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Saudi Shariah Judges Decry Westernising ‘Stench’ Of Legal Reforms, Pushed By King Abdullah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

Saudi Shariah Judges Decry Westernising ‘Stench’ Of Legal Reforms, Pushed By King Abdullah

Muslim NGOs Urged To Be Transparent For Not Being Linked With Extremism and Terrorism

Sexes to be separated in panel advising Saudi king

Bahrain revokes citizenship of 31 Shia activists

Syrian rebels kill 10 pro-Assad Palestinian militiamen

Saudi King congratulates Obama on his election victory

Islamist groups to Join Rally to Demand Implementation of Islamic Law in Egypt

'Emirati chokes neighbour to death over barmaid'

Mursi to make historic trip to Islamabad this month

Pope scraps planned Vatican mission to Syria

Syrian rebels fire at Assad’s palace

Syria Rebel Chief Says Escapes Assassination Bid

Western Efforts on Syria Shifting

Rapping with ‘fear and respect’ in Saudi Arabia

 

Mideast Asia

Obama victory spells trouble for Israeli Prime Minister

Palestinians hope for state in Obama second term

Iran hangs 10 convicted drug traffickers

Israel mulls steps against the Palestinians over UN bid

Israel PM congratulates Obama, says ties strong

 

Pakistan

Country cannot afford clash of institutions, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (F)

‘I’ll bring Mumbai perpetrators to justice’: Imran Khan

Two Shia PPP workers gunned down in Karachi

12 more killed in rising wave of Karachi violence

Will declare jihad to save Pakistan: Imran Khan

Foreign security firm pulls out of Pakistan

Pakistani government allows Sarabjit Singh's counsel to meet him

ASP, Five Others Killed In Peshawar Blast: 36 Injured

May 2 Abbottabad raid: SC to examine media clips, ISPR releases

Asghar Khan Case: FIA awaits detailed verdict to launch probe

 

India

Jamiat Ulama-i- Hind urges Islamic nations to help Rohingyas' cause

India and Israel release stamps to mark 20 years of ties

Punjab may export power to Pakistan

British envoy writes to J&K CM, says UK will revoke travel advisory

India, Britain to ramp up ties, discuss Afghanistan

Pak refuses flag meeting after ceasefire violation

India 'hauls up' Pak for ignoring Interpol notice against Dawood Ibrahim

After 38 yrs, Begum Akhtar’s grave gets due attention

Hizbul threat in J&K casts shadow on fight against Maoists

 

North America

Having dispatched Romney, Obama faces Iran, Syria

 

South Asia

3 Hizb-ut Tawhid men arrested: Leaflets, Jihadi books seized: Bangladesh

Ahmadiyya mosque vandalised in Rangpur: Bangladesh

Khaleda Zia greets Obama for his triumph

War-Weary Afghans Shrug off Obama Re-Election

Afghanistan rules out peace deals with Haqqanis

Resolution for FM’s dismissal from UN post removed from Maldivian Majlis agenda

Maldivian President’s Office failing to address port workers’ rights abuses

100 missing as Bangladesh boat sinks: Coastguard

 

Africa

Daughter of Gaddafi's Ex-Spy Chief Says Jailed Father Very Sick

Tunisia's Islamist gloves and the veil are off

Libya’s former leader faces grilling

In Kenya, Sarah Obama says she prays her 'grandson' will win

Al-Qaida leader Zawahiri urges support for Somalia rebels

Mali's Ansar Dine Islamists in humanitarian aid deal

Blast heard in Somali capital near parliament - witness

 

Southeast Asia

Alleged fraudulent head of Maldivian Hajj Group in Malaysia

Obama's re-election celebrated around world

 

Europe

UN chief congratulates Obama on re-election

David Cameron meets Syrian refugees as UK begins rebel talks

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Arab World

 

Saudi Shariah Judges Decry Westernising ‘Stench’ Of Legal Reforms, Pushed By King Abdullah

 7 Nov 2012

RIYADH: Saudi judges who enforce Sharia have condemned what they see as “the stench of Western ideas” in sweeping legal reforms pushed by King Abdullah, underscoring friction between government modernisers and religious hardliners.

In a letter to Justice Minister Mohammed al-Issa seen by Reuters, eight judges complained about foreign trainers who shave their beards contrary to purist Islam, the minister’s meetings with diplomats of “infidel” states and plans to let women practise as lawyers. The authenticity of the letter, which did not directly criticise either the king or Issa, was confirmed by a source in the Justice Ministry who said it was sent late last month.

Saudi lawyers and political analysts say the judicial reforms announced by King Abdullah in 2007 and supported by Issa are needed to make the legal system more efficient and modern. “The system deters investors, who find the judiciary opaque. Outdated administrative procedures and inadequate judicial training remain problems,” the US embassy said in an assessment in 2009 revealed by WikiLeaks.

Since becoming de facto regent while he was crown prince in 1995, Abdullah has pursued cautious reforms aimed at modernising Saudi Arabia’s economy and making it more socially open, but he has often been blocked by powerful religious conservatives. The world’s top oil exporter has no written legal code or system of precedent, and judges determine cases based on their own interpretation of Sharia.

Lawyers say this means similar cases often yield starkly different verdicts and sentences. In some cases King Abdullah has stepped in to annul decisions seen as embarrassing to the country, such as the 2007 jailing of a rape victim on charges of consorting with unrelated men. However, the reforms have made scant progress five years after being announced, according to lawyers and the ministry source, a delay they blamed on conservatives in the Justice Ministry and within the judiciary.

“I think the majority of judges are in favour. They want to see development both as professionals and for society. But there’s another 30 percent. They fight (Issa) day and night, trying to slow down what he is doing,” said the ministry source. Issa, a former senior judge and top cleric but regarded as a moderate and one of the architects of the reforms, was appointed by King Abdullah in 2009 and tasked with accelerating the changes.

“It needs a lot of work to create these courts and I don’t believe they’re working as fast as we need. Commercial cases especially need things to be done quickly,” said Jassem al-Attiyah, a well-known lawyer. The plans entail setting up a supreme court, specialised criminal, commercial, labour and family courts and expanding the number of appeals courts as well as establishing a record of precedent to help guide lawyers and judges.

What for conservatives was more controversial was introducing non-Sharia training for judges and allowing them to use other schools of Islamic law besides the very strict one traditionally followed in the kingdom. In their letter to Issa, the judges said teachers at judicial schools were unqualified and complained about their unbearded appearance and habit of smoking cigarettes, characteristics frowned upon by very strict Muslims.

Earlier this year in a move intended to strengthen Issa’s position, King Abdullah appointed him to head the Supreme Judicial Council, which controls the judiciary, a position previously held by conservatives. In recent years the monarch has also sacked senior state-employed religious figures who publicly opposed reforms, including heads of the judiciary and morality police. “In an Islamic country if you lobby as Islamic you find a lot of supporters,” said the ministry source. “Commercial law is very difficult when you have a judge who doesn’t study principles of law but principles of religion.”

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\07\story_7-11-2012_pg7_10

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Muslim NGOs Urged To Be Transparent For Not Being Linked With Extremism And Terrorism

7 November 2012

JEDDAH: Muslim NGOs have been urged to make their activities transparent to remove suspicions, establish better relations with governments and respond effectively to smear campaigns aimed at tarnishing their image.

“Deliberate attempts have been made to discredit Muslim NGOs and charities by linking them with extremism and terrorism. We should respond to these allegations in an intelligent and effective manner,” said Dr. Ismail Maritheri of King Abdulaziz University.

Giving a presentation on NGO Leadership at the community development workshop organized by the Islamic Development Bank, Maritheri emphasized the need to train students and community workers on how to respond to such allegations in a positive manner.

“We should respond to smear campaigns intelligently instead of reacting violently,” said Maritheri, an academic and trainer, who has obtained his doctoral degree in creativity.

Mohamed Rifai, who represents IDB Graduates Association in Sri Lanka, pointed out that some Muslim NGOs were accused of misappropriation and misuse of funds. “Funds collected for some charitable works are not fully utilized.”

Rifai called upon Muslim NGOs to learn from their counterparts in the US and Europe that work with a clear planning, and do their work silently without giving much publicity. “They have good links with the governments and communities and they are not suspected.”

At the same time, Muslim NGOs fight with one another and boast about their work. “They use most of their funds for building mosques and madrasas and neglect important community needs such as poverty alleviation, healthcare and education,” Rifai said.

Shehu Usman Muhammad Makarfi, chairman of the Shoura council at the National Islamic Center in Kaduna, urged Muslims to respond to anti-Islam campaigns in a civilized and Islamic manner. “We, Muslims, have to understand Islam properly and work according to its teachings without bothering about false allegations. We should learn how Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) dealt with such allegations,” he told Arab News.

Makarfi attributed the violent reactions to the anti-Islam film and cartoons to a lack of knowledge about Islam and Prophet Muhammad’s teachings. “We should start building Islam from our homes. Muslims should not be provoked hearing or seeing baseless allegations. We have to make use of such incidents as an opportunity to engage non-Muslims and enlighten them about the true teachings of our religion. This will change their attitude and make them realize that Muslims are not terrorists or radicals.”

In his hour-long presentation, Dr. Maritheri called upon the NGO representatives from different countries to achieve good leadership qualities to bring about changes and leave a big impact on their communities. “Negative thoughts and attitudes prevent us from unleashing our potentials.”

He also urged the delegates to spread the beauty of Islam in their communities. “Most people are not aware of the great teachings of Islam. Negative media has given a bad impression about this wonderful divine religion. We have to tell our non-Muslim friends the mental peace we enjoy by practicing Islam. We should also become the voice of the voiceless.”

Khalifa Said Jallo from Denver Colarado said the program impressed him. “It helped me to learn a lot from the experiences of others. It also gave me an opportunity to know more about IDB and its efforts for the development of Muslim countries and communities. Every organization faces problems but the success lies in how they overcome such problems.”

http://www.arabnews.com/muslim-ngos-urged-make-activities-more-transparent

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Sexes to be separated in panel advising Saudi king

 7 Nov 2012

A Saudi official says a screen will separate genders on the Shura council but will allow women and men to communicate through internal communication network

A Saudi official says a screen will separate genders on the country's main advisory body to King Abdullah when women join it for the first time.

Following a decision by Abdullah, women will be allowed to join the Shura Council, his main group of advisers expected to reconvene early next year. The format is seen as a compromise with hardline Islamic factions that oppose even small reforms in the ultraconservative kingdom, where sex segregation is a widespread custom.

Abdullah has pledged to allow women to vote and run in the next municipal elections in 2015. But Saudi women still face many restrictions, including a ban on driving.

The official, quoted in Al-Watan newspaper on Wednesday, says an internal communications network will allow men and women to communicate despite the barrier.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/57429/World/Region/Sexes-to-be-separated-in-panel-advising-Saudi-king.aspx

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Bahrain revokes citizenship of 31 Shia activists

November 7, 2012

DUBAI: Bahraini authorities have revoked the citizenship of 31 Shia activists, among them two former members of parliament, for having “undermined state security,” state news agency BNA reported Wednesday.

The names of the 31 activists, including brothers Jawad and Jalal Fairuz, both ex-MPs who represented the major Shia al Wefaq bloc, were listed in the report, which quoted an interior ministry statement.

Also named was Ali Mashaima, son of prominent activist Hassan Mashaima who is head of the Shia opposition movement Haq and who is serving a life sentence for allegedly plotting against the monarchy.

The government move comes after Bahrain late last month banned all protests and gatherings to ensure “security is maintained,” after clashes between Shia-led demonstrators and security forces in the Sunni-ruled country.

The Gulf state has experienced unrest since March last year when the authorities crushed protests led by the Shia Muslim majority.

According to the International Federation for Human Rights, 80 people have died in Bahrain since the violence erupted on February 14 last year.

Hundreds of people were arrested when the security forces, aided by troops from neighbouring Saudi Arabia, crushed the uprising within a month, while many activists, including some whose names appear on Wednesday’s list, were tried in special military courts set up at the time.

Another former MP and leading al Wefaq member, Matar Matar, told AFP that “many named (on the list) were acquitted by a military court” after being charged with harming state security.

Others named on the list are currently living abroad, according to opposition sources.

Tension has been running high in the kingdom following a spate of bombings on Monday in the capital Manama which killed two Asian expatriates. Four people have been arrested in connection with the bombings.

King Hamad ordered Tuesday “the swift arrest of the terrorists who carried out the recent terrorist acts in Bahrain” and urged citizens to help “bring them to justice so they receive their punishment over this appalling act.”

http://tribune.com.pk/story/462129/bahrain-revokes-citizenship-of-31-shia-activists/

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Syrian rebels kill 10 pro-Assad Palestinian militiamen

 7 Nov 2012

Syrian rebels killed 10 members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), a faction loyal to President Bashar al-Assad, on Wednesday in clashes near a Palestinian camp in Damascus, opposition sources said.

Fighting between the two sides has escalated in the last few days in 'Street 30' and Hajar al-Aswad near Yarmouk, a camp inhabited by 150,000 Palestinians and as many Syrians. Syrian army artillery and warplanes have bombarded rebel positions in the area, the opposition sources said.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/57441/World/Region/Syrian-rebels-kill--proAssad-Palestinian-militiame.aspx

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King congratulates Obama on his election victory

 7 November 2012

JEDDAH: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah has sent a cable of congratulations to US President Barack Obama on his election for a second term.

"On the occasion of your election as president of the United States for a second term, I express to you our congratulations and best wishes in my name and on behalf of the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, wishing you constant good health and happiness, and the people of the United States of America more progress and prosperity. We praise on this occasion the strength of close historical relations between our two friendly countries which we have been keen on their development in all fields, expressing our greetings and appreciation of your excellency,” the king's message said.

Crown Prince Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, also congratulated Obama on his victory.

http://www.arabnews.com/king-congratulates-president-barack-obama

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Islamist groups to Join Rally to Demand Implementation of Islamic Law in Egypt

Gamaa Islamiya's Building & Development Party to join Friday rally

Islamist groups – including Gamaa Islamiya and Salafist Calling – call for Friday demo to demand full implementation of Islamic Law in Egypt's new constitution

 6 Nov 2012

The Building and Development Party – the political wing of Egypt's Gamaa Islamyia movement – announced on Tuesday that it would take part in a planned Friday protest to demand the application of Islamic Law in the country's new constitution.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/57306/Egypt/Politics-/Gamaa-Islamiyas-Building--Development-Party-to-joi.aspx

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'Emirati chokes neighbour to death over barmaid'

Nov 06 2012

Dubai: A drugged Emirati walking his pet monkey poured sand into his neighbour's mouth, choking him to death, in a dispute over a barmaid, a daily reported on its website today.

"A drugged-up man walking his monkey kicked his neighbour to the ground, bit his nose and poured sand into his mouth before leaving him to die in a dispute over a barmaid," The National daily said.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/emirati-chokes-neighbour-to-death-over-barmaid/1027733/

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Mursi to make historic trip to Islamabad this month

 November 7, 2012

ISLAMABAD: President Asif Ali Zardari and his Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Mursi are likely to hold bilateral talks on the sidelines of the upcoming Developing-8 (D-8) summit in Islamabad on November 22.

A D-8 charter is to be adopted at the summit along with an ‘Islamabad Declaration’, a highly-placed official source said. Significantly, the D-8 charter will put in place an approved policy framework for the group 15 years after its establishment in 1997 in Turkey.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/461954/d-8-summit-mursi-to-make-historic-trip-to-islamabad-this-month/

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Pope scraps planned Vatican mission to Syria

Pope Benedict cancels Vatican mission to Syria due to increase of violence calling on opposition and Bashar al-Assad regime to choose peace

7 Nov 2012

Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday announced a planned Vatican mission to Syria will not go ahead and said he had dispatched an envoy to Lebanon instead to meet refugees and Christian community leaders.

"Unfortunately different circumstances and developments have not rendered possible this initiative in the way we had hoped. I have therefore given a special mission to Cardinal Robert Sarah," the pope said in St Peter's Square.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/57452/World/Region/Pope-scraps-planned-Vatican-mission-to-Syria.aspx

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Syrian rebels fire at Assad’s palace

7 November 2012

AMMAN, Jordan: Syrian rebels fired mortars at President Bashar Assad’s palace in Damascus on Wednesday but missed, in an attack underlining the growing boldness of forces fighting to end his family’s 42 years in power.

Residents told Reuters the heavy-caliber shells hit a neighboring residential district that is home to members of Assad’s Alawite sect. State-run media said at least three people were killed and seven wounded in what it described as a “terrorist attack.”

Syria’s war, which has already spilled into neighboring Lebanon and threatened to spread instability in the Middle East, poses one of the greatest foreign policy challenges for US President Barack Obama as he starts his second term.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/syrian-rebels-fire-assad%E2%80%99s-palace

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Syria Rebel Chief Says Escapes Assassination Bid

 7 Nov 2012

BEIRUT: The Syrian rebel commander in central Homs province, Colonel Kassem Saadeddine, said in a video posted on Wednesday that he had escaped an assassination attempt by forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

“Thanks be to God, we have returned after having escaped from the hands of Assad’s bands,” Saadeddine, also the spokesman for the Joint Command of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), said in the video posted overnight.

In a statement with the video, the FSA Joint Command said Saadeddine had been ambushed by pro-regime militia forces, known as “shabiha” by the opposition, in an assassination attempt.

It said the colonel’s driver was lightly wounded in the attack, but no one among rebel forces was killed, and provided no further details.

http://dawn.com/2012/11/07/syria-rebel-chief-says-escapes-assassination-bid/

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Rapping with ‘fear and respect’ in Saudi Arabia

 7 November 2012

PARIS — Making hip hop in Saudi Arabia is a bit of a tightrope act, says Qusai Kheder, self-styled ambassador for the genre who has built a niche following for his sex-and-violence free brand of rap music.

“Saudi Arabia is a very conservative country — that’s where we are from,” the 35-year-old said before performing to a crowd of mostly Arab, largely female, young fans at the Arab World Institute in Paris this month.

“This is our culture, our heritage, and we have reasons to respect it,” said the Riyadh-born young man in leather jacket, grey snood and clipped goatee, whose stage name is simply “Qusai”.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-

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Western Efforts on Syria Shifting

7 November 2012

ZAATARI, Jordan (AP) — Western efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad shifted dramatically Wednesday, with Britain announcing it will deal directly with rebel military leaders and Turkey saying NATO members have discussed using Patriot missiles to protect a safe zone inside Syria.

The developments came within hours of Barack Obama's re-election, with U.S. allies anticipating a new, bolder approach from the American president to end the deadlocked civil war that has killed more than 36,000 people since an uprising against Assad began in March 2011.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/11/07/world/middleeast/ap-syria-diplomacy.html?ref=middleeast

 

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Mideast Asia

 

Obama victory spells trouble for Israeli Prime Minister

 Nov 07 2012

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces an even more awkward time with Washington and re-energised critics at home who accused him on Wednesday of backing the loser in the U.S. presidential election.

With Iran topping his conservative agenda, Netanyahu will have to contend with a strengthened second-term Democratic president after four years of frosty dealings with Barack Obama and a rift over how to curb Tehran's nuclear programme.

Full Coverage of US Presidential Elections 2012

Facing his own re-election battle in January, polls give Netanyahu little chance of losing but perceptions that he has mishandled Israel's main ally have been seized on by opponents.

"I will continue to work with President Obama to ensure the interests that are vital for the security of Israel's citizens," Netanyahu said in a short, congratulatory statement hailing what he called strong strategic relations with Washington.

Full report at:

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics/nation/barack-obama-victory-spells-

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Palestinians hope for state in Obama second term

 7 November 2012

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat on Wednesday said he hoped that US President Barack Obama’s reelection would mean the creation of a Palestinian state in the next four years.

“We hope that a Palestinian state will be implemented in Obama’s next term,” he told AFP, without specifically welcoming Obama’s reelection.

Erakat pointed out that Israel had announced new settlement tenders as Americans were going to the polls on Tuesday, and called on Obama to take swift action to prevent continuing Israeli settlement activity.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/palestinians-hope-state-obama-second-term

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Iran hangs 10 convicted drug traffickers

Iran authorities said it executed 10 people convicted in drug trafficking prompted expressions of concern from human rights groups

 7 Nov 2012

Iran executed 10 drug traffickers in a prison in Tehran on Wednesday, a statement on the website of the prosecutor's office said.

The men sent to the gallows were convicted of trafficking "hundreds of kilos" (pounds) of narcotics, the statement said.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/57410/World/Region/Iran-hangs--convicted-drug-traffickers.aspx

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Israel mulls steps against the Palestinians over UN bid

 7 Nov 2012

Senior members of Israel's cabinet on Tuesday weighed punitive steps that could be taken against the Palestinians if they pursue a campaign to upgrade their status to "observer state" at the United Nations this month.

A senior Israeli official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's inner circle of ministers reached an agreement in principle on the measures Israel may take if the Palestinians ask the UN General Assembly for the diplomatic upgrade.

The upgrade could grant the Palestinians, now registered as an "observer entity", access to bodies such as the International Criminal Court, where they could file complaints against Israel.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=42245

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Israel PM congratulates Obama, says ties strong

Netanyahu congratulates Obama for his winning a second term in the White House, praising ties between two countries

 7 Nov 2012

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday congratulated US President Barack Obama on his re-election, saying ties between their two countries were "stronger than ever."

"The prime minister congratulates the president of the United States for his victory in the election," Netanyahu said in a statement. "The strategic alliance between Israel and the United States is stronger than ever."

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/57423/World/Region/Israel-PM-congratulates-Obama,-says-ties-strong.aspx

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Pakistan

 

Country cannot afford clash of institutions, Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (F)

 7 Nov 2012

QUETTA: Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam (Fazl) chairman and the chairman of the Special Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, said here on Wednesday that Pakistan could not afford a clash of institutions due to the critical conditions prevailing in the country, DawnNews reported.

Speaking to media representatives at the Quetta airport, he declared the recent statements issued by Army Chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry as promising.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/07/country-cannot-afford-clash-of-institutions-says-fazl/

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‘I’ll bring Mumbai perpetrators to justice’: Imran Khan

 7 Nov 2012

Imran Khan for a new beginning in Indo- Pak ties

IMRAN KHAN, leader of Pakistan’s Tehreek- e- Insaaf party and a strong prime ministerial aspirant, has raised the stakes on bridging the trust deficit between the two countries by saying he will bring the 26/ 11 perpetrators to book.

He held out the assurance that as Prime Minister he would ensure there was no terrorism originating from Pakistan. “India must understand the legal process takes time, but I will bring the Mumbai perpetrators to justice. We have to follow the rule of law,” he said in a freewheeling interview with MAIL TODAY that touched upon Kashmir, Hafiz Saeed and the US. Khan is here to attend the World Economic Forum meet in Gurgaon.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Two Shia PPP workers gunned down in Karachi

 November 7, 2012

KARACHI: Two men belonging to the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) were killed when unidentified men opened fire on them at a restaurant in Orangi Town on Wednesday.

The men, identified as 23-year-olds Jahangir and Raza, were sitting in a restaurant when unidentified men opened fire on them, killing them instantly.

Both men were identified as Shia and belonging to the PPP.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/462126/targeted-two-shia-ppp-workers-gunned-down-in-karachi/

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3 Hazaras shot dead in Quetta

 7 Nov 2012

QUETTA: Three men of the Hazara Shia community were gunned down on the Spinny Road on Tuesday in continuing sectarian attacks in the city.

The shooting left two other members of the community, Hussain Ali and Muhammad Ali, injured. They were admitted to the Combined Military Hospital.

Police identified the deceased as Isa, Hasan Ali and Zaman.

They were in a taxi when attacked by the gunmen on motorbikes.

The killings sparked angry protests by members of the community who gathered on the Brewery Road, burnt tyres and raised slogans against the government and the Frontier Corps for their failure to prevent the killing of innocent people.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/07/3-hazaras-shot-dead-in-quetta/

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12 more killed in rising wave of Karachi violence

By Danish Rafique

 7 Nov 2012

KARACHI: Twelve more people fell prey to unabated curse of violence in the city on Tuesday amid arson attacks after the killing of two leaders belonging to Shiite community. The angry mobs torched four vehicles in separate areas in the city.

In the first incident, two men belonging to Shiite community were gunned down over sectarian issue near Parking Plaza, Sadder within the precincts of Brigade police station. Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\07\story_7-11-2012_pg7_18

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Will declare jihad to save Pakistan: Imran Khan

 November 7, 2012

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has said that he will “declare jihad to save Pakistan” and “will disarm all militants group operating in the country,” reported Mail Today on Wednesday.

In an interview with the Indian daily, Khan spoke on the issue of terrorism in Pakistan and said that terror leaders can be “transformed.”

“I am sure they can be put into nation building, human beings can change. I will make them realise that militancy is not a solution.”

The PTI chief, who is currently present in India to attend the World Economic Forum in Gurgaon, said that he will bring the culprits behind Mumbai attacks to justice, if he is made the prime minister of Pakistan.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/462136/will-declare-jihad-to-save-pakistan-from-terrorism-imran-khan/

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Foreign security firm pulls out of Pakistan

November 6, 2012

KARACHI: The stake of G4S – a global security solutions company operating in 125 countries – in Wackenhut Pakistan Private Limited (WPPL) has been bought out by its local partner, an official announcement said on Monday.

WPPL Chairman Ikram Sehgal, who already held 50% shares in the company, is now the sole owner of the security firm that employs over 11,000 personnel in the country.

On the face of it, a foreign company’s permanent exit from Pakistan is a bad thing. But the events that preceded the buyout tell a different story, according to Sehgal.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/461386/foreign-security-firm-pulls-out-of-pakistan/

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Pakistani government allows Sarabjit Singh's counsel to meet him on November 10

Yudhvir Rana

Nov 6, 2012

AMRITSAR: Pakistan government has allowed Awais Sheikh, counsel of Indian condemned prisoner Sarabjit Singh, to meet his client in Kot Lakhpat jail .

While talking to TOI on Tuesday Sheikh informed that in compliance of the orders of Lahore High Court the government of Punjab has accorded him permission to meet Sarabjit Singh in Kot Lakhpat jail on November 10 at 11am but the meeting has been granted in the presence of superintendent of jail, representative of special branch of Punjab police and counter terrorism department under strict security arrangements in accordance with Pakistan Prison Rules 1978.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Pakistani-government-allows-Sarabjit-Singhs-counsel-to-meet-him-on-November-10/articleshow/17120178.cms

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ASP, five others killed in Peshawar blast: 36 injured

Zahir Shah Sherazi

 7 Nov 2012

PESHAWAR: A blast targeting the vehicle of Assistant Superintendent Police (ASP) Investigations, Hilal Haider, in Qissa Khawani Bazar area of Peshawar killed six people and injured 36 others on Wednesday.

The ASP and his bodyguards were among those killed in the attack.

SP City Asif Iqbal while talking to media persons at the site of attack said that a suicide bomber struck the vehicle of ASP Hilal Haider adding that six to seven kilograms of explosives was used in the blast.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/07/peshawar-blast-kills-two-20-injured/

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May 2 Abbottabad raid: SC to examine media clips, ISPR releases

   7 Nov 2012

ISLAMABAD: A day after a strongly-worded statement by the army chief, the Supreme Court sought on Tuesday press statements issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) after the May 2, 2011, Abbottabad operation in which Osama bin Laden was killed.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, had taken up a petition filed by Sardar Mohammad Ghazi, an advocate, in June seeking an order barring the media from questioning and condemning the armed forces, intelligence agencies and other security institutions.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/07/may-2-abbottabad-raid-sc-to-examine-media-clips-ispr-releases/

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Asghar Khan case: FIA awaits detailed verdict to launch probe

 November 7, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Top officials from the country’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) said on Tuesday that they cannot launch an investigation into accused politicians in the Asghar Khan case until a detailed verdict is announced.

Last month, the Supreme Court held two retired military generals, Director General ISI Lt Gen (retd) Asad Durrani and Chief of Army Staff Gen (retd) Aslam Baig, responsible for bribing politicians in order to rig the 1990 general elections.

The apex court had directed the FIA to probe charges against Baig and Durrani for rigging the elections as well as an investigation into the accused politicians who were allegedly bribed by the two generals.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/461946/asghar-khan-case-fia-awaits-detailed-verdict-to-launch-probe/

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India

 

Jamiat Ulama-i- Hind urges Islamic nations to help Rohingyas' cause

Rakhi Chakrabarty

Nov 7, 2012

NEW DELHI: Jamiat Ulama-i- Hind (JuH), the largest body of Muslim clerics, urged Islamic countries, including Saudi Arabia, to mount pressure on Myanmar for "cessation of attack" on Rohingya Muslims.

In a letter to the Islamic countries sent through their embassies in India, the JuH also sought an international probe into the violence in Myanmar in which thousands of Rohingyas were displaced.

JuH general secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani said, "The UN, in its report, counts the Rohingyas among the most persecuted stateless minorities in the world."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/Jamiat-urges-Islamic-nations-to-help-Rohingyas-cause/articleshow/17121987.cms

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India and Israel release stamps to mark 20 years of ties

Nov 7, 2012

TEL AVIV: India and Israel have released a set of postal stamps depicting their respective festival of lights, Diwali and Hannukah, to commemorate 20 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The stamps were unveiled by secretary and director general of India Post, Manjula Prasher, India's new envoy to Israel, Jaideep Sarkar, and chairman of Israel Postal Company, Sasi Shilo in presence of other officials from both sides.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-and-Israel-release-stamps-to-mark-20-years-of-ties/articleshow/17120781.cms

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Punjab may export power to Pakistan

Nov 7, 2012

CHANDIGARH: Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, who is on a visit to Pakistan, on Tuesday said the state would be in a position to export electricity as it was going to become power surplus soon. However, Badal junior added that power export to Pakistan would depend upon an approval from the government of India.

A statement issued by the Punjab government on Tuesday said Badal, who met Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of eastern Punjab province, over lunch at latter's residence in Lahore on Tuesday, also offered technical know-how in the power sector to solve the chronic power shortage in Eastern Punjab.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Punjab-may-export-power-to-Pakistan/articleshow/17123447.cms

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British envoy writes to J&K CM, says UK will revoke travel advisory

Nov 7, 2012

NEW DELHI: British high commissioner to India Sir James Bevan has written to Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, saying that the UK government will shortly announce the revocation of the advisory against its citizens travelling to the state.

The UK will be the third major country to revoke such an advisory after Japan and Germany. It is seen as an international recognition of the all-time drop in terror activities in the state. The government hopes that the move will further boost the J&K's tourist industry, the mainstay of its economy.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/British-envoy-writes-to-Omar-says-UK-will-revoke-travel-advisory/articleshow/17122161.cms

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India, Britain to ramp up ties, discuss Afghanistan

Nov 7, 2012

NEW DELHI: (India and Britain will hold talks Thursday to scale up economic ties and expand cooperation in diverse areas, including civil nuclear energy, defence, counter-terrorism and cyber security.

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid will lead the Indian delegation that will hold discussions with British Foreign Secretary William Hague and his team on a gamut of bilateral and global issues.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Britain-to-ramp-up-ties-discuss-Afghanistan/articleshow/17129615.cms

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Pak refuses flag meeting after ceasefire violation

November 06, 2012

Pakistan has refused an Indian Army request for a flag meeting  following last month's ceasefire violation in Uri sector of the Line of Control (LOC) in Kashmir, a senior army officer said in Srinagar on Tuesday. Speaking to the media in north Kashmir's Baramulla town, major general

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Srinagar/Pak-refuses-flag-meeting-after-ceasefire-violation/Article1-955598.aspx

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India 'hauls up' Pak for ignoring Interpol notice against Dawood Ibrahim

Vishwa Mohan

Nov 7, 2012

NEW DELHI: India on Monday chose the ongoing Interpol General Assembly in Rome to obliquely hit out at Pakistan for giving shelter to underworld don and 1993 Mumbai blast mastermind Dawood Ibrahim, despite a pending Interpol Red Corner Notice (RCN) and "credible evidence" against the UN-designated "global terrorist".

New Delhi also pitched for taking action against "states, which sponsor, support or provide safe haven to terrorists".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-hauls-up-Pak-for-ignoring-Interpol-notice-against-Dawood-Ibrahim/articleshow/17121819.cms

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After 38 yrs, Begum Akhtar’s grave gets due attention

Nov 07 2012

Lucknow: In an overcast afternoon, in the narrow lanes of old Lucknow’s Thakurganj area, locals — brandishing brooms and assisted by a few persons from a trust — were seen frantically washing a two-grave cemetery, ensuring the place is spotless.

The epitaph on the larger grave reads Begum Akhtar and, it is after 38 years that people have turned towards her once again, restoring her resting place which lay in utter neglect till now. True to the richness of her voice, the renovation work has been undertaken along the lines of Mughal architecture.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/after-38-yrs-begum-akhtar-s--grave-gets-due-attention/1028054/

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Hizbul threat in J&K casts shadow on fight against Maoists

Deeptiman Tiwary

Nov 7, 2012

NEW DELHI: Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin has unwittingly become an obstacle in India's fight against left wing extremism. Salahuddin's threat of more attacks on sarpanches and panches in Jammu and Kashmir has delayed fresh deployment of as many as 6,000 troops for anti-Naxal operations in Maoist-hit areas across the country.

The home ministry had asked the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to deploy 10,000 additional troops in Naxal-hit areas for an intensified operation in the coming months. These troops, to be deployed before March next year, were to come from a mix of fresh recruits and those deployed in the Valley, given that the government has already embarked on a process of de-escalation of forces in the state.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hizbul-threat-in-JK-casts-shadow-on-fight-against-Maoists/articleshow/17121737.cms

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America

 

Having dispatched Romney, Obama faces Iran, Syria

Nov 07 2012

Washington : Having defeated Republican Mitt Romney at home, Barack Obama has no shortage of adversaries to grapple with abroad, including the governments of Iran, Syria and possibly China.

The Democratic president's re-election ensures continuity in US foreign policy but leaves open questions such as whether diplomacy can constrain Iran's nuclear program or whether Israel or the United States might resort to air strikes.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/having-dispatched-romney-obama-faces-iran-syria/1028145/

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South Asia

 

3 Hizb-ut Tawhid men arrested: Leaflets, Jihadi books seized: Bangladesh

 7 Nov 2012

Police arrested three members of Islamist outfit Hizb-ut Tawhid in Panchagarh town yesterday and seized leaflets, posters, CDs and books on jihad from their possession.

The arrestees are Hozaifa Islam, 14, Zahid Islam, 20, and Sajid Hasan, 17. They hail from Gangni upazila of Meherpur district.

They had been living in a rented house in Tulardanga area of the district for the last one month, police said.

The Hizb-ut-men were distributing books on jihad and CDs among the locals and pasting posters on walls in front of the local press club at around 1:00pm.

Being informed by local people, law enforcers from Panchagarh Police Station reached the spot and arrested the Hizb-ut-Tawhid activists.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=256491

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Ahmadiyya mosque vandalised in Rangpur: Bangladesh

 7 Nov 2012

Local people vandalised a mosque and torched several houses of Ahmadiyas in Taraganj upazila of Rangpur Wednesday afternoon.

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=42263

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Khaleda  Zia greets Obama for his triumph

 7 Nov 2012

Leader of the opposition and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday congratulated US President Barack Obama on his re-election as president of the United States of America.

BNP Chairperson’s Press Secretary Maruf Kamal Khan said Khaleda warmly congratulated President Obama who has been re-elected to a second term as the US president.

Earlier, in his instant reaction, BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir termed Obama’s victory a good message for all democracy-loving people.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=42258

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WAR-WEARY AFGHANS SHRUG OFF OBAMA RE-ELECTION

 7 Nov 2012

KABUL: In Afghanistan, where US troops are fighting and dying in America’s longest conflict, the re-election of President Barack Obama was met with a war-weary shrug on Wednesday as foreign forces prepare to withdraw.

One of the few things that Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney agreed on during their bitter campaign was that US combat troops would pull out by the end of 2014, whatever the state of the conflict against Taliban insurgents.

But in general, Afghanistan, where the United States has lost more than 2,000 soldiers in a decade of fighting and still has 68,000 troops, was barely mentioned during the election campaign.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/07/war-weary-afghans-shrug-off-obama-re-election/

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Afghanistan rules out peace deals with Haqqanis

 7 Nov 2012

KABUL: Afghanistan welcomes the United Nations’ decision to impose sanctions on the Haqqani network and would not negotiate for peace with the group blamed for several high-profile attacks in the country, the presidential spokesman said on Tuesday.

Aimal Faizi, President Hamid Karzai’s chief spokesman, said Kabul backed the UN decision, but added it should have been made a long time ago to weaken the Haqqanis, who he said had carried out most of the terrorist attacks in the nation over the past 10 years. Although the Afghan government is engaged in reconciliation talks with members of the Taliban, it rules out dialogue with the Haqqani group, believed to be based in the unruly border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\07\story_7-11-2012_pg7_19

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Resolution for FM’s dismissal from UN post removed from Maldivian Majlis agenda

By Minivan News | November 6th, 2012

Deputy Speaker Ahmed Nazim – presiding in the absence of Speaker Abdulla Shahid – removed from the agenda a resolution submitted by Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP) MP Riyaz Rasheed calling for the dismissal of former Foreign Minister Dr Ahmed Shaheed from his post as UN Special Rappporteur on Iran.

Nazim said at the beginning of today’s sitting that the item could not be tabled in the agenda and apologised for having previously tabled it for debate and announced a first reading.

He noted that the UN and not the Maldivian government had appointed Dr Shaheed to the post.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/category/news-in-brief

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Maldivian President’s Office failing to address port workers’ rights abuses

By Neil Merrett | November 6th, 2012

The International Transport Workers’ Federation (IFT) has accused President Mohamed Waheed Hassan of failing to respond to ongoing concerns it has over certain rights violations of workers employed at the state-owned Maldives Ports Limited.

A spokesperson for the IFT, a global trade union representing 4.5 million transport workers across 154 countries, said it expected to send a third official letter this week to President Waheed after it had not received a response from his office on two previous occasions.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/global-trade-union-claims-presidents-office-still-failing-to-address-port-workers-rights-abuses-46872

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100 missing as Bangladesh boat sinks: Coastguard

Nov 7, 2012

DHAKA: Around 100 people are missing after a boat carrying Rohingya refugees sank off Bangladesh as it headed to Malaysia early on Wednesday, coastguard officials said.

Bangladesh Border Guard commander Lieutenant Colonel Zahid Hasan said the vessel was carrying around 110 passengers when it went down off the southwestern Cox's Bazaar coastal district. "We have rescued 11 survivors with the help of local fishermen and a search and rescue operation is underway," Hasan said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/south-asia/100-missing-as-Bangladesh-boat-sinks-Coastguard/articleshow/17127154.cms

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Africa

 

Daughter of Gaddafi's Ex-Spy Chief Says Jailed Father Very Sick

7 November 2012

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - The daughter of Muammar Gaddafi's ex-spy chief is concerned her father may not be getting treatment for his cancer and has not seen a lawyer since being extradited to a Libyan jail in September.

Abdullah al-Senussi, one of the most feared members of Gaddafi's regime before rebels toppled it last year, was captured in Mauritania in March, triggering a tug of war between Libya, France and the International Criminal Court (ICC) for his extradition.

Sarah Senussi likened her father's repatriation to a kidnapping and said she was worried about his kidney cancer.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/11/07/world/europe/07reuters-libya-senussi.html?ref=africa

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Tunisia's Islamist gloves and the veil are off

7 November 2012

When a film showing Rachid Ghannouchi encouraging Salafist groups raised questions about Ennahda's true colours the politician showed he could be as litigious as any secular figure.

Rachid Ghannouchi, the [I]éminence grise[/I] of the ruling Ennahda party, jealously guards his public image. With an energy that belies his 70 years, he rapidly counters any accusation that Ennahda is not the progressive and modern Islamist party that he claims it to be.

But Ghannouchi and Ennahda's intentions have come under greater scrutiny just as it announced, under pressure from opposition parties, that there will be presidential and parliamentary elections on 23 June 2013.

Full report at:

http://www.theafricareport.com/20121106501821108/north-africa/tunisias-islamist-gloves-and-the-veil-are-off-501821108.html

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Libya’s former leader faces grilling

 7 November 2012

A Libyan military court on Wednesday ordered prosecutors to interrogate former transitional leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil over the death of a general who had commanded rebel forces last year.

The court in the eastern city of Benghazi ordered that the ex-chairman of the National Transitional Council, a political body representing rebels in the 2011 conflict, be questioned over the killing of General Abdel Fatah Yunes.

Full report at:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-

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In Kenya, Sarah Obama says she prays her 'grandson' will win

 Nov 06 2012

Kogelo, Kenya : Sarah Obama, paternal "grandmother" of US President Barack Obama, ventured outside her home today in the western Kenyan village of Kogelo for a few minutes to talk to reporters.

"I pray for him, for God to help him," she said during an improvised press conference in her garden.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/in-kenya-sarah-obama-says-she-prays-her-grandson-will-win/1027808/

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Al-Qaida leader Zawahiri urges support for Somalia rebels

Nov 7, 2012

NAIROBI: Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has urged all Muslims to support Somalia's Islamist Shebab insurgents, the SIE monitoring website reported on Tuesday.

The Shebab, a group which has been battling the Western-backed government in Somalia and proclaims allegiance to Al-Qaeda, has in recent months suffered several major setbacks.

An offensive led by African Union troops has stripped the Shebab of most of their former bastions, including the southern port of Kismayo, a key asset Kenyan forces wrested back just over a month ago.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Al-Qaida-leader-Zawahiri-urges-support-for-Somalia-rebels/articleshow/17122771.cms

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Mali's Ansar Dine Islamists in humanitarian aid deal

 7 Nov 2012

One of the Islamist groups in northern Mali has agreed to allow humanitarian aid groups into its territory.

Ansar Dine's announcement was made after talks with the regional mediator, Burkina Faso's leader Blaise Compaore.

The militants also agreed to commit to peace talks with Mali's government and observe a ceasefire.

Last month, the UN Security Council adopted a resolution paving the way for an African force to end the Islamists' occupation of northern Mali.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-20219555

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Blast heard in Somali capital near parliament - witness

 7 Nov 2012

A large explosion rocked Somali's capital Mogadishu near the parliament on Wednesday, though the cause of the blast and the number of casualties were not immediately clear, a Reuters witness said.

"The explosion went off outside the Somali parliament. We don't know if it was a suicide bomber. Police are here and they've surrounded the area," the witness said.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/57442/World/Region/Blast-heard-in-Somali-capital-near-parliament--wit.aspx

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Southeast Asia

 

Alleged fraudulent head of Maldivian Hajj Group in Malaysia

By Ahmed Nazeer | November 6th, 2012

Superintendent of Police Mohamed Riyaz has told parliament’s Government Oversight Committee that police have received reports that the Head of Maleesha Hajj Group, Ismail Abdul Latheef is in Malaysia.

Police began searching for 42 year-old in late September after it was alleged that he had defrauded 175 people of MVR 12 million (US$778,000) after they made payments to the Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/allegedly-fraudulent-head-of-maleesha-hajj-group-in-malaysia-reveal-police-46857

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Obama's re-election celebrated around world

Nov 7, 2012

JAKARTA, Indonesia: From his old school in Indonesia to a Japanese beach town that happens to share his name, people around the world cheered US President Barack Obama's re-election Wednesday and expressed hope that he will help allay global conflicts and economic woes.

The results of Tuesday's election were closely watched in many countries. Several U.S. embassies held mock elections and threw parties as returns came in.

At Jakarta's Menteng 01 Elementary School, which Obama once attended, students happily marched with a poster of the president from one classroom to another after hearing that he had defeated Republican Mitt Romney to win a second term. "Obama wins ... Obama wins again," they shouted.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Obamas-re-election-celebrated-around-world/articleshow/17128267.cms

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Europe

 

UN chief congratulates Obama on re-election

Nov 7, 2012

UNITED NATIONS: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon congratulated US President Barack Obama on Wednesday on his re-election, saying he looks forward to working with him on global challenges including Syria and climate change.

Warmly congratulating Obama, Ban said he "looks forward to continuing to work with President Obama and his administration in the spirit of the enduring partnership between the US and the UN.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/UN-chief-congratulates-Obama-on-re-election/articleshow/17127870.cms

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David Cameron meets Syrian refugees as UK begins rebel talks

 7 Nov 2012

David Cameron says he is determined to give Syria a brighter future as he met refugees of the conflict at a camp on the Syrian-Jordanian border.

Britain is to begin talks with armed Syrian rebels in a bid to unite the opposition to President Bashar al-Assad, the UK prime minister said.

The discussions are due to take place in Jordan and Turkey.

Visiting the refugee camp on Wednesday, Mr Cameron said the suffering of refugees was "horrendous".

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20232491

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  • 1 .
    "Obama victory spells trouble for Israeli Prime Minister." -

    Netanyahu was betting on the wrong horse!

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin 07/11/2012 13:54:40