year.

US forces will begin drawing down numbers from next July and Nato hopes to meet Karzai's 2014 target for all security to be provided by Afghan police and military.

But cases including that of Ghulam Haidar, a top insurgent in the southern Taliban heartland of Kandahar, suggest that a web of complex loyalties and widespread corruption are undermining the fight against the insurgency.

Ghulam Haidar, meaning "servant of God", is a common name in Afghanistan so when Canadian forces turned one of the most dangerous men in Kandahar city over to their Afghan counterparts in March, they may not have realised who he was.

Days later he was walking free again, according to three sources who have investigated prisoner releases or have seen documents about Haidar's capture. They asked not to be named because they are not authorised to release information .

A Kabul-based source with links to Western intelligence services confirmed Haidar was a Taliban leader known to have a major role in the insurgency around the city. Yet his freedom was requested by Karzai's younger brother Ahmad Wali Karzai, head of the Kandahar provincial council.

A spokesman for the interior ministry said it had not been involved in release of any Taliban. "We have no evidence that detained Taliban were released by government officials," Zemarai Bashary said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Af-govt-releasing-top-Taliban-men-for-cash/articleshow/7019775.cms#ixzz16phzUWA6

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Pakistani sues US for drone death of son & bro, seeks $500m

Dec 1, 2010

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani man whose brother and son were killed by what he said was a US drone strike is on an ambitious courtroom quest to get $500 million in compensation and end attacks Washington launches against top militants.

Kareem Khan said a CIA-operated drone fired missiles at his house in Pakistan's North Waziristan on the night of December 31 2009, killing his son Zaenullah, 18, and brother Asif Iqbal.

In a legal notice to US officials including defense secretary Robert Gates and CIA director Leon Panetta, his lawyer is demanding $500 million in compensation.

"We say to them that these drone attacks you are carrying out are killing innocent people," Khan said describing the message he wanted to convey to the Americans.

A US embassy spokesman said no communication had been received over the case.

Pakistan's government routinely protests against the strikes, but analysts say they could not occur without Pakistani help. Khan's attorney, Shahzad Akbar, also plans to file a constitutional petition in a bid to force a showdown.

"If the government is really pushed, we expect it to say it is happening with their knowledge, but not their consent, that they can't do anything against the United States," he said. Akbar hopes the Supreme Court will then rule the drone attacks illegal and put the United States under moral and legal pressure to end them.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistani-sues-US-for-drone-death-of-son-bro-seeks-500m/articleshow/7019786.cms#ixzz16pi5umyJ

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Arrest warrant for WikiLeaks chief as chaos spreads

Dec 1, 2010

WASHINGTON: Interpol on Wednesday issued a global arrest warrant for the shadowy founder of WikiLeaks, as the chaos from its massive dump of secret US cables spread from governments to financial markets.

The United States suspended the military's access to some sensitive US diplomatic correspondence in a bid to stop new leaks, as the leaders of France and Pakistan were the latest to be stung by cables obtained by the website.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a 39-year-old Australian computer hacker, is wanted in Sweden for questioning over the alleged rape and molestation of two women. Assange has denied the charges.

Interpol, which is based in Lyon, France, said early Wednesday local time that it had alerted all member states to arrest Assange if he is spotted. He spends much of his time in Britain and Sweden.

Assange is said to lead a spy-like life of rarely sleeping in the same place twice. Ecuador's left-leaning government initially offered Assange residency, but President Rafael Correa backtracked Tuesday.

In one of a series of defiant media interviews, Assange boasted that he was ready with a fresh "megaleak" that could take down a major bank, leading Bank of America shares to tumble more than three percent Tuesday on speculation.

Assange told Forbes magazine that the bank leak would "give a true and representative insight into how banks behave at the executive level in a way that will stimulate investigations and reforms, I presume."

In another interview conducted from an undisclosed location over a Skype Internet phone, Assange told Time magazine that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should resign over a cable that appeared to show the United States ordered diplomats to spy on foreign officials, particularly at the United Nations.

State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said that Clinton did not draft the document and that her name was affixed systematically to many cables out of Washington.

Crowley said the State Department had temporarily suspended the Pentagon's access to some of its correspondence, halting a trend to greater information sharing within the US government launched after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

"Steps are being made ... to correct weaknesses in the system that have become evident because of this leak," said State Department spokesman Philip Crowley, who characterized Assange as an "anarchist."

WikiLeaks and US authorities have not fully explained how the 250,000 sensitive cables managed to go public. But suspicion has fallen on Bradley Manning, a disgruntled 23-year-old ex-Army intelligence analyst.

The Pentagon has faced questions on how it entrusted so much sensitive data to the low-ranking soldier, who was arrested in May after WikiLeaks released a video showing a 2007 US Apache helicopter strike in Baghdad that killed civilian reporters.

The latest revelations include US accounts that Pakistan's army chief has mused about mounting a coup against President Asif Ali Zardari and that French President Nicolas Sarkozy was so pro-US he considered sending troops to Iraq.

China has called on the United States to "properly handle" the leak after cables indicated that Beijing was frustrated with longtime ally North Korea and may accept its collapse and absorption by the US-backed South.

The head of Russia's foreign intelligence, Mikhail Fradkov, said that WikiLeaks "released a treasure trove of analytical material" and made clear that his service will make use of it.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu poked fun at a leaked memo's description of him as "exceptionally dangerous," saying that he sees only a smiling face in the mirror.

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates also tried to play down the leak, telling reporters that some reactions have been "significantly overwrought."

"Is this embarrassing? Yes. Is it awkward? Yes. Consequences for US foreign policy, I think fairly modest," said Gates, a former CIA director and intelligence analyst.

But Sarah Palin, the former Republican vice presidential candidate who is popular with many US conservatives, denounced what she called the Obama administration's "incompetence."

"Did we use all the cyber tools at our disposal to permanently dismantle WikiLeaks?" she wrote on Facebook, asking if the United States had requested that NATO and the European Union disrupt the website.

Palin called for the United States to treat WikiLeaks like a terrorist organization by freezing the assets of people working for it.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Arrest-warrant-for-WikiLeaks-chief-as-chaos-spreads/articleshow/7020402.cms#ixzz16pi9WEKV

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Plot to blow up Pakistani PM's rally foiled

Dec 1, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani security officials have arrested two militants and unearthed a plot to carry out a bomb blast at a public rally of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani in Sukhur district of Sindh province, media reports said on Wednesday.

The prime minister addressed several gatherings of people and party workers in the country Tuesday to mark the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party's 44th foundation day. He reached Sukhur in the evening.

"Some terrorists belonging to a banned militant outfit had plotted to sabotage the rally with explosives and time devices," Dunya TV reported.

Police, acting on a tip off, intercepted a goods truck that was coming from Peshawar. "Upon searching the truck, huge cache of arms including at least 12 Kalashnikovs and over three thousand bullets were recovered," the channel added.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Plot-to-blow-up-Pakistani-PMs-rally-foiled/articleshow/7020441.cms#ixzz16piRJE46

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Asma Jahangir assails LHC’s Aasia order

Dec 1, 2010

ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court Bar Association President Asma Jahangir denounced on Tuesday the stay granted by the Lahore High Court against any action leading to a presidential pardon for blasphemy accused Aasia Bibi.

In her first comment on the LHC order, Ms Jahangir expressed surprise that a stay had been granted on an action that was yet to take place. She disapproved of the idea of suspending the constitutional prerogative of the executive.

“If they want to get popular there are other ways to do it. Do not twist the laws as court verdicts become precedence,” she remarked.

Ms Jahangir was speaking at a seminar on ‘The blasphemy laws: a call for review, organised by Jinnah Institute,’ a think-tank launched by former information minister Sherry Rehman.

Constitutional expert Basharat Qadir read out article 45 of the Constitution which empowers the president to grant pardon, reprieve and respite, and to remit, suspend or commute any sentence passed by any court, tribunal or other authority.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2010/12/01/asma-jahangir-assails-lhc%E2%80%99s-aasia-order.html

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Balochistan governor escapes bomb attack

Dec 1, 2010

QUETTA: A convoy of Balochistan Governor Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi escaped a bomb blast in Mangochar area of Kalat, some 126km from here, on Tuesday.

The Balochistan Liberation Army has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

The governor was returning to Quetta from Kalat after attending the funeral of his mother-in-law.

“It was a remote-controlled device concealed in a destroyed Nato trailer lying along the Quetta-Karachi highway,” a senior official told Dawn.

Governor Magsi and members of his convoy remained safe. Sources said the device exploded late because of jammers installed in vehicles in the convoy.

Security personnel cordoned off the area and arrested a suspect, identified as Hidayatullah Samalani.

http://www.dawn.com/2010/12/01/balochistan-governor-escapes-bomb-attack-2.html

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Six killed in suicide attack in Bannu

Nov 30 2010

PESHAWAR: A suicide bomber blew himself up near a police station in northwestern Pakistan on Tuesday, killing six people, including two children, officials said.

The attack occurred in the town of Bannu, which lies close to Pakistan’s tribal belt on the Afghan border.

“It was a suicide attack. The bomber came on foot and detonated himself near a police van close to a police station,” said Bannu police chief Iftikhar Khan.

“The death toll is now six. They include two boys aged seven and nine, one police official and three pedestrians. Nineteen people were injured,” Khan told AFP.

Officials had said earlier that four people died.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/30/explosion-in-bannu.html

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Pak court bars Zardari from pardoning blasphemy accused woman

Nov 30 2010

Lahore : A Pakistani court barred President Asif Ali Zardari or any other government functionary from pardoning a Christian woman sentenced to death for allegedly committing blasphemy in a case that has outraged rights activists.

Chief Justice Khwaja Muhammad Sharif of the Lahore High Court issued the stay order in response to a petition filed by a man named Shahid Iqbal, who claimed Asia Bibi's case is sub-judice and the President was not authorised to grant her a reprieve.

Chief Justice Sharif also issued notices to the federal and Punjab governments, asking the federal Law Secretary and the provincial chief Secretary to file detailed replies on the matter by December 6.

The petitioner also demanded the disqualification of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer for taking up the matter of a presidential pardon for Asia Bibi.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-court-bars-zardari-from-pardoning-blasphemy-accused-woman/717681/

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Car bomb kills three, injures 22 in Iraq

Nov 30 2010

BAGHDAD: A car bomb exploded outside a restaurant in the town of Baquba northeast of Baghdad on Monday, killing three civilians and wounding 22, police and hospital sources said.

The car was parked in front of the restaurant when it exploded, killing three people who were passing by. Some of the wounded were in the restaurant, the police source said.

Baquba is 65 km to the north of the capital.

Earlier on Monday police found the bodies of a policeman and a member of the government-backed Al-Sahwa militia in western Baiji, 180 km north of Baghdad.

They also found the bullet-riddled body of a woman in eastern Mosul, 390 km north of the capital. Overall violence in Iraq has fallen sharply since its peak in 2006-07 but killings and bombings still occur daily.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article203800.ece

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Nine Afghan guards kidnapped in Kabul province

Nov 30, 2010

KABUL: Afghan gunmen attacked a construction company in Kabul province, wounding one security guard and kidnapping nine others, the Interior Ministry said Tuesday.

Gunmen opened fire on 18 Afghan guards in the mountainous Sarobi district, about 27 miles east of the capital, Kabul on Monday.

Nine guards were kidnapped and nine escaped, said Zemeri Bashary, a spokesman for the Afghan Interior Ministry. The gunmen also seized several rifles.

The attack came the same day an Afghan border policeman killed six American service members during a training mission, underscoring one of the risks in a US-led program to educate enough recruits to turn over the lead for security to Afghan forces by 2014.

The attacker was killed in the shootout, which appeared to be the deadliest attack of its kind in at least two years.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for killing the six US troops in Nangarhar province near the Pakistan border, saying the officer had enlisted as a sleeper agent in order to have an opportunity to kill foreigners.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/30/nine-afghan-guards-kidnapped-in-kabul-province.html

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Sherry submits bill for amending blasphemy laws

Nov 30 2010

ISLAMABAD: Amid announcements by the religious forces in the country to resist any move to change the blasphemy laws, former information minister and Pakistan People’s Party MNA Sherry Rehman has submitted a bill to the National Assembly Secretariat seeking an end to the death penalty under the existing blasphemy laws.

Talking to Dawn here on Monday, Ms Rehman said that she had submitted a private member’s bill as she believed that blasphemy laws as set out in the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) found their roots in colonial laws and had in their present form become a source of victimisation and persecution of the minorities in the country.

The amendments to the Blasphemy Act, she said, were intended to ensure that all citizens of Pakistan had an equal right to constitutional protection and that miscarriages of justice in the name of blasphemy were avoided at all costs.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/30/sherry-submits-bill-for-amending-blasphemy-laws-

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Israel says Arabs agree on Iran threat

Nov 30, 2010

JERUSALEM: Israel's prime minister said Monday that newly leaked U.S. diplomatic memos provide clear proof that the Arab world agrees with his country's assessment that Iran is the chief danger to the Middle East.

According to the documents released Sunday by online whistle-blower Wikileaks, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia repeatedly urged the United States to attack Iran to destroy its nuclear program.

The king was one of several Arab voices in the documents calling for tough action against Iran - prompting accusations from the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, that the leak was intended to stir "mischief."

"We don't give any value to these documents," Ahmadinejad told a news conference in Tehran. "Iran and regional states are friends. Such acts of mischief have no impact on relations between nations."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-says-Arabs-agree-on-Iran-

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N-tangle : Washington mulling military options against Tehran

Nov 30, 2010

WASHINGTON: Suspicious of Iran's nuclear capacity, the United States is weighing military options in the face of Tehran's announcement it had a nuclear power plant up and running, the top US military officer said today.

"We've been thinking about military options for a significant period of time," Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the US joint chiefs of staff said in an interview with CNN.

Mullen said he doesn't believe that Iran's nuclear plant is for civilian use "for a second" .

"In fact, the information and intelligence that I've seen speak very specifically to the contrary. Iran is still very much on a path to be able to develop nuclear weapons, including weaponizing them, putting them on a missile and being able to use them," he said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/N-tangle-Washington-mulling-military-options-against-Tehran-/articleshow/7013106.cms#ixzz16jtDgNB3

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Iraq court gives Tariq Aziz new 10 year sentence

Nov 30 2010

29 November 2010, BAGHDAD - An Iraqi court on Monday convicted Tariq Aziz, Saddam Hussein’s longtime foreign minister, of terrorizing Shiite Kurds during the Iran-Iraq war, sentencing him to 10 years in prison.

The jail term piles a new penalty on the 74-year-old Aziz, the only Christian in Saddam’s inner circle who already faces an execution sentence from another case.

It is the fourth set of charges against Aziz, who is asking Iraqi President Jalal Talabani for a pardon to spare him from execution. Aziz attorney Giovanni di Stefano said Monday afternoon that it is also the last legal hurdle that the former diplomat and deputy prime minister had to face before Talabani could consider pardoning him.

Aziz, wearing a blue suit and leaning heavily on his cane, was without a lawyer in court. He has predicted he will die in prison.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle08.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2010/November/

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Shia leader killed in Karachi

Nov 30 2010

KARACHI: A Shia leader was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Mehmoodabad on Monday. in an apparent sectarian killing incident as Muharram approaches.

Ferozabad police said Pasban-e-Aza president Nayyar Zaidi, 50, was travelling in his car with his nephew. An armed man intercepted them near the railway line in Chenesar Goth. He dragged out Zaidi from the car and shot him five times, they added.

DSP Chauhadry Asad said the culprit resorted to firing with a submachine gun and managed to flee on a motorcycle parked a few feet away from the spot.

The body was handed over to the family after medico-legal formalities. The police, with the help of Zaidi’s nephew, have drawn the sketch of the killer.

After the incident, tension prevailed in Soldier Bazaar, Ancholi, Rizvia and other Shia-majority areas while heavy contingents of law enforcers were called in.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\30\story_30-11-2010_pg7_4

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Sonia in Rae Bareli: Dalits and Muslims on agenda

30 Nov, 2010

Rae Bareli: The first day of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's three-day visit to her parliamentary constituency Monday seemed to be virtually devoted to Dalits and Muslims.

While it is a routine ritual for Gandhi to undertake periodical tours of her constituency, it was somewhat unusual for her to be concentrating only on Dalits and Muslims.

She visited a couple of Dalit homes, interacted with the community members and sought information relating to welfare and social security schemes funded by the central government.

She also visited a Darul-Uloom Mohammadi Madrasa in Hallaur village and readily conceded their demand for construction of an additional classroom out of her constituency fund.

Earlier, after landing in Lucknow Monday morning, she drove straight to the Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital run by the Rajiv Gandhi Foundation from the erstwhile building of one-time popular English daily, National Herald.

The newspaper was founded by her grand-father-in-law Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister.

Full report at:

http://www.ummid.com/news/2010/November/29.11.2010/sonia_to_woo_muslims_dalits.h

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Ace scholar Dr. Omar Khalidi dies in an accident

30 Nov, 2010

Malegaon: Dr. Omar Khalidi, a great scholar and the man, who articulated the voice of the Indian Muslims during some of their darkest hours, died in an accident November 29.

He died at 11:15 AM, November 29, in Boston at the age of 57.

Dr. Khalidi had worked at Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT) there for many years.

Survivors include his wife, Nigar Khalidi, and daughter, Aliya, but hundreds of thousands of admirers at home and abroad also mourn his passing.

 Family sources informed from Boston that Dr Khalidi was driving in his car to MIT and was probably trying to catch a train to buy medicine at the next station when he was hit by a train.

Full report at:

http://www.ummid.com/news/2010/November/30.11.2010/dr_omar_khalidi_dies.htm

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Over 35 Pakistani Govt Websites Hacked

Nov 30, 2010

Over 35 Pakistani government websites went on a blink and the authorities blamed a group called "Indian Cyber Army". An official spokesman said the government took action to secure the hacked websites and most of them were restored by the afternoon.

Among the sites that were hacked was that of the National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan's main anti-corruption agency.

A message posted by the hackers on the website of NAB read: "Hacked by Indian Cyber Army". The message was accompanied by a historical photograph of US soldiers raising a flag on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima in World War II but the American flag was replaced with an Indian one.

In an email sent to media outlets, the Indian Cyber Army claimed to have gained "root access" to the server hosting the government websites. The group hacked at least 36 of the 40 websites hosted on the server.

http://www.asianage.com/international/over-35-pakistani-govt-websites-hacked-186

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WikiLeaks: Hillary called India self-appointed front-runner for UNSC seat

Nov 29, 2010

Nov 30 2010

'Hillary called India self-appointed front-runner for UNSC seat'

WASHINGTON: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described India as a "self-appointed front-runner" for a permanent UNSC seat and directed US envoys to seek minute details about Indian diplomats stationed at the United Nations headquarters, according to classified documents released by WikiLeaks today.

In a potentially damaging disclosure, the whistle-blower website released a "secret" cable issued by Clinton on July 31, 2009, as part of its massive leak of a quarter million classified documents of the American government.

The cable posted by The New York Times gave directions to US diplomats to collect information on key issues like reform of the UN Security Council and Indo-US civilian nuclear deal and pass it on to the intelligence agencies, including on foreign associates' credit card and frequent-flier numbers that could be used to track a person's movements.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/WikiLeaks-Hillary-called-India-self-appointed-front-

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Saudi King calls Zardari rotten head

Nov 30 2010

ISLAMABAD: The king of Saudi Arabia, a close ally of Pakistan, has labelled President Asif Ali Zardari the greatest obstacle to the country's progress.

"When the head is rotten, it affects the whole body," King Abdullah was quoted as saying by the New York Times in leaked US diplomatic cables.

Zardari is reportedly unpopular at home and has spent 11 years in jail on charges ranging from corruption to murder, but has never been convicted.

A spokesman for the President, who is currently on a visit to Sri Lanka has dismissed the reported insult, saying that Zardari considers King Abdullah his "elder brother".

"The so called leaks are attempt to create misperceptions between two brotherly Islamic countries.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Saudi-King-calls-Zardari-rotten-head/articleshow/7010639.cms#ixzz16jt38ByB

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U.S. behind disclosures, says Ahmadinejad

Atul Aneja

Nov 30 2010

DUBAI: Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has accused the U.S. of masterminding the release of thousands of cables by the WikiLeaks website as part of a “psychological warfare” campaign. At a press conference in Tehran on Monday, Mr. Ahamdinejad said the Americans had released the documents intentionally as part of a well organised plan. Asked to elaborate, he said: “Let me first correct you. The material was not leaked, but rather released in an organised way,” Iran's state-run Press TV reported.

A cable of April 20, 2008 released by WikiLeaks cites Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz comparing Iran to the “head of a snake” which needed to be “cut off.” However, in his riposte, the Iranian President stressed that the documents would not affect Tehran's external relations. “The U.S. administration released them and based on them they pass judgment …. [The documents] have no legal value and will not have the political effect they seek,” Press TV quoted him as saying. Mr. Ahmadinejad compared the WikiLeaks disclosure to a “game,” which, in his view is “not worth commenting upon and that no one would waste their time reviewing them”.

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/11/30/stories/2010113063040700.htm

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CIA targets Qaeda No. 2 who’s a step ahead of them

Nov 30 2010

THE CENTRAL Intelligence Agency ( CIA) has come closer to capturing Osama bin Laden’s top deputy than ever before. The CIA has been on the trail of Ayman al- Zawahiri for the past nine years.

Targeting al- Zawahiri — along with al- Qaeda chief bin Laden — forms the core of the US’s counter- terror efforts.

“ Finding senior al- Qaeda terrorists — at a time when we’re pursuing the most aggressive counter- terrorism operations in our history — is of course a top priority for the CIA,” agency spokesperson George Little said.

But unlike bin Laden — a cipher since the September 11 attacks who has surfaced only in occasional taped statements — al- Zawahiri has kept a higher public profile, taking risks that expose him more. But despite this, he has always been able to keep several steps ahead of his pursuers.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Muzaffar Ali lends words to his romance with the Sufis

By Aishwarya Sati

Nov 30 2010

Muzaffar Ali, the name behind the celebrated Jehan- e- Khusrau festival of Sufi music, took his affair with the Sufi way of life a step further with the launch of the coffee table book, The Sufis of The Punjab recently. The book that touches manifold aspects of Sufism as it has developed over the centuries in the land of five rivers, was launched by Gursharan Kaur, the wife of the prime minister Manmohan Singh.

“ The Punjab has been a vital gateway to our subcontinent. And Sufis have been in Punjab for over a thousand years, thanks to the constant movement of people. All along, a message of peace and tolerance was being generated which affected the spiritual side of the land,” said the noted filmmaker and fashion designer.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Wiki al- Qaeda! US Congressman wants WikiLeaks on terror list

Nov 30 2010

PETER King, the incoming chairman of the US House of Representatives’ Committee on Homeland Security, has demanded a ban on the whistleblower site WikiLeaks for allegedly putting thousands of American lives at risk.

King, a Republican Congressman from the state of New York, has written to US secretary of state Hillary Clinton and US Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday asking them to put WikiLeaks in the State Department’s list of “ foreign terrorist organisations”. The state department’s list of foreign terrorist organisations includes 47 terror outfits including the al- Qaeda, Lashkar- e- Tayyeba and Lashkar- e- Jhangvi.

King said he also supports Holder in his effort to prosecute Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, for violating the Espionage Act. “ I have also called upon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to call WikiLeaks a foreign terrorist organisation,” King told a section of the US media late Sunday night.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Al Qaeda claims attack on Yemen Shia

November 30, 2010

Al Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing killing Shiite tribesmen in northern Yemen. In a statement appearing Sunday on extremist websites, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula described the Shiites as "despicable plants" to be uprooted, according to the SITE Intelligence Unit, which monitors such sites.

On Wednesday, a suicide car bomber struck a convoy of Shiites in northern Yemen killing 17. Though an estimated 15-30 percent of the population is Shiite, Yemen has been spared sectarian warfare.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/300018/Al-Qaeda-claims-attack-on-Yemen-Shia.html

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Kin of Pakistan drone victim to sue CIA

Nov 30 2010

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani man who says he lost his son and brother in an American missile attack in the northwest threatened Monday to sue the CIA unless he receives compensation, a move that will draw attention to civilian casualties in such strikes.

Kareem Khan and his lawyers said they were seeking $500 million in two weeks or they would sue CIA director Leon Panetta, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates and a man they said was the CIA’s station chief in Islamabad for “wrongful death” in a Pakistani court.

The United States does not publicly admit to firing missiles into northwest Pakistan close to the Afghan border, much less say who they are targeting or whether civilians are also being killed. Privately, officials say they are taking out Al-Qaeda and Taleban militants and dispute accounts that innocents often die.

Pakistani officials, who face criticism from their own people for allowing the attacks, rarely discuss them.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article203502.ece

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Women Human Rights Defenders Day marked in Lahore

Nov 30 2010

LAHORE: Different non-governmental organisations got together for the International Women Human Rights Defenders Day. Shirkat Gah and South Asia Partnership (SAP) Pakistan organised a solidarity walk at the Lahore Press Club on Monday.

Dozens of other women rights activists from all over Punjab also participated in the walk. The day is celebrated in connection to the ‘16 Days of Activism’ to reject and prevent violence against women.

Talking to Daily Times, SAP Media Coordinator Farzana Mumtaz said, “We are paying tribute to the defenders of women’s rights. Pakistan is not only facing violence against women, but also the people who are working for women rights have also been under pressure. We want to create an atmosphere where every person should live freely.”

Talking about the blasphemy law, she said that every anti-human law must be eliminated from Pakistan. “We would try our best to eliminate these types of laws from our society. We as women human rights defenders, peace activists, human rights advocates, feminists, young and old, around the world, should speak out against all forms of violence and commit ourselves to the values of equality and peace.”

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\30\story_30-11-2010_pg13_6

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“Ghadir” Special Volume Published in Sierra Leone

Nov 30 2010

A book on “Ghadir” was published in 2000 copies with the cooperation of Iran Cultural Center in Sierra Leone in Moyamba region, South West of the country.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - A book on “Ghadir” was published in 2000 copies with the cooperation of Iran Cultural Center in Sierra Leone in Moyamba region, South West of the country.

Mohammadali Siseh, in charge of Ahlul Bayt (AS) Islamic Organization published the book entitled “Ghadir-2010” which was distributed among scholars, Imams of mosques, preachers and university lecturers and students of the country.

Ghadir incident in detail, including the call for attending Hajj pilgrimage by the holy prophet (PBUH) in the 10th of Hijrah, future of the leadership of the Ummah in view of the holy prophet (PBUH), date of the departure to the holy city of Makkah, teaching of Hajj rituals, and Welayah (leadership) of the infallible imams (AS) are among the themes discussed at the volume.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=214792

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Media need to create awareness of women's issues, says Adela

Nov 30 2010

JEDDAH: Princess Adela bint Abdullah lauded the achievements of Saudi women in different fields in a presentation on the role of Saudi women in society.

Speaking at the first session of the Forum on the Participation of Women in National Development on Monday, Princess Adela emphasized that women face many challenges at work because of tradition. The forum was opened by her on Sunday night.

“The participation of women in social development in developing countries is still not clear. Women face many challenges at work because of tradition,” she said.

The first day of the two-day event, organized by the Khadijah bint Khuwallid Center at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was attended by a large number of women as well as men.

Princess Adela said 93 percent of Saudi women have been to school and added there are 215,000 women teachers, far exceeding their male counterparts.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article203877.ece

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Jeddah school gives pupils a ‘lesson’ in social service

Nov 30 2010

JEDDAH: Pupils at Al-Ferdous Schools have once more volunteered to help the needy, this time by providing poor pupils from other schools with school bags and other basic school stationery.

“The school is trying to teach pupils the concept of social awareness by involving them in community service with the hope that this will be the start for many good deeds for the rest of their lives,” said Sameera Al-Harakan, administrator at Al-Ferdous Schools.

Pupils at the school were involved with providing relief to people affected by the floods last year in Jeddah.

The latest project is titled “School Bag.” “One of the teachers involved in community service classes picks up on a project or a charity issue that needs urgent help and then we involve the children,” said Al-Harakan.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article203741.ece

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Hariri says Lebanon won’t pressure Iran on nukes

Nov 30 2010

TEHRAN: Lebanon’s prime minister said Monday his country will not be part of any international group that aims to pressure Iran over its controversial nuclear program.

Saad Hariri said Lebanon supports Iran's right to have nuclear power for peaceful purposes.

The West suspects Iran is seeking to develop a nuclear weapon — a charge Tehran denies, saying the program is only geared toward peaceful aims.

Hariri spoke at the end of his three-day visit to Iran. It followed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's October tour of Lebanon, during which the Iranian leader reinforced Tehran's ties to Hezbollah that is part of Hariri's fragile unity government.

Lebanese and Iranian officials signed several accords on Monday.

Earlier during a meeting, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told Hariri that he should strengthen his ties with Hezbollah. The website of Khamenei's office said he was "pleased" that Hariri and Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah currently had good ties, adding "these relations must be more consolidated."

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article203908.ece

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Turkish PM to receive Qaddafi award

Nov 30 2010

ANKARA: Turkey's prime minister is flying to Tripoli to attend an EU-African summit and receive a human rights award, given in the name of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government is planning to open several diplomatic missions across Africa to boost relations with African nations while seeking to become a member of the European Union. Turkey already has friendly ties with Libya and Sudan.

Erdogan said Monday the award he will receive is a sign of international appreciation of Turkey's efforts for “peace, justice and human rights.” Erdogan's international profile has risen lately with Muslims across the Middle East holding him up as a hero for his tough talk against Israel.

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article203796.ece

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Western economic aid to Muslim nations who hate non-Muslims.

Lee Jay Walker

Nov 30 2010

The Islamic onslaught in Pakistan continues to grow despite this nation being deemed an ally and receiving Western economic aid throughout this land. The recent floods saw mainly Western nations donating quickly but just like Afghanistan and Iraq it is clear that Muslims still hate religious minorities.

Political leaders in non-Muslim nations keep on telling us how peaceful the religion of Islam is and President Obama says very little about Islamic persecution of minorities. Instead, President Obama and other political leaders, and many parts of the mass media, desire to not only gloss over reality but they are prepared to lie openly and use quotes that suit their agenda.

In Afghanistan thousands of American troops and other allied forces have been killed for trying to develop and stabilize a nation which is divided by ethnicity, sectarianism, and clan based politics. However, if one Afghan national desires to openly convert to Christianity or Buddhism or any other non-Muslim faith then they face the death penalty.

Full report at:

http://www.pakistanchristianpost.com/headlinenewsd.php?hnewsid=2455

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Muslim Orphans Caught Between Sharia, U.S. Law

Nov 30 2010

Islamic law is hindering American Muslims from adopting needy children. Child welfare agencies report they're having trouble finding new homes for Muslim children removed from their homes.

The problem stems from a gap between Western and Islamic law.

Muslims wanting to adopt refugees from Afghanistan and Iraq also say their faith is keeping them from adopting. Islamic law stresses the importance of direct lineage when passing on the family name and inheritance.

Instead of adoption, it emphasizes a guardianship system called kafalah that resembles foster care.

Full report at:

http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2010/November/Muslim-Orphans-Caught-Between-Islamic-Western-Law-/

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'WikiLeaks founder could be charged under Espionage Act'

Nov 30 2010

Washington : WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could be charged under the Espionage Act for making public classified US government documents which he obtained illegally, a media report said here on Tuesday.

US authorities are investigating whether Assange, also Editor-in-Chief of the whistle-blower website, violated criminal laws by disclosing the classified information, 'The Washington Post' reported.

The FBI is examining everyone who came into possession of the documents, including those who gave the material to WikiLeaks and also the organisation itself, it said, citing those familiar with the probe.

According to the Post, charges against WikiLeaks and Assange could be filed under the Espionage Act.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/wikileaks-founder-could-be-charged-under-espionage-act/718043/

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Shahrukh to promote Bangladesh

Nov 30 2010

Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan will promote Bangladesh by calling on the world community to explore the beauty of the country, claimed one of the organisers of the concert King Khan Live in the city.

"We would like to tell the world through Shahrukh's utterance that Bangladesh is a country of immense natural beauty," said Shafique Alam Mehdi, chairman of Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB), official sponsor of the mega event.

At a press conference jointly organised by BTB and Antar Showbiz at a city hotel, he said the Bollywood actor would campaign for the Sundarbans and would tell the world people to visit Bangladesh and the world's longest sea beach Cox's Bazar during the concert.

"The programme will be one of the major events in the realm of culture and entertainment in Bangladesh and it will have a huge impact on our tourism if Shahrukh speaks about the country's beauty," Shafique, also the secretary-in-charge of the Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, observed.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=164237

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Terrorist arrested for Sri Lankan team attack in Lahore

Nov 30, 2010

LAHORE: A key terror suspect has been arrested for his involvement in the March 2009 brazen attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore that left six players injured and six escorting policemen dead.

Express Tribune on Tuesday quoted police officials as confirming the arrest of Qari Abdul Wahab, alias Umar alias Farhan alias Behram alias Umar Daraz, son of Akbar.

At least six Sri Lankan cricketers -- captain Mahela Jayawaredene, his deputy Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Thilan Samaraweera, Tharanga Paranavitana and Chaminda Vaas -- were injured when the team bus came under heavy attack from gunmen en route to the Gaddafi Stadium for a Test match.

Six escorting policemen were killed in the attack that took place near the Liberty Market crossing.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Terrorist-arrested-for-Sri-Lankan-team-

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A former imam, ideologist of terrorists killed in Dagestan

Nov 30 2010

Makhachkala, November 29, Interfax - One of the militants killed in the Kizlyar district in, Dagestan has been identified as Abdulmumin Abdulmuminov born in the village of Khutsiyevka known as an ideologue of terrorists, Interfax was told at the Russian National Antiterrorist Committee.

"Abdulmuminov used to be an imam at a mosque in the district. Last May he went into hiding and was regarded as an ideologist of the underground. Extremist websites posted his articles and calls for a jihad. The identification of the second dead militant continues. The special effort in the district also continues," a spokesman for the committee said.

http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=7961

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Canada slammed for Afghan child prisoner handover

30 November 2010

OTTAWA - Opposition legislators blasted the Canadian government on Monday after it emerged that Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan captured children suspected of working with the Taliban and then handed them over to an Afghan security unit alleged to have abused prisoners.

The revelations are the latest blow to Canada’s increasingly unpopular combat mission in southern Afghanistan, which is due to end next year.

The question of Afghan detainees — and whether Canadian soldiers knew they might be abused — has been one of the most difficult issues for the minority Conservative government since it took power in early 2006.

The Defence Department said some child detainees were handed over to Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security (NDS), stressing that no transfers would take place if Canadian officers felt there was any risk of torture.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2010/November/

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UK study highlights anti-Muslim hate crimes

Nov 30 2010

An alarming picture of the physical violence, intimidation and discrimination faced by many of Britain's two million Muslims on a daily basis, was portrayed yesterday in new academic research....

LONDON (Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - An alarming picture of the physical violence, intimidation and discrimination faced by many of Britain's two million Muslims on a daily basis, was portrayed yesterday in new academic research.

The 224-page report from the European Muslim Research Centre, based at the University of Exeter, said that the bulk of incidents went unreported by communities who had lost faith in the authorities to do anything about them.

Released at a conference yesterday at the London Muslim Centre, the report called for "urgent" government action to tackle the problem after years of neglect.

Part of a 10-year study into Islamophobia throughout Europe, the report represented "an insight into the grim reality of a lived experience that is insufficiently acknowledged and understood outside of the communities where it occurs".

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=214786

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Islamic Clothing Most Popular Fashion in Indonesia

Nov 30 2010

Long known as feminine and demure, Indonesia's traditional kebaya is headed for a makeover at the hands of innovative designers.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Growing demand for stylish yet still modest fashions in the world's most populous Islamic nation is helping power efforts to bring Islamic fashion into the modern age, a movement symbolised by changes to the iconic kebaya, a blouse-dress combination.

Fun prints, intricate detailing, colours so bold as to be psychedelic and a mix of delicate lace all graced the catwalk at the recent Jakarta Fashion Week. One designer even paired the kebaya with red-and-yellow striped tights.

"I think it's a good presentation because if you wear Muslim clothing like this, it's not necessarily boring," Jakarta Fashion Week project manager Petty Fatimah told Reuters.

"You can definitely expect to see more Islamic fashion in the future and it is for everybody. Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=214761

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Suburbs Greater Threat to Muslims in UK

Nov 30 2010

Muslims and their mosques face a higher level of threats and intimidation in UK suburbs and market towns than in big cities, according to a report

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Muslims and their mosques face a higher level of threats and intimidation in UK suburbs and market towns than in big cities, according to a report.

Case studies reveal examples such as a Muslim woman who was punched and called a "terrorist" in front of her petrified daughter. The report said such attacks often go unreported, and in this case the woman was too scared to inform the police.

She also played down the incident to reduce her child's distress and avoided explaining why she was singled out for wearing a burka and being a Muslim woman.

The new study, Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hate Crime: UK Case Studies, reveals this kind of unprovoked incident is a largely hidden.

Full report at:

http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=214689

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Iran's supreme leader has terminal cancer: WikiLeaks

Nov 30, 2010

LONDON: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has terminal cancer and could be dead "within months," according to a US document released by WikiLeaks and published by Britain's Telegraph newspaper.

The memo, sent from the US consulate in Istanbul, quotes a businessman with close links to former Iranian president Hashemi Rafsanjani as saying that Khamenei had been diagnosed with a rare form of Leukaemia.

"Khamenei is likely to die within a matter of months," the August 2009 memo, revealed by the whistle-blowing website, said.

"As a result, Rafsanjani has stopped campaigning within the Assembly of Experts to challenge Khamenei, and now is focused on 'letting nature take its course'," it said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/-Irans-supreme-leader-has-terminal-cancer-WikiLeaks/articleshow/7012799.cms#ixzz16jsva952

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Man behind the bombshell: A disgruntled US soldier

Chidanand Rajghatta

Nov 30, 2010

WASHINGTON: " Hillary Clinton and several thousand diplomats around the world are going to have a heart attack when they wake up one morning and find an entire repository of classified foreign policy is available, in searchable format, to the public,"Bradley Manning is said to have boasted once. "Everywhere there's a US post, there's a diplomatic scandal that will be revealed."

Heart attack may be pushing it — none recorded yet — but the world's political and diplomatic community is keening with bellyache and fever following the initial trickle of secret documents that Manning, a disgruntled US army soldier, reportedly leaked to Wikileaks, the online purveyor of the world's secrets. And this is just the beginning, a mere 226 released as of Monday night out of treasure trove of more than 250,000 documents. There may well be heart attacks that Manning anticipated because of the drip-drip-drip of documents.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Man-behind-the-bombshell-A-disgruntled-US-

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Young US soldier at center of WikiLeaks probe

Nov 30, 2010

WASHINGTON: Bradley Manning, a young American soldier suspected of leaking a massive trove of secret US documents, has become a hero to anti-war activists and a villain to government officials outraged over the exposure of classified files.

The WikiLeaks website has yet to reveal how it obtained hundreds of thousands of secret documents in recent months, including more than 250,000 diplomatic cables published this week.

But suspicions have centered on the 23-year-old Manning, the baby-faced private who was arrested in May after WikiLeaks released a video showing a 2007 US Apache helicopter strike in Baghdad.

A native of Oklahoma who later moved to Wales, Manning reportedly was taunted by other children for being a "geek" and as a youth in Britain endured ridicule from classmates for being gay. As a young man, his father kicked him out of the house when he learned his son's sexual orientation.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/Young-US-soldier-at-center-of-WikiLeaks-

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US vs WikiLeaks: Whose side are you on?

Chidanand Rajghatta

Nov 30 2010

WASHINGTON: The mother of all leaks has engendered the mother of all debates.

The US government says by putting in public domain about 250,000 documents, nearly half of them classified and secret, WikiLeaks is putting at risk lives of innocent individuals, endangering ongoing military and counterterrorism operations and jeopardizing ties between countries who are partners, allies and stakeholders in confronting common challenges.

WikiLeaks says the release of the documents "reveals the contradictions between the US's public persona and what it says behind closed doors - and shows that if citizens in a democracy want their governments to reflect their wishes, they should ask to see what's going on behind the scenes."

The cables, WikiLeaks maintains, "show the extent of US spying on its allies and the UN; turning a blind eye to corruption and human rights abuse in "client states"; backroom deals with supposedly neutral countries; lobbying for US corporations; and the measures US diplomats take to advance those who have access to them."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-vs-WikiLeaks-Whose-side-are-you-

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WikiLeaks: Pakistan, the world's nightmare

Chidanand Rajghatta

Nov 30 2010

WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI: Many of the cables in the first lot of Wikileaks' expose of intricate and dodgy U.S foreign policy pertains to Pakistan, a country variously described as a "nightmare" and a "headache" for the international community. The cables do not paint a flattering picture of Islamabad or its rulers.

For instance, one cable has the Saudi King Abdullah speak contemptuously of President Zardari. He calls Zardari the greatest obstacle to that country's progress and is quoted as saying "When the head is rotten, it affects the whole body."

Another cable describes a "dangerous standoff" with Pakistan over nuclear fuel: In May 2009, U.S Ambassador to Islamabad Anne Patterson reported that Pakistan was refusing to schedule a visit by American technical experts because, as a Pakistani official said, "if the local media got word of the fuel removal, "they certainly would portray it as the United States taking Pakistan's nuclear weapons."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/WikiLeaks-Pakistan-the-worlds-

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Bangladesh apex court upholds Zia's eviction

Nov 29, 2010

DHAKA: Bangladesh's opposition leader Khaleda Zia Monday lost her appeal before the country's Supreme Court against her eviction by the government from her Dhaka cantonment house.

The apex court dismissed the leave-to-appeal petition filed by the former prime minister. The petition challenged the Dhaka High Court verdict earlier that had declared valid the government notice asking her to leave the Dhaka cantonment residence, the Star Online, website of The Daily Star reported. Zia had lived in that house since 1972.

The three-member full bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice A.B.M. Khairul Haq also turned down the petitions filed by Zia for staying the higher court verdict and seeking status quo over the house issue.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Bangladesh-apex-court-upholds-Zias-

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Pak peaceniks try to soothe pain of Mumbai terror attacks

Bharati Dubey

Nov 30 2010

MUMBAI: The thread of relations that was singed and snapped by a handful of jihadis on November 26, 2008, is being mended by another group of Pakistanis. A five-member team of women on a peace mission from across the border on Tuesday met those widowed in the dramatic attack, sharing stories of terror and applying a balm that hollow speeches cannot.

Mossarrat Qadeem, Shaheen Akhtar, Shabana Fayyaz and Arshi Hashmi came to the city, knowing well that the chest beating and the rhetoric would have hit a crescendo. But they were equally convinced that they could ''make a difference'', said Qadeem, who has worked with terror-hit people in Pakistan for years.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pak-peaceniks-try-to-soothe-pain-of-Mumbai-

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Cong pulls RSS card on BJP over House deadlock

Nov 30 2010

THE CONGRESS on Monday alleged that the BJP was stalling Parliament at the behest of the RSS to scuttle a discussion on the terror activities of some members of the Sangh Parivar. It was apparently a move to weaken the BJP’s demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee ( JPC) probe into the 2G spectrum scam.

The Congress also attacked the BJP for “ defending its corrupt chief ministers Raman Singh and B. S. Yeddyurappa” and not coming clean on former BJP minister and journalist Arun Shourie’s disclosure that the party replaced him with M. Venkaiah Naidu as a speaker in Parliament to please industrialist Mukesh Ambani.

In a deft move to isolate the BJP from other Opposition parties over the demand for a JPC probe into the 2G Spectrum scam, the government and the Congress played the RSS card, saying the main Opposition party was working under the Sangh’s direction to stall the House. “ They ( BJP) have the direction of RSS,” parliamentary affairs minister Pawan Kumar Bansal said, attacking the main Opposition party for disrupting Parliament’s functioning for the 12th consecutive day.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Roy & Geelani charged with sedition for ‘ anti- India’ barbs

Nov 30 2010

THE DELHI Police have booked writer Arundhati Roy, Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and others on charges of sedition for their alleged anti- India speech at a seminar in the city last month.

Police registered the FIR following a directive from a local court on Saturday on a petition filed by Sushil Pandit, who alleged that Geelani and Roy made anti- India speeches at a conference ‘ Azadi, the only way’ on October 21.

Roy and others were charged under sections 124A ( sedition), 153A ( promoting enmity between classes), 153B ( imputations, assertions prejudicial to national integration), 504 ( insult intended to provoke breach of peace) and 505 ( false statement, rumour circulated with intent to cause mutiny or offence against public peace).

“ These sections have to be read with Section 13 of the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act of 1967,” an official said.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Leaks trigger US diplomatic 9/11

Nov 30 2010

Saudi king Abdullah wanted America to attack Iran to thwart its ambitious nuclear programme

SAUDI Arabia’s monarch King Abdullah repeatedly asked the United States to attack Iran in order to quell the latter’s nuclear ambitions and thus allow Riyadh to retain its pre-eminent position in the Islamic world, a WikiLeaks revelation has shown. Ironically, this puts him in the same position as Saudi Arabia’s sworn enemy Israel which also wanted American intervention before Iran went nuclear.

The secret documents, released late on Sunday night on the WikiLeaks site and also in five major newspapers around the world, reveal that the Saudis wanted quick action against Iran. In one of the leaked memos, the Saudi ambassador to the US Adel al-Jubeir is quoted as telling US general David Petraeus: “He (King Abdullah) told you (the Americans) to cut off the head of the snake.” Petraeus and al-Jubeir met in April 2008.

Full report at: Mail Today

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BIG BLOW TO WORLD’S BIG BROTHER

Nov 30 2010

The release of more than 250,000 classified US embassy cables has laid bare America’s diplomatic secrets. Here are some of the highlights:

UAE foreign minister says Iran’s support for terrorism is far broader than Hamas and Hizbollah.

‘ Inappropriate remarks’ made by Prince Andrew about a foreign country and UK law enforcement agency.

He is said to have shocked the Americans with his ‘ rude behaviour abroad’.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah ( above) repeatedly asked the US to attack Iran and destroy their nuclear weapons programme, urging them to ‘ cut the head off the snake’.

A Labour government minister was described as a ‘ hound dog’ around women and was ordered to apologise after sexually harassing a female, the files revealed. He was also said to be a ‘ manic depressive’ with matrimonial difficulties.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Musharrafwon’t answer queries on Benazir death

Nov 30 2010

FORMER Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has refused to accept a questionnaire sent by his nation’s investigators to get his views on crucial issues related to former premier Benazir Bhutto’s assassination.

The Federal Investigation Agency’s ( FIA’s) questionnaire was sent to Musharraf, currently living in self- exile in London, by special mail last month but he refused to accept it, the Dawn newspaper quoted its sources in the interior ministry as saying.

In a statement issued on Saturday, Pakistani interior minister Rehman Malik said the letter was sent to Musharraf because the statement of everyone directly or indirectly accused in the assassination case was being recorded.

Following Musharraf’s refusal, the FIA has prepared a new questionnaire and intends to send it to his residence in London.

“ We have prepared a questionnaire for the former President to record his statement,” FIA chief Waseem Ahmed said.

Full report at: Mail Today

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WikiLeaks reports are 'worthless' and 'mischief': Iran

Nov 30 2010

Tehran : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed documents released by whistleblower WikiLeaks as "worthless" and 'mischief" which would not affect Tehran's relations with its Arab neighbours.

"The documents that they released are a mischief. We do not see any value in them. This act is worthless," he said at a press conference broadcast live on state TV.

"These documents are prepared and released by the US government in a planned manner and in pursuance of an aim. It is part of an intelligence warfare and will not have their desired political impact.

"We are friends with the regional countries and mischievous acts will not affect relations," he said.

The US diplomatic memos from Arab countries in the Gulf released by WikiLeaks uncover a fixation on the Iranian nuclear threat as well as fear that conflict is inevitable.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/story-print/717749/

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Turkey did not invite India on Afghan meet to appease Pak

Nov 30 2010

Washington : India was deliberately kept out of the Turkey-sponsored meeting on Afghanistan earlier this year to address the "sensitivities" of Pakistan, according to WikiLeaks cable.

Reflecting Islamabad's insistence at every international fora that New Delhi be kept out of any meeting on Afghanistan, a top Turkish diplomat told US officials early this year that India was kept out to address the concerns of Pakistan, WikiLeaks said.

At a meeting with the US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, William Burns; Rauf Engin Soysal who then was the Turkey's Deputy Under-Secretary for Bilateral Political Affairs responsible for the Middle East, South Asia and Africa; said Turkey had not invited India to the Afghan neighbours summit in deference to Pak sensitivities.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/turkey-did-not-invite-india-on-afghan-meet-to-appease-pak/717596/

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Somali pirates hijack Malaysian ship

November 30, 2010

The European Union’s anti-piracy task force says Somali pirates have hijacked a Malaysian-flagged ship in the Indian Ocean with 23 crew members onboard.

The force said Monday that the Kenya-bound MV Albedo was seized about 900 nautical miles (1,035 statute miles or 1,665 kilometers) east of Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu. The ship originated from the United Arab Emirates' port town of Jebel Ali. The anti-piracy force says the Malaysian-owned ship was seized Friday and the crew hailed from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Iran.

Somalia has not had an effective government for 19 years, allowing piracy to flourish off its coast.The force said pirates now hold 22 vessels and 521 hostages.

http://www.dailypioneer.com/300054/Somali-pirates-hijack-Malaysian-ship.html

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Missing Baloch leader not in ISI, MI custody, SHC told

Nov 30 2010

KARACHI: Defence Secretary Syed Athar Ali, a retired three-star army general, finally appeared in the Sindh High Court on Monday to swear his personal affidavit to the effect that Abdul Ghaffar Langho, a missing leader of the Balochistan National Party, was not in the custody of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) or the Military Intelligence, the two intelligence agencies under the administrative control of the defence ministry.

A division bench headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmed had earlier on Nov 8 issued a bailable warrant for the arrest of the defence secretary for ignoring the repeated orders of the court in a petition seeking whereabouts of the missing BNP leader.

The defence secretary filed his personal affidavit stating that the matter of the missing person was inquired from the two intelligence agencies which denied having him arrested or detained in their respective custody.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/30/missing-baloch-leader-not-in-isi-mi-custody-shc-told-

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NADRA cancels 80,000 CNICs issued to Afghan refugees

Nov 30 2010

ISLAMABAD: Federal Minster for States and Frontier Regions (SAFRON) Najmuddin Khan on Monday said that NADRA has cancelled 80,000 Computerised National Identification Cards (NICs) out of 100,000 which were illegally issued to Afghan refugees.

“Remaining 20,000 will also be cancelled at the earliest after completing the required procedure,” he said while talking to media at the Parliament House.

He said the Ministry of Interior and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) were investigating the matter and tracing the officials and public representatives who had attested Afghan refugees documents and played role in getting the illegal cards issued.

NADRA had issued 100,000 NICs to Afghan refugees and they were enjoying Pakistani nationality and buying property in different parts of the country, he added.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2010/11/29/nadra-cancels-80000-cnics-issued-to-afghan-

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Nawaz dangerous, not trustworthy: Abu Dhabi crown prince

Nov 30 2010

ISLAMABAD/WASHINGTON: According to the New York Times coverage of the WikiLeaks release of US embassy cables, in July 2009, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Zayed, deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces and de facto defence chief, said former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was “dangerous but not dirty – this is Pakistan”.

He said Sharif could not be trusted to honour his promises. He had also said that President Asif Ali Zardari was “dirty but not dangerous”.

The NYT also reported that according to other cables released, a rail link between Iran and Pakistan would be delayed for the foreseeable future because of unrest from Baloch militants in both countries. “The current rail connection, running between Quetta, Pakistan and Zahedan, Iran is in poor condition and has low freight-carrying capacity. Moreover, according to reports it has recently been repeatedly subject to rocket attacks and other disruption by Balochi tribes,” it added.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010\11\30\story_30-11-2010_pg1_2

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