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Saudis Deport 3 Men for Being 'Too Handsome' Amid Worries That Women Would Get Attracted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Delhi’s Madrasas Are All for English

 

India

Delhi’s Madrasas Are All for English, Hard-Line Ideologies Obstruct the Process of Reform

Man attacked with knives, cops say inter-faith marriage may be motive

Death for Kodnani move to warn Advani, deflect Zakia?

Gujarat HC grants temporary bail to Babu Bajrangi

LeT’s top militant Fahadullah arrested in Sopore

Owner of bike used in Bangalore blast traced, says Shinde

Employer abandons 82 Indian workers in Riyadh

China’s aid to Tajikistan does not clash with India’s interests, says Ansari

Pune court awards death to German Bakery blast convict Himayat Baig

Hyderabad blasts case cracked, Yasin Bhatkal of IM planted bombs: NIA

11 convicts of ’93 Mumbai blasts surrender

Quake: PM writes to Pak, Iran leaders

Early precedent in US, trend in India, do-it-yourself from Qaida

'Indo-Pak relations might affect India's Afghan role'

Bihar Muslims accuse Nitish Kumar of doublespeak

India airlifts military hospital to Tajikistan to strengthen footprint in Central Asia

 

North America

Washington Imam marries gay Muslim couples despite backlash

Boston's Largest Mosque: 'We're Bostonians -- We Mourn with the City'

US honours microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus with top award

FBI arrests suspect for sending ricin letter to Obama

CAIR Welcomes 20-Year Sentence for Ohio Mosque Arsonist

Boston tragedy: St. Louis responds, offers interfaith prayers at local mosque

Ask Senate to Drop Israel Visa Waiver Exemption Making U.S. Muslims 'Second-Class Citizens'

Indian-American comes to Boston blast victims aid

US dealing with al-Qaeda element on Pakistani territory: Hagel

 

South Asia

Afghan City Mazar-i-Sharif’s Economic Success Extends to Its Sex Trade

Prospect of “radicalised, authoritarian” Maldives threatens all nations: Nasheed

Afghan Islamic Courts: A Pre-Taliban System with Post-2014 Potential?

Taliban vow revenge over Guantanamo shootings

Bilateral Ties: China to help Pakistan with anti-terror efforts

Hearing on Sayedee, govt pleas May 2

462 killed by law enforcers in four years: Rights bodies

Saudi Government agrees to repatriate Lankan overstayers without penalties

 

Pakistan

Jets pound militant hideouts in Orakzai tribal region

Pakistan Ulema Council to issue fatwa in favour of voting

Dedicated police help-line to be started for kidnapping for ransom, extortion

Musharraf becomes the butt of twitterati's jokes after he flees court

Musharraf hides at home after fleeing Islamabad high court

Zardari in PoK; rakes up Afzal Guru's execution

One dead, 20 injured in NW clash: hospital

Govt won’t let terrorists sabotage elections

Pakistani Hindus in India protest 'atrocities'

‘Extremism greatest challenge to Pakistan’s progress’: Minister

Transgender candidates stake claim in Pakistan vote

 

Africa

Nigerian Christian group threatens retaliation over Islamist attacks

 

Mideast Asia

‘Iranian govt has issued 50,000 visas to Pakistanis in the past few months’

We can block arms to Syrian rebels: Israeli PM

Iran boosts its nuclear technology, installs 600 high-tech centrifuges

Palestinian museum showcases prisoner misery

Iranian leader steers clear of talking uranium in Niger

 

Southeast Asia

Headmaster Drinks Poison After 14 Students Accuse Him of Sexual Assault

Police Arrest University Students Allegedly Involved In Ambon Bombing

CIMB Islamic views RI as prime market

Help me if you love me, Najib tells civil servants

‘Stranded’ Filipinos in Jeddah seek speedy exit

 

Europe

Bangladeshi farm workers in Greece shot at for demanding wages, dozens injured

4 UK men jailed for discussing acts of terrorism

Most Pakistanis favour Islam over Western democracy: Poll

 

Arab World

Saudis deport 3 men for being 'too handsome' amid worries that women would get attracted

Syrian Rebel Council to Impose Moderate Sharia across Territory

UAE breaks up 'al-Qaida cell' of 7 Arabs plotting attacks in the Gulf state

West will pay for supporting al-Qaida in Syria: Assad

Taliban in Qatar see no early peace talks with US: Sources

Syria crisis: rebels capture parts of army base in Homs

Iraqi forces hunt for Saddam Hussein's former deputy: Sources

Egyptian Fighters Join The 'Lesser Jihad' in Syria

Convicted felon forced to wear Kurdish female dress

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Saudis deport 3 men for being 'too handsome' amid worries that women would get attracted

Apr 18, 2013

New York: Three men were deported out of Saudi Arabia as religious authorities deemed them "too handsome" amid worries that women would get attracted towards them.

According to Arabic language newspaper Elaph, sitting in the stands as delegates from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at the Jenadrivah Heritage and Cultural Festival in Riyadh on Sunday, nothing seemed to be wrong with the men in question but that didn't stop the mutaween, Saudi Arabia's religious police, from charging in and hauling the men away.

A festival official said that the men from UAE were taken out on the grounds that they were too handsome and the Commission members feared that female visitors could fall for them, the New York Post reported.

After being dragged out of the event by the Saudi authorities, they were subsequently deported back to the UAE. 

http://www.asianage.com/international/saudi-arabia-deports-3-men-being-too-handsome-255

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Delhi’s Madrasas Are All for English, Hard-Line Ideologies Obstruct the Process of Reform

By Neha Pushkarna in New Delhi

April 18, 2013

ROCKING back and forth, Class VI students at Madrasa Taleem- ul Quran in RK Puram memorise their English poems with the same rhythm as they read the tenets of Quran every morning.

Run by Haji Langa Trust, Taleem ul- Quran is first of the few madrasas to introduce English, science, mathematics and computer science along with their traditional curriculum.

However, more madrasas in the city are now keen to embrace modern education to give their students a chance to rise and shine in the mainstream.

According to a preliminary report prepared by Delhi Minorities Commission, 70 per cent of the madrasas surveyed by the panel want their curriculum to be modernised.

“Of the 417 madrasas that responded to the study, 314 said yes to modernisation. The study was carried out to know about the kind of education and infrastructure provided by the madrasas in the city.

Imparting modern education along with ‘ Dini Taleem’ ( religious lessons) will make it easier for the students to come into the mainstream. Even they should be able to join the IAS if they so like,” said Safdar H. Khan, chairperson, Delhi Minorities Commission.

The survey of was commissioned in July last year and the preliminary report was submitted to Khan on February 15. The final report will be submitted to chief minister Sheila Dikshit in June, following which the government is likely to decide the modalities for linking madrasas with Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

“Delhi does not have a madrasa board because of which such institutes in the city are not regulated.

Central funding of ` 300 crore is returned unused as madrasas in the city are run by individual trusts and societies except for Fatehpuri Masjid in Old Delhi, which gets a grant from the Waqf Board,” a government official said. He added that if all madrasas are recognised, the government can provide mid- day meals, uniforms and textbooks to students.

“It is about time that madrasa education is modernised. Unfortunately, a certain segment of the community, who favour hard-line ideologies, are obstructing the process of reform,” said Syed Babar Ashraf, national secretary of the All India Ulema Mashaik Board.

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The finding that 70 per cent of madrasas in Delhi are keen on including modern subjects in their curriculum is heartening. Besides benefitting students from an economic standpoint, such a change will help check the growth of fundamentalism in society. The onus is now on the authorities to set up a madrasa board which can provide the architecture for holistic education and facilitate proper disbursal of government funds

446 Number of madrasas approached 417 Number of madrasas that responded 314 Number of madrasas that said yes to modernisation 103 Number of madrasas that refused to go for modernisation 14,114 Number of students in madrasas in residential areas in non- residential areas 29,260

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Man attacked with knives, cops say inter-faith marriage may be motive

 Apr 18 2013

Panchkula : A 20-year-old Muslim youth who had married a Hindu girl was attacked by unknown persons on Wednesday afternoon, leaving him badly injured.

Identified as Alam Kadar, a UP resident, police officials said that he was seriously injured after being attacked by knives on Wednesday. He has been living near Industrial Area phase-I in a shanty. The boy was attacked by around 3-4 persons with knives near a temple in Baltana following which they fled from the spot. The boy had received several cuts on his body and was shifted to the PGI. According to sources, he was attacked at around 2.30 pm.

Deputy Commissioner of Police, (DCP), Panchkula, Ashwin Shenvi, said that the incident had occurred near a railway line due to which the GRP officials have been asked to investigate the matter.

Following the incident, the Panchkula Police informed Government Railway Police (GRP) officials, who took cognisance of the matter and a police official was dispatched to the PGI to record the statement of the boy. GRP officials said that they received the information late afternoon.

GRP officials said that the boy who was assaulted was not in a position to give his statement.

Police said that the boy was married to a UP girl, Suman, and the two had been living in Panchkula for quite some time. They had married a year ago and the family of the girl had reportedly opposed the marriage. Officials said that they are probing the role of family of the girl in the attack as the sister of the boy has alleged that among those who attacked him also include the family members of the girl.

Sources said that police is investigating whether the resistance put up by the girl’s family to the marriage had provoked the attack. The girl’s family had reportedly taken her away four days after the duo had contracted marriage. “We are trying to find out whether the boy had been receiving any threats from the family of the girl earlier,” said a police official.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/man-attacked-with-knives-cops-say-interfaith-marriage-may-be-motive/1104202/

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Death for Kodnani move to warn Advani, deflect Zakia?

TNN | Apr 18, 2013

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat government's clearance on Monday of the file put forth by the special investigations team that recommended death penalty for former minister Maya Kodnani, instead of a life term, in the Naroda Patia massacre of 2002 has brought about turmoil in the entire Sangh Parivar in Gujarat. The file had been submitted to the legal department in September 2012 and the timing is most discussed.

In an interview to BBC on January 28 this year, BJP president Rajnath Singh had said that Maya Kodnani is innocent and the party will fully support her in the legal battle. But the move on Monday against Kodnani is now being seen with suspicion by even Parivar insiders because Kodnani's loyalties lie with L K Advani.

Kodnani's parents, who have a strong Parivar background, had met RSS supremo Mohan Bhagwat in Ahmedabad last fortnight and requested him to use his good offices to help Kodnani. Many local RSS stalwarts had supported the impassioned plea from the family.

The timing of the clearance of the file is important as it comes seven months after the SIT submitted the report and deflects attention from Zakia Jafri protest petition against chief minister Narendra Modi with thousands of pages of wireless messages and call data record as evidence that Modi government knew about the violence in advance. Also, it comes on the heels of a section of the BJP and NDA favouring Advani as PM.

The change in government's stance is stark. In 2009, when Kodnani was granted bail and SIT wanted bail cancellation, the Modi government replied to SIT that Maya is innocent and denied permission. Even during trial, Kodnani was not arrested.

Kodnani was sentenced to 28 years in jail August 2012 with 30 others for their role in the Naroda Patiya massacre. Kodnani, a three-time Naroda MLA, was identified in the court by 11 survivors as a mob leader.

Kodnani, a gynaecologist inducted as minister of state for women and child development by Modi in 2007, is the first former minister to be found guilty in any case relating to the riots.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Death-for-Kodnani-move-to-warn-Advani-deflect-Zakia/articleshow/19607944.cms

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Gujarat HC grants temporary bail to Babu Bajrangi

PTI | Apr 18, 2013

AHMEDABAD: Gujarat high court today granted two days temporary bail to Babu Bajrangi, sentenced to life imprisonment in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case, as his wife is undergoing a surgery.

A division bench of Justices M R Shah and S H Vora allowed Bajrangi's plea, filed and argued by his son Viren Babubhai Patel. He would be out of jail on April 20 and 21.

A trial court had last year held Bajrangi guilty as the main conspirator of Naroda Patiya massacre, in which 97 people were killed.

Bajrangi's application said his wife Meena Patel had been diagnosed with a tumour in the uterus and she required a very risky operation which needed Bajrangi's signature of consent.

The prosecution opposed it, saying that other relatives could sign the consent form, but the court granted Bajrangi the relief. He would have a police escort, expenses of which he would bear.

His earlier plea in this regard had been rejected because the medical certificate submitted did not mention the date of the surgery.

Recently, the Gujarat state legal department approved the recommendation of the SIT to file an appeal in the High Court seeking death sentences to 10 convicts including former minister Maya Kodnani and Bajrangi in the case.

The HC bench today also granted temporary bail for a week to Pintu Jadeja, another convict of the Naroda Patiya case, who has got 24 years sentence. He had sought temporary release to arrange money for the treatment of his nephew, who is suffering from a serious malaria infection.

He has been asked to produce surety of Rs 10,000 and be present everyday at Naroda police station from April 19 to 25, while on temporary bail.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Gujarat-HC-grants-temporary-bail-to-Babu-Bajrangi/articleshow/19617112.cms

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LeT’s top militant Fahadullah arrested in Sopore

AHMED ALI FAYYAZ

Apr 18, 2013

One of the most dreaded Pakistani militants and Lashkar-e-Taiba’s “Divisional Commander” in North Kashmir, Qari Naveed alias Fahadullah of Multan, Pakistan, has been arrested in a joint operation by J&K Police and Rashtriya Rifles 22nd battalion in Sopore, in north Kashmir.

Highly placed official sources disclosed to The Hindu that on the basis of Fahadullah’s disclosures during sustained interrogation, Police and Army conducted a joint operation in Tarzoo outskirts of Sopore on Thursday. Even as one militant, Hilal Maulvi alias Khalid of Palhalan managed to escape, one local militant, Shabir Ahmad Sheikh alias Tameem alias Sufiyan of Palhalan, Pattan, was killed in the gunbattle.

Shabir was claimed to be the mastermind in killing of a Sarpanch, Ghulam Mohammad Itoo of his village, Palhalan, on September 10, 2012.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/lets-top-militant-fahadullah-arrested-in-sopore/article4630621.ece

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Owner of bike used in Bangalore blast traced, says Shinde

Apr 18, 2013

Investigators probing the Bangalore blast have tracked down the owner of the motorcycle where the bomb was planted but no one has been arrested so far in connection with Wednesday's explosion.

Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Thursday said that with the help of the Tamil Nadu Police, the first buyer of the motorcycle has been traced and then the second buyer and from there they traced the third person who bought the bike.

"So far, we have not come to any conclusion about the people behind yesterday's blast. Investigation is such a matter that we cannot say we can do within a definite period of time. But I assure the nation that we will book the culprits, we will book the perpetrators and we are on that way," he said at a press conference in New Delhi.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/karnataka/Owner-of-bike-used-in-Bangalore-blast-traced-says-Shinde/Article1-1046570.aspx

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Employer abandons 82 Indian workers in Riyadh

18 April 2013

Eighty-two Indians working for a private contracting firm in Riyadh have been left stranded without food and water after their employer reneged on paying their salaries for three months.

“The workers have no residency permits (Iqamas) and medical cards and are living in a cramped three-room apartment in a Riyadh suburb,” said Kummil Sudheer, president of Novodaya Riyadh, a local NGO, which has a mandate to serve needy Indian workers.

The firm, LWA & NIMA Contracting Company, has kept their passports and Iqamas, said Sudheer. He said a complaint has been lodged with the Indian Embassy. “The Indian mission is studying the case and is trying to find out how these workers landed in the Kingdom without valid employment contracts,” said Sibi George, while assuring the workers of the embassy's full support.

Full report at:http://www.arabnews.com/news/448583

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China’s aid to Tajikistan does not clash with India’s interests, says Ansari

VINAY KUMAR

April 18, 2013

‘We are not in competition with any country; aiding the nation in our own way’

Amid China’s growing influence on Tajikistan, Vice President Hamid Ansari, who concluded his “extremely productive” four-day visit to the Middle East nation on Wednesday, said India had no clash of interests with China.

Speaking to The Hindu on board Air India’s special plane, returning to New Delhi from Dushanbe, Mr. Ansari was replying to a question whether India was worried over the assistance China was providing Tajikistan.

Full report at:http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/chinas-aid-to-tajikistan-does-not-clash-with-indias-interests-says-ansari/article4627846.ece

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Pune court awards death to German Bakery blast convict Himayat Baig

 Apr 18 2013, 17:16 hrs

New Delhi : A court in Pune awarded death sentence to terror operative Mirza Himayat Inayat Baig in the German Bakery blast case.

Baig is the only person to have been arrested for the February 13, 2010 bombing in which 17 people were killed and 58 injured.

Baig was been found guilty under IPC Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder) 435 (mischief by explosive with intent to cause damage), 474 (possessing forged documents), 153A (promoting enmity between groups on grounds of religion), and various sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and Explosive Substances Act.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pune-court-awards-death-to-german-bakery-blast-convict-himayat-baig/1104397/

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Hyderabad blasts case cracked, Yasin Bhatkal of IM planted bombs: NIA

Apr 18 2013

New Delhi : The NIA on Wednesday claimed to have cracked the February 21 twin blasts in Hyderabad, identifying Indian Mujahideen (IM) leader Yasin Bhatkal as one of the persons who planted the bombs.

Citing CCTV footage as its main evidence, the NIA has claimed that Yasin Bhatkal is seen with a bag in his hand, which he reportedly planted near the bus stand in Dilsukhnagar.

The second bomb on a bicycle nearby is reported to have been planted by Asadullah Akhtar alias Haddi, a resident of Azamgarh who is absconding since 2008.

Full report at:http://www.indianexpress.com/news/im-behind-hyderabad-blasts-yasin-bhatkal-planted-bomb-says-nia/1104222/

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11 convicts of ’93 Mumbai blasts surrender

 Apr 18 2013

Mumbai : Eleven of the 46 convicts of the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts surrendered before the designated TADA court at 3 pm Wednesday to serve remainder of their sentences.

Convicted under TADA for aiding landing of arms and ammunition, detonators, hand grenades and RDX at Shekhadi Coast in Raigad district, they filed surrender affidavits before special judge G A Sanap.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/11-convicts-of-93-mumbai-blasts-surrender/1104171/

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Quake: PM writes to Pak, Iran leaders

Apr 18 2013

New Delhi : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday wrote to the Presidents of Pakistan and Iran condoling the loss of lives in the earthquake.

In a letter to President Asif Ali Zardari, Singh said, “I was deeply saddened to learn of the damage and loss of life caused in Pakistan following the earthquake that struck the eastern region of Iran yesterday.”

Full report at:http://www.indianexpress.com/news/quake-pm-writes-to-pak-iran-leaders/1104234/

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Early precedent in US, trend in India, do-it-yourself from Qaida

 Apr 18 2013

New Delhi: It is most frequently associated with the Mumbai train blasts of 2006, but had been in use for decades before that. The pressure-cooker bomb had been used in Varanasi earlier that year, in Delhi’s Sarojini Nagar in 2005, and in Kashmir before these attacks. Around the world, it had been used by terrorists in Afghanistan and Pakistan, by Maoists in Nepal, and once by a Croatian nationalist in the United States as far back as in 1976.

Full report at:http://www.indianexpress.com/news/early-precedent-in-us-trend-in-india-doityourself-from-qaida/1104125/

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'Indo-Pak relations might affect India's Afghan role'

 April 18, 2013

Asserting that India can play a huge role in Afghanistan, US Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged that because of the relationship between New Delhi and Islamabad it is "complicated circle" between the war-torn nation, Pakistan and India.

As such, ahead of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in 2014, the US would have to work diligently, Kerry said in response to a question from Indian-American Congressman Ami Bera on India's role in Afghanistan.

Full report at:http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/northamerica/Indo-Pak-relations-might-affect-India-s-Afghan-role/Article1-1046209.aspx

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Bihar Muslims accuse Nitish Kumar of doublespeak

IANS Patna, April 18, 2013

Many Muslims in Bihar are not impressed by chief minister Nitish Kumar's latest move to target Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his allegedly communal politics. It is mere "doublespeak", they say, and has little to do with secularism.

"After all, Nitish Kumar has been with the BJP for 17 long years. What happened to Muslims in Gujarat in 2002 is well documented, but all this while Nitish Kumar failed to criticise Modi and never demanded his sacking as chief minister. Suddenly, now, he questions Modi's secular credentials," says Irshadul Haque, a Dalit Muslim activist.

Full report at:http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/patna/Bihar-Muslims-accuse-Nitish-Kumar-of-doublespeak/Article1-1046336.aspx

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India airlifts military hospital to Tajikistan to strengthen geo-strategic footprint in Central Asia

Rajat Pandit, TNN | Apr 18, 2013

NEW DELHI: India has quietly airlifted a military hospital, with doctors, paramedics and equipment, to Tajikistan as part of the deepening "strategic partnership" with the energy-rich central Asian country that shares borders with Afghanistan, China, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

India already has over 100 Indian military personnel stationed at the Ayni airbase in Tajikistan, a country that also shares close proximity to Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), as a kind of a "military outpost". The new hospital will serve to further strengthen India's geo-strategic footprint in the crucial Central Asian region.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-airlifts-military-hospital-to-Tajikistan-to-strengthen-geo-strategic-footprint-in-Central-Asia/articleshow/19606798.cms

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Washington Imam marries gay Muslim couples despite backlash

18 April 2013

As more states in the U.S. legalize same-sex marriage, it is easy to forget that in many communities, such as the Islamic one, homosexuality is frowned upon.

The U.S. based Washington Post tells the story of Imam Daayiee Abdullah who is seeking to make a change.

The openly gay African-American convert to Islam quietly helps same-sex Muslim couples marry and keep the secret from their families.

Abdullah led a particularly sensitive marriage ceremony for a Muslim marrying his Quaker partner.

“We had to ask all our guests to do a social-media blackout of our wedding. No Facebook, no Twitter no Instagram,” said M.Q., the Muslim partner, “our relatives could be killed, their homes could be destroyed…if our wedding was on the internet.”

He is regarded as something of a hero within the local gay Muslim community.

“He has been immensely helpful for individuals who are trying to reconcile our sexuality with our faith,” said Faisal Alam, a Muslim activist formerly based in Washington, in an interview with the Washington Post.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/perspective/features/2013/04/18/Same-sex-marriage-and-the-Muslim-community-in-the-U-S-.html

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Boston's Largest Mosque: 'We're Bostonians -- We Mourn With The City'

04/16/2013

BOSTON -- Security officials at Boston's largest mosque requested police to guard its campus in the wake of Monday's deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon, a sobering reminder that Muslims in the U.S. often face threats after alleged terrorist attacks.

But if the pair of city police officers parked outside the mosque conveyed a message of heightened alert, workers inside the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center were too busy to notice. There, a small staff spent Tuesday morning working with religious leaders from various faiths across the city to launch an interfaith prayer event to memorialize the attack's victims, while offering city and state officials all the resources the mosque could muster.

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/16/boston-mosque_n_3093919.html

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US honours microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus with top award

April 18, 2013

WASHINGTON: The US Congress on Wednesday bestowed the country’s top civilian award on microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus, in a rousing show of support to a man who is under fire in his native Bangladesh.

Yunus, the founder of Grameen Bank which provides small loans to poor people usually excluded from the banking system, became the first Muslim to be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

Leaders of America’s two main parties took a break from a tense day for the ceremony in the rotunda under the US Capitol’s dome, where House Speaker John Boehner said he was presenting the award “with awe and gratitude.”

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/537203/us-honors-microloan-pioneer-yunus-with-top-award/

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FBI arrests suspect for sending ricin letter to Obama

 April 18, 2013

A Mississippi man was arrested on Wednesday, accused of sending letters to President Barack Obama and a senator that tested positive for poisonous ricin and set the nation's capital on edge a day after the Boston Marathon bombings. Paul Kevin Curtis, 45, was arrested at his apartment near the Tennessee state line east of Memphis, said FBI Special Agent in Charge Daniel McMullen. It wasn't immediately known where he was being held.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/worldsectionpage/chunk-ht-ui-worldsectionpage-

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CAIR Welcomes 20-Year Sentence for Ohio Mosque Arsonist

 17 April 2013

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/17/13) -- The nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today welcomed a 20-year jail sentence for the man who set fire to a Toledo, Ohio, mosque in September 2012 because he wanted to avenge the killings of American soldiers overseas.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said Randolph Linn, 52, of St. Joe, Ind., was also ordered to pay restitution of more than $1.4 million.

Full report at:

http://www.cair.com/press-center/press-releases/11840-cair-welcomes-20-year-sentence-for-ohio-mosque-arsonist.html

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Boston tragedy: St. Louis responds, offers interfaith prayers at local mosque

 17 April 2013

BY: ANGELA ATKINSON

After the tragic double bombing at the Boston Marathon, the whole country is on edge. President Barack Obama offered a cautious response to the blasts on Monday, “betraying no emotion,” according to Time.

“People have been wounded,” the president said. “Any event with multiple explosive devices — as this appears to be — is clearly an act of terror.”

“We will find out who did this; we’ll find out why they did this,” Obama continued. “Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”

USA Today reported Wednesday that a pressure cooker lid found near the scene of the bombing was part of one of the bombs. Pressure cookers are commonly-used items in bombs, and Afghan terrorist training camps often teach these methods, according to the Department of Homeland Security.

Full report at:

http://www.examiner.com/article/boston-tragedy-st-louis-responds-offers-interfaith-prayers-at-local-mosque

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Ask Senate to Drop Israel Visa Waiver Exemption Making U.S. Muslims 'Second-Class Citizens'

16 April 2013

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/15/13) -- The nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization today urged Americans who are concerned about equality under the law to contact their congressional representatives and ask them to drop a provision from the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2013 that would make American Muslims and Arab-Americans "second class citizens" who could legally be subject to Israel's policy of ethnic and religious profiling.

Full report at:

http://www.cair.com/action-alerts/11834-ask-senate-to-drop-israel-visa-waiver-exemption-making-u-s-muslims-second-class-citizens.html

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Indian-American comes to Boston blast victims aid

April 17, 2013

Indian-American orthopaedic surgeon Vivek Shah had a narrow escape in the twin blasts at the Boston Marathon but that did not stop him from rushing to the aid of several others wounded in the tragic incident that left three dead and injured over 170 people.

Recalling the horror of the blasts, Shah said he was just 25 yards away from the finish line of the 26.2-mile marathon when the first of the two bombs exploded to his left.

Hearing the loud bang, Shah said he was not sure "whether it was the fireworks gone bad or something that was supposed to happen," Shah was quoted as saying in a CNN report.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/worldsectionpage/chunk-ht-ui-worldsectionpage-

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US dealing with al-Qaeda element on Pakistani territory: Hagel

April 18, 2013

The United States is dealing with the al-Qaeda element on the Pakistan side of the border, US defence secretary Chuck Hagel conceded and acknowledged that its drone program has been pretty successful.

"Yes," Hagel told lawmakers when senator Lindsay Graham, asked on Thursday, "There is an al-Qaeda element on the Pakistan side of the border that we've been dealing with. Is that correct?"

"It has been yes," Hagel responded during a Congressional hearing when Graham said, "The drone program has been pretty successful".

Graham hoped the infrastructure put in place in Afghanistan by the US would not be dismantled post 2014.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/americas/US-dealing-with-al-Qaeda-element-on-Pakistani-territory-Hagel/Article1-1046235.aspx

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South Asia

 

Afghan City Mazar-i-Sharif’s Economic Success Extends to Its Sex Trade

By AZAM AHMED

2013/04/18

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan — This verdant town is home to some of Afghanistan’s greatest treasures: It is the birthplace of the celebrated poet Rumi, and the site of one of the country’s most storied mosques. It is the first Afghan city to have been connected with another country by rail.

Among all of Mazar’s distinctions is a more dubious one. It is also Afghanistan’s unofficial capital of prostitution — so much so that “going to Mazar” has become a byword for Afghan men looking to pay for sex.

Partly, the phenomenon is owed to the city’s culture, which is considerably more forgiving of vice than is the rest of the country. Alcohol, though still illegal, can be found without too much trouble. Women, largely confined to the home, can be seen socializing with men in Mazar’s public parks, a rare sight even in Kabul, the capital.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/18/world/asia/mazar-i-sharifs-economic-success-extends-

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Prospect of “radicalised, authoritarian” Maldives threatens all nations: former president Nasheed

By Minivan News | April 17th, 2013

Former President Mohamed Nasheed has spoken of the close relationship between climate change, human rights, and democracy during separate addresses to the Danish parliament and the University of Copenhagen this week.

Discussing concerns over political instability in the Maldives that have been raised by NGOs such as Amnesty Intentional since President Dr Mohamed Waheed came to power last year, Nasheed accused the current government of reversing “hard won freedoms” and awarding “Islamic extremists” with cabinet positions.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/prospect-of-%E2%80%9Cradicalised-authoritarian-maldives-threatens-all-nations-former-president-nasheed-56444

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Afghan Islamic Courts: A Pre-Taliban System with Post-2014 Potential?

By CASEY GARRET JOHNSON

2013/04/17

The American military has built much of its transition strategy in Afghanistan around establishing local police forces to help keep the peace. In recent months, much has been made about the rise of indigenous anti-insurgent forces, separate from the American-sponsored local police, in the historical Taliban strongholds of Ghazni and Kandahar Provinces. Implicit in the praise for these forces is that indigenous militias of this type represent a vital local vision for the future and a sustainable means of keeping the Taliban at bay after 2014.

Full report at:

http://atwar.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/17/afghan-islamic-courts-a-pre-taliban-system-with-post-2014-potential/

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Taliban vow revenge over Guantanamo shootings

April 18, 2013

KABUL: The Taliban on Thursday pledged to take revenge on US troops in Afghanistan after guards at Guantanamo prison fired non-lethal rounds at inmates to quell unrest.

Guards at the US-run prison in Cuba fired the rounds last Saturday to halt unrest as they relocated inmates into individual cells, US military officials said.

Officials met with resistance from some detainees as they moved inmates from communal housing to individual cells. No detainees were seriously injured, according to the officials.

Dozens of detainees are in the third month of a hunger strike at the prison.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2013/04/18/taliban-vow-revenge-over-guantanamo-shootings/

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Bilateral Ties: China to help Pakistan with anti-terror efforts

April 18, 2013

ISLAMABAD: In order to promote the strategic partnership between the neighbours, China offered special assistance to Pakistan with its counter-terrorism efforts.

While addressing the inauguration ceremony of ‘China Hall’, established at the newly-founded Strategic Studies Institute Islamabad (SSII), China’s ambassador to Pakistan, Liu Jian, said on Wednesday that his country’s commitment to the betterment of its neighbour remains steady.

China will seek solutions and policies based on national needs, he said.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/537130/bilateral-ties-china-to-help-pakistan-with-anti-terror-efforts/

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Hearing on Sayedee, govt pleas May 2

April 18, 2013

The Supreme Court on Thursday fixed May 2 for starting the hearing on appeals filed by the government and Jamaat leader Delawar Hossain Sayedee against a war crimes trial verdict.

On February 28, the International Crimes Tribunal-1, set up to deal with the crimes against humanity cases, handed down death sentence to Sayedee on two wartime offences out of eight.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/hearing-on-sayedee-govt-pleas-may-2/

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462 killed by law enforcers in four years: Rights bodies

April 18, 2013

Around 462 people were allegedly killed by law enforcement agencies in the last four years from January 2009 to September 2012, speakers said at a press meet yesterday, citing newspaper reports and records of Ain o Salish Kendra.

Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, however, they said, denied the allegations at a session with civil society and human rights organisations on January 16 and claimed that no extra-judicial killings took place in the last four years.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/news/462-killed-by-law-enforcers-in-four-years-rights-bodies/

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Saudi Government agrees to repatriate Lankan overstayers without penalties

 18 April 2013

The Saudi government has agreed to repatriate a group of illegal Sri Lankans, who had been residing under the Sharafiya Bridge in Jeddah, Atham Bawa Uthuma Lebbe, the Sri Lankan consul general, told Arab News yesterday.

Lebbe stated that the agreement was reached on Tuesday following a meeting with Ahmad Mohammad Tayeb, the director general at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Around 500 Sri Lankan workers have sought refuge at the consulate, requesting the mission to cover their travel expenses back home.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/448570

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Pakistan

 

Jets pound militant hideouts in Orakzai tribal region

Zahir Shah Sherazi

 Apr 18 2013

PESHAWAR: Pakistan’s military fighter jets bombed suspected militants hideouts in Orakzai tribal region killing eight persons and destroying three militant hideouts.

Jet fighters of the Pakistani Air Force targeted different hideouts, in Bootakhel area of Orakzai tribal regions Mamozai area, completely destroying them, according to local political admis sources.

http://dawn.com/2013/04/18/jets-pound-militant-hideouts-in-orakzai-tribal-region/

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Pakistan Ulema Council to issue fatwa in favour of voting

April 18, 2013

LAHORE: The ‘National Solidarity Conference’ will be held on April 25 in Islamabad, with the objective of analysing the law & order situation in the country and strategising a solution, Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) Chairman Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi told journalists here on Wednesday.

He said the Council would issue a fatwa (religious edict) over the status of casting a vote.

“Fire has engulfed all areas from Karachi to Khyber and in order to extinguish this fire all religious and political forces must jump into the field,” Hafiz Tahir Ashrafi remarked.

Full report at:

http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\04\18\story_18-4-2013_pg7_21

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Dedicated police help-line to be started for kidnapping for ransom, extortion

 April 18, 2013

LAHORE: A special helpline will be set up for people to provide the police information on crimes like extortion and kidnapping for ransom and persons suspected of terrorism, Caretaker Chief Minister Najam Sethi told in a meeting at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat on Wednesday.

He directed police to set up the helpline on priority basis and submit a report to him in this regard. Modern technology should be used to improve the law and order situation, he said.

He hoped that the helpline would allow people to give information regarding the occurrence of crimes without any repercussions as it would protect their identity, he said.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/537023/taking-care-dedicated-police-help-line-to-be-started-for-kidnapping-for-ransom-extortion/

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Musharraf becomes the butt of twitterati's jokes after he flees court

 April 18, 2013

Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf became a twitter trend on Thursday after he fled from the premises of the Islamabad high court after his bail application in the judges detention case was cancelled.

Local TV broadcast footage of the dramatic scene in which Musharraf jumped into a black SUV and escaped as a member of his security team hung to the side of the vehicle.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/newdelhi/Musharraf-becomes-the-butt-of-twitterati-s-jokes-after-he-flees-court/Article1-1046330.aspx

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Musharraf hides at home after fleeing Islamabad high court

IANS | Apr 18, 2013

ISLAMABAD: In a day of high drama, former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf fled from the Islamabad high court on Thursday after it had ordered his arrest in a 2007 case and remained closeted in his farmhouse with police blocking access to it.

The Islamabad high court dismissed Musharraf's interim bail extension plea and ordered his arrest in the case related to the detention of senior judges, Geo News reported.

Accompanied by his guards, Musharraf, 69, appeared before the court to seek an extension in his bail. However, the court dismissed his plea and ordered his arrest.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Musharraf-hides-at-home-after-fleeing-Islamabad-high-court/articleshow/19616754.cms

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Zardari in PoK; rakes up Afzal Guru's execution

April 17, 2013

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday raked up the execution of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in his address to the joint session of the legislature of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

He also threatened that Pakistan will continue to highlight the Kashmir "cause" at international forums.

"The hanging of Afzal Guru through the abuse of judicial process has further aggravated and angered the people of Kashmir," he said.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/pakistan/Zardari-in-PoK-rakes-up-Afzal-Guru-s-execution/Article1-1045992.aspx

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One dead, 20 injured in NW clash: hospital

April 18, 2013

MIRANSHAH: At least one person was killed and 20 others wounded on Wednesday when the Pakistani army and Taliban militants exchanged fire near the Afghan border, an official said. The clash erupted in Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan tribal district which borders Afghanistan and is infiltrated by Taliban and al Qaeda led militants. “Twenty people were injured and one was killed during the clash between the army and militants,” Dr Niaz Ahmed, from the main Miranshah hospital, told AFP. The violence began just before sunset when militants started firing at army troops during which a local grocery trader was killed in the cross-fire, said an AFP journalist who lives in the area. The 20 injured were all civilians, including two daughters of the AFP correspondent who were hit by shrapnel after a mortar shell landed inside their house. Both sides continued firing for two hours and the clash ended only after civilians urged a ceasefire, using loudspeakers from nearby mosques, so that they could take the injured to hospital.

http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\04\18\story_18-4-2013_pg7_9

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Govt won’t let terrorists sabotage elections

April 18, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The caretaker government will not let the miscreants and terrorists sabotage the elections, which will be held as per their schedule, Information Minister Arif Nizami said on Wednesday.

Briefing the media about the federal cabinet, presided over by Caretaker Prime Minister Justice (r) Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, the interior minister told newsmen that the mandate of the caretaker government is to conduct free and fair elections and all possible efforts would be taken in this regard. About provision of security to the political leadership, Nizami said that it had not been withdrawn at all but lowered on the orders of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP). “We cannot issue directives to the ECP,” Nizami replied to a query about security to the political leadership.

Full report at:

http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\04\18\story_18-4-2013_pg7_15

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Pakistani Hindus in India protest 'atrocities'

Agence France-Presse

April 17, 2013

A group of Hindus who travelled to India from Pakistan staged a rally at the United Nations office in New Delhi on Wednesday against alleged persecution in the Islamic republic.

The right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP, World Hindu Forum), which organised the rally, said protesters will not return home due to "atrocities" against Hindus in Muslim-majority Pakistan.

"We have appealed through the UN that Hindus in Pakistan should be allowed to live with dignity and those who have left the country due to atrocities must be given proper rights wherever they are," VHP spokesman Vinod Bansal said.

Full report at:

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130417/pakistani-hindus-india-protest-atrocities

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 ‘Extremism greatest challenge to Pakistan’s progress’: Minister

April 18, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Law, Justice and Human Rights, Ahmer Bilal Soofi on Wednesday said the insurgency in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is a war waged against the state of Pakistan.

“The issue is not regime specific, but state specific and must be addressed as such. Muslim scholars must incorporate contemporary debates in their teaching curricula,” he said while speaking as chief guest at Jinnah Institute’s annual report launch for the publication titled ‘Extremism Watch: Mapping Conflict Trends in Pakistan 2011-2012’.

Full report at:

http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\04\18\story_18-4-2013_pg7_23

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Transgender candidates stake claim in Pakistan vote

 April 18, 2013

SUKKUR: Stereotyped as dancers, beggars and prostitutes, Pakistan’s vibrant but shunned transgender community is striking out into politics with individuals contesting elections for the first time.

They may only be seven out of 23,000 candidates with little chance of getting elected, but they have livened up an otherwise lacklustre campaign and set an important marker for their rights in the country.

“People don’t believe we can be corrupt because we don’t have children and families,” says independent candidate Sanam Faqeer in Sukkur.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/537219/transgender-candidates-stake-claim-in-pakistan-vote/

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Africa

 

Nigerian Christian group threatens retaliation over Islamist attacks

Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta says it will launch terror campaign 'in defence of Christianity'

Afua Hirsch, west Africa correspondent

16 April 2013

Nigeria could face a battle between rival terrorist groups after Christian militants threatened to attack Muslim targets in response to bombings carried out by the Islamist group Boko Haram.

The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (Mend), the umbrella body of armed groups in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta, said it would launch a new terror campaign "in defence of Christianity".

"The bombings of mosques, hajj camps, Islamic institutions, large congregations in Islamic events and assassinations of clerics that propagate doctrines of hate will form the core mission of this crusade," the Mend spokesman Jomo Gbomo said in an emailed statement.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/16/nigerian-christian-retaliation-islamist-attacks

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Mideast Asia

 

‘Iranian govt has issued 50,000 visas to Pakistanis in the past few months’

April 18, 2013

KARACHI: The Iranian government has issued 50,000 visas to Pakistanis in the past few months, said the consul-general of Iran, Mehdi Subhani, while meeting the caretaker chief minister, Justice (Retd) Zahid Kurban Alavi, at Chief Minister House on Wednesday.

The chief minister expressed grief over the people who lost their lives in Iran in the earthquake that occurred on Tuesday. “We are with the people of Iran in these testing times,” he said, while extending assistance to consul-general Subhani on behalf of the Sindh government.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/536955/iranian-govt-has-issued-50000-visas-to-pakistanis-in-the-past-few-months/

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We can block arms to Syrian rebels: Israeli PM

AFP | Apr 18, 2013

JERUSALEM: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged caution over international calls to arm Syrian rebels and reserved the right for Israel to block the supply of weapons that could be turned against it.

In an interview with the BBC broadcast on Thursday, the Israeli prime minister said if advanced arms fell into the hands of Islamist militants it could redefine regional security threats.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/We-can-block-arms-to-Syrian-rebels-Israeli-PM/articleshow/19616290.cms

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Iran boosts its nuclear technology, installs 600 high-tech centrifuges

AP | Apr 17, 2013

VIENNA: Technicians upgrading Iran's main uranium enrichment facility have tripled their installations of high-tech machines that could be used in a nuclear weapons program to more than 600 in the last three months, diplomats said Wednesday.

They say the machines are not yet producing enriched uranium and some may be only partially installed. Still the move is the latest sign that 10 years of diplomatic efforts have failed to persuade Tehran to curb its uranium enrichment. Instead, Iran continues to increase its capacities.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iran-boosts-its-nuclear-technology-installs-600-high-tech-centrifuges/articleshow/19600327.cms

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Palestinian museum showcases prisoner misery

Abu Jihad Museum highlights woes of inmates - past and present - as Palestinians mark Prisoners' Day.

Dalia Hatuqa

17 Apr 2013

Abu Dis, West Bank - Several mammoth slabs of concrete and a metal gate - a miniature replica of the Israeli separation wall - greet visitors to the Abu Jihad Museum for Prisoners Affairs.

Step inside and you're immediately met with metal bars and pictures of Palestinian detainees in tents waving across coils of barbed wire, and a map outlining all Israeli prisons and detention and interrogation centres where Palestinians are held and questioned.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/04/201341775334107756.html

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Iranian leader steers clear of talking uranium in Niger

April 18, 2013

NIAMEY: The leaders of Iran and Niger on Tuesday said they had engaged in “fruitful” discussions but had not talked about uranium during Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s two-day visit to the world’s fourth-largest uranium producer.

“Niger is a uranium producer, but as surprising as it may sound to you, we did not touch upon that,” Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou said during a press conference in Niamey. “The specific question of uranium has not been discussed.” Western powers suspect Tehran of covertly developing the capacity to produce a nuclear bomb, but Iran denies this and says its programme is for energy and medical purposes.

Full report at:

http://dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2013\04\18\story_18-4-2013_pg14_1

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Southeast Asia

 

Headmaster Drinks Poison After 14 Students Accuse Him of Sexual Assault

Jakarta Globe | April 18, 2013

A headmaster of a junior high school in Batam, Riau Island, attempted suicide by drinking pesticide in his house on Wednesday after being named a rape suspect.

“He was depressed because of the molestation case,” Ardi Wiranata, spokesman of Batam government, told Metrotv.com on Wednesday.

Herizon, the former principal of SMP 28 in Batam, was admitted to the intensive care unit of Awal Bross Batam Hospital on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/headmaster-drinks-poison-after-14-students-accuse-him-of-sexual-assault/586527

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Police Arrest University Students Allegedly Involved In Ambon Bombing

Farouk Arnaz | April 18, 2013

Maluku police arrested two university students allegedly responsible for setting off a pipe bomb in Ambon on April 6.

“This is not an act of terrorism. The incident was triggered by their dissatisfaction with the service provided by a prostitute. ... We are still investigating where they got the bomb from,” National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto said on Thursday.

Agus said the two suspects, Muhammad Malawat and Taufik S., were arrested on Tuesday. They are both students at Pattimura University in Ambon.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/police-arrest-university-students-allegedly-involved-in-ambon-bombing/586540

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CIMB Islamic views RI as prime market

 April 17 2013

CIMB Islamic has named Indonesia as the market with the most potential for its sharia banking due to the country’s large Muslim population, and is therefore, expecting the country to contribute 30 percent to overall business by 2015.

CIMB Islamic is the Islamic banking unit of the CIMB Group, the Malaysian-based bank franchise that provides both conventional and sharia banking services.

CIMB Group operates in Indonesia through its local arm, CIMB Niaga, which similarly provides conventional services and Islamic banking services via CIMB Niaga Syariah.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2013/04/17/cimb-islamic-views-ri-prime-market.html

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Help me if you love me, Najib tells civil servants

April 18, 2013

PUTRAJAYA, April 18 — Civil servants were today asked by Datuk Seri Najib Razak to help him win Election 2013 as he launched an affordable housing project exclusively for residents here.

The Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman also took a dig at Datuk Husam Musa as the PAS candidate for Putrajaya seeks to canvass votes from civil servants since his candidacy was announced last week.

“I have never forgotten the deeds of civil servants ... If you love me, help me soon,” Najib told a packed auditorium in The Everly hotel here as the crowd held up “I love PM” signs.

Najib was launching the 1 Malaysia civil servants housing project (PPA1M), which offers 10,336 units of 1,000 to 1,500 square feet housing priced between RM150,000 and RM300,000.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/help-me-if-you-love-me-najib-tells-civil-servants/

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‘Stranded’ Filipinos in Jeddah seek speedy exit

 18 April 2013

Several philanthropists, including Saudi nationals and Western expatriates, are turning out in large numbers to provide aid to 'undocumented' Filipinos who have set up makeshift camps in Jeddah.

The show of support follows a report in Arab News a few days ago that highlighted their plight.

Witnesses said nearly 100 undocumented Filipino overseas foreign workers (OFWs) are gathering daily at the Philippine Consulate in Jeddah, where they live in makeshift camps adjacent to the mission.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/448589

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Europe

 

Bangladeshi farm workers in Greece shot at for demanding wages, dozens injured

AFP | Apr 18, 2013

PATRAS (GREECE): Two men have been arrested in Greece after foremen for strawberry growers allegedly shot and wounded 27 migrant labourers demanding long-overdue pay, police said on Thursday.

The migrants, mainly from Bangladesh, were hospitalized in the western port of Patras and other areas with gunshot wounds after allegedly being fired upon late on Wednesday by three foremen for the growers in the village of Manolada, one of the main areas of strawberry production in Greece, local police said.

A 57-year-old landowner was arrested as a "moral instigator" of the alleged shootings, as was another man for sheltering two of the presumed perpetrators overnight, police said.

The migrants had been working in local fields, some without being paid for the past six months, the police said. Around 200 of them went to demand their money on Wednesday when they were fired upon.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Bangladeshi-farm-workers-in-Greece-shot-at-for-demanding-wages-dozens-injured/articleshow/19616374.cms?

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4 UK men jailed for discussing acts of terrorism

AP | Apr 18, 2013

LONDON: Four men were jailed in Britain today for discussing terrorist attacks, including plans to blow up an army reserve center using a bomb-laden toy car.

Zahid Iqbal, Mohammed Sharfaraz Ahmed, Umar Arshad and Syed Farhan Hussain aged between 22 and 31 pleaded guilty in March to engaging in conduct in preparation for acts of terrorism between January 2011 and April 2012.

Prosecutors said the Britons downloaded files containing instructions for an attack, bought survival equipment and collected money for terrorist purposes. They also admitted "facilitating, planning and encouraging" overseas travel for terrorist purposes.

 Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/4-UK-men-jailed-for-discussing-acts-of-terrorism/articleshow/19615846.cms

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Most Pakistanis favour Islam over Western democracy: Poll

April 18, 2013

Some 71 percent of respondents to a recent opinion poll in Pakistan have favoured Islamic law over Western democracy ahead of the upcoming elections.

The poll, conducted by the British Council between March 11 and 14, 2013, was based on interviews with 5,271 Pakistani adults and its results were released on April 3, 2013.

According to the survey, 28 percent of the respondents said they favoured democracy and the remaining 1 percent had no idea.

Full report at:

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/04/17/298837/most-pakistanis-favor-islam-poll/

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Arab World

 

Syrian Rebel Council to Impose Moderate Sharia Across Territory

Aims to Counter More Harsh Brands Imposed by Other Factions

Jason Ditz

 April 17, 2013

When Syria’s rebels take over a town, it means the imposition of Sharia law on the public. But what exactly Sharia law is differs wildly across the Sunni spectrum, and different Islamist rebel factions are imposing their own conflicting brands across the region.

The rebel Syrian National Council, itself dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood in no small measure, has announced that it intends to establish a more specific, more moderate version of Sharia backed by Syrian Islamic scholars, with an eye toward standardizing religious law in rebel-held Syria.

Full report at:

http://news.antiwar.com/2013/04/17/syrian-rebel-council-to-impose-moderate-sharia-across-territory/

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U A E breaks up 'al-Qaida cell' of 7 Arabs plotting attacks in the Gulf state

AFP | Apr 18, 2013

DUBAI: Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have broken up an al-Qaida cell comprising seven Arabs who were plotting attacks in the Gulf state, an official statement said on Thursday.

The cell was "plotting acts that would have harmed the security of the country, its citizens and foreign residents," said the statement carried by WAM state news agency.

The group was also involved in "recruiting people" for al-Qaida and providing the jihadist organisation with "money and logistic support," the statement said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/United-Arab-Emirates-breaks-up-al-Qaida-cell-of-7-Arabs/articleshow/19611760.cms

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West will pay for supporting al-Qaida in Syria: Syrian President Assad

AP | Apr 18, 2013

BEIRUT: Syria's president accused the West on Wednesday of backing al-Qaida in his country's civil war, warning it will pay a price "in the heart" of Europe and the United States as the terror network becomes emboldened.

Bashar Assad also lashed out at Jordan for allowing "thousands" of fighters to enter Syria through its borders.

The rare TV interview comes as the embattled president's military is fighting to reverse rebel advances, with a rocket attack killing at least 12 people in a central village on Wednesday.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/West-will-pay-for-supporting-al-Qaida-in-Syria-Syrian-President-Assad/articleshow/19604503.cms

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Taliban in Qatar see no early peace talks with US: Sources

 April 18, 2013

DOHA / KABUL: Taliban leaders living in Qatar have held no Afghanistan peace talks with US officials in the Gulf state for more than a year and see no prospect of any soon, Taliban sources say.

A team of envoys from the insurgent group flew to Qatar in early 2012 to open talks with the US government, which has laid a greater emphasis on negotiations before a handover of security to Afghan forces in 2014.

Among the most prominent members of the delegation in Doha is Tayeb Agha, the former chief of staff to the Taliban’s reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar.

But more than a year later, the negotiations held in March 2012 have not been followed by further meetings, Taliban sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/537224/taliban-in-qatar-see-no-early-peace-talks-with-us-sources/

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Syria crisis: rebels capture parts of army base in Homs

April 18, 2013

Syrian rebels captured large parts of a military base in the strategic central Homs province on Thursday in an attempt to expand territory under their control near the Lebanese border, activists said.

The latest rebel advances came a day after President Bashar-al-Assad accused the West of backing al-Qaida in Syria’s 2-year-old conflict and warned that it will pay a price “in the heart” of Europe and the United States as the terror network becomes emboldened. In a rare TV interview, Mr Assad also lashed out at Jordan for allowing “thousands” of fighters to enter Syria to fight in the civil war.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/world/syria-crisis-rebels-capture-parts-of-army-base-in-homs/article4630027.ece

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Iraqi forces hunt for Saddam Hussein's former deputy: Sources

Reuters | Apr 18, 2013

BAGHDAD: Iraqi special forces were hunting in a western province for the most senior member of Saddam Hussein's inner circle who has been on the run since the 2003 invasion, security sources said on Thursday.

Troops were searching for Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, head of Saddam's now-outlawed Baath party, in Dour, near the former ruler's hometown of Tikrit, 150 km (95 miles) north of Baghdad.

"We have strong information that he is in Dour since last night, now we have closed the area, announced a curfew and are searching house by house," said one senior security officer involved in the operation.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Iraqi-forces-hunt-for-Saddam-Husseins-former-deputy-Sources/articleshow/19612963.cms

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Egyptian Fighters Join The 'Lesser Jihad' in Syria

By: Mohamed Fadel Fahmy

April 18, 2013

Fighters from across the globe have joined the war against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, including hundreds of Egyptians who have completed their engagement in their own revolution and turned toward the “holy war” in Syria.

The argument that people who join jihadist organizations are impoverished or uneducated does not apply to Abu Rami, 37, an Egyptian jihadist and father of two children who is a graduate student in Islamic Shariah. He has been back and forth between Syria and Egypt four times in the past year alone. Abu Rami has gained the confidence of the Syrian Revolutionary Security Association, which has taken over law enforcement roles in liberated areas in Syria. Full report at:

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/04/egyptians-lesser-jihad-syria-fighting.html#ixzz2QnDwTIMn

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Convicted felon forced to wear Kurdish female dress

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Security forces in Iran’s Kurdish province punished a criminal by forcing him to wear the feminine traditional Kurdish outfit in public in a bid to humiliate him, a local news agency said Wednesday.

The NNSROJ Kurdish news agency in Iran said the convict was obliged to tour the city streets while wearing the dress after a court verdict was issued hours earlier.

Hundreds of Iranian women in the city of Marivan marched to protest the decision they described as a disgraceful act by Iranian security forces.

“This means of punishment is degrading to women in general and specifically Kurdish women,” one of them said.

Full report at:

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/04/17/Iranian-verdict-sparks-rage-among-Kurdish-feminist-movements-.html

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URL: http://newageislam.com/islamic-world-news/new-age-islam-news-bureau/saudis-deport-3-men-for-being--too-handsome--amid-worries-that-women-would-get-attracted/d/11202

 

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  • 1 .
    It is unfortunate for Bihar Muslims to not support Nitish. They should come out of the mirage that Congress will ever be back in Bihar and as for Lalu, he is now a spent force. Nitish may have been with BJP but now he is mending his ways. It is basically unbelievable that Muslims of Bihar are not impressed by Nitish model of inclusive governance and have not benefitted from the fastest growing economy in the country as seen in Bihar. Most likely, this news is planted but not by BJP but by some mischevious Muslim by to keep BJP under false hope that things will turn out better for them if Muslims do not support Nitish and Nitish will realise his mistake. Bihari Muslims are from the land of Chanakya and they want to hit at BJP so hard that they may not be able to ask even water. 
    By sadaf 18/04/2013 12:06:29