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Sheikh Attacks Boko Haram, Says its Ideology Forbidden In Islam, “Boko Haram Are Haram”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo: Sheikh Bilal Philips attacks Boko Haram, says its ideology forbidden in Islam

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Africa

Sheikh Attacks Boko Haram, Says its Ideology Forbidden In Islam, “Boko Haram Are Haram”

Ousted Libyan PM flees country after tanker escapes rebel-held port

Nigerian Muslims and Christians in joint prayers to defeat Boko Haram

Maghreb Jihadists Killed in Mali Airstrike

President Koroma Calls on Muslims to Sustain Religious Tolerance

Tunisia imam arrest sparks fears on preaching curbs

 

Arab World

‘Sectarian’ Iraqi govt must first put its house in order: Saudi Arabia

Islamist militants, local men said to kill 22 in Syrian village

Scholars at Abu Dhabi peace conference discuss true meaning of jihad

Tripoli mufti missing as tensions with Salafists on the rise

Army chief El-Sisi arrives in UAE for joint military training

Al Qaeda hijacks spirit of Syria revolt three years on

Iraq warns Syria war violence could spread to West

Egypt's Moussa: political future possible for Brotherhood

Jarba calls for Syria opposition seat in Arab League

Program uses electronic devices to help students memorize the Qur’an

Oman alleges against Bangladeshi expats

Plight of Syrian refugees focus of Cairo conference

 

Pakistan

Entire Nation to fight Taliban, if dialogue failed: Imran

Operation underway despite ceasefire: Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan

Al Qaeda convict flew from Pakistan into Britain wearing shoe-bomb

Gun and grenade feud kills 14 in Pakistan's Karachi

28 religious, political parties hail Taliban-govt talks

Two, including FC man, killed in Bannu firing

 

Europe

Militant website calls for attacks on France, Hollande

Save our sons from jihad, Muslim parents beg British police

Russia agrees to build at least two more nuclear plants, says Iran

Caucasian Muslim leader calls for Muslim consolidation

Azerbaijani, Turkish Diasporas hold rally in Stockholm

Algeria religious affairs minister's headscarf comments slammed

European court upholds EU sanctions on Assad's sister

France opens manslaughter probe over lost Malaysian jet

 

South Asia

“Falsified” accounts by international community undermining judiciary: Maldives CJ

Attackers termed grenades ‘snacks’ for Hasina

Three insurgents killed in shootout in Afghanistan: police

Myanmar gov't denies that it massacred Muslims

 

India

Narrow miss for AI flight as Karachi ATC gives wrong frequency

Teesta a thorn in Indo-Bangla ties

Syed Ahmed Bukhari Shahi imam of Jama Masjid, Delhi Offers Support to BSP, But Minus NDA

 

Mideast

Yemen’s atheists, banned by Islamic law, find safe haven online

Jewish extremists carry ‘price attack’ in Arab town

Desmond Tutu: Israel guilty of apartheid in treatment of Palestinians

Hamas official: Heart of Israel will be the target in future war

Increasing number of young cafe lovers signals more social freedom in Iran

 

North America

US General proposes Israel defend Jordan, Egypt with anti-missile system

FIU's Muslim Students Found a Listening Device in a Campus Prayer Room

Orthodox brothers from NY admit guilt in violent Jewish divorce scheme

 

Southeast Asia

In search of the great house of Indonesian Muslims

Christians, minorities UNDER THREAT in Sunni Malaysia, Suaram & Aliran tell UNTED NATIONS

PKR says Kajang move reduced racial and religious tension in Selangor

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Africa

 

Sheikh Attacks Boko Haram, Says its Ideology Forbidden In Islam, “Boko Haram Are Haram”

March 12, 2014

A renowned Islamic scholar, Bilal Philips, has condemned the extremist group, Boko Haram, saying contrary to the group’s claim of being against western education; it is the sect’s logic and reasoning that is forbidden in the eyes of Islam.

Mr. Philips described the insurgent group as being Haram themselves. “Boko Haram are Haram,” he said.

The word Haram is an Arabic word for “forbidden”, and Boko Haram which has killed thousands mainly in northern Nigeria since 2009, has as its central belief that the acquisition of western education is forbidden.

Mr. Philips, who delivered a lecture Sunday in Abuja under the theme: The Prophet; the ideal role model for all time, stated that members of the sect are ignorant of Islam.

“You cannot kill innocent kids at school and claim to be Muslims, this has driven you out of Islam because your action is an act of disbelief in itself,” he said.

The scholar said members of the sect have no conscience and it is only ignorance of Islam that will allow them “do these kinds of atrocity”.

He said Muslims are expected to oppose policies only through peaceful constitutional means by bringing their view point to relevant organs of government through their trusted representatives.

He stated that Prophet Muhammad always preached peace and only fought when necessary and often times to bring peace to the community.

The moral message of Prophet Muhammad

Mr. Philips said Prophet Muhammad represented a blessing to Muslims. He said the greatness of Islam lies in its message to human kind, arguing however that the moral message of the Prophet has been greatly undermined.

“The moral foundation of civilization is shaking, Islam enjoins all Muslims to stand firm on their moral foundation as prescribed in the Quran and exemplified by the prophet,” he said.

He advised Muslims to hold unto the Islamic morality. He said democracy as advocated in many countries today allows for majority view, saying however that since the majority decide what is acceptable, morals tend to change based on the view of the people at any given time.

He said morality is law now which leads to moral chaos in the world. On the other hand, he said Islam stands by the moral principles set by the prophet.

The scholar gave example with the ongoing debate about homosexuality and how views about it have changed over time. He said homosexuality was considered a sickness by psychiatrist in the west.

“40 years ago, the average westerner would have told you that homosexuality is nasty, evil, and that even the Holy Bible consider it an abomination unto The Lord.

“By late 70s, the tables have turned and the concept was removed from the psychiatrist bible, homosexuality is now considered an alternative lifestyle, and whoever opposes it is the one now described as being sick,” he said.

He said homosexuality is now replaced with homophobia, adding that in many countries of the west today, fornication, adultery and even incest are decriminalized and they are not considered as crime.

He added that morality has now become subjected to democracy.

“Democracy has a lot of benefit because it allows for majority views, but when it infringes on what is right or wrong, it becomes a problem,” he said.

Mr. Philips said the message of Islam as propounded by the prophet is fundamentally a moral message. He stated that the message of Islam is that whoever killed a human being must be killed in order to avoid further killing, adding however that Islam forbids killing of animals for sport.

The scholar advised Muslims to be open. He said the five pillars of Islam- Shahadah, Salat, fasting, hajj and Zakat- we’re essentially for the benefit of human kind.

He urged Muslims to share knowledge and live exemplary lives because they will be called to account.

Quoting from the Quran and Hadith, Mr. Philips said Allah will place a brick from hell fire over any Muslim that hides knowledge. “Muslims are obliged to inform others about Islam,” he said.

The rise of Islam

Mr. Philips called on Muslims not to “feel bad, give up hope or despair” he said the apparent on going media war against the religion is a sign that Islam is on the rise.

“The prophet faced all sorts of opposition but he did not give up. Forty years ago, Islam is not mentioned in the media, so talking about it constantly is a good sign,” he said.

He said Muslims will continue to succeed as long as they follow the path of the prophet.

“Islam is a living faith, not just a set of norms and rituals,” he said.

http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/156437-sheikh-bilal-philips-attacks-boko-haram-says-its-ideology-forbidden-in-islam.html

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Ousted Libyan PM flees country after tanker escapes rebel-held port

World Bulletin/News Desk

March 12, 2014

 Former Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan has fled to Europe after parliament voted him out of office on Tuesday over his failure to stop rebels exporting oil independently in a brazen challenge to the nation's fragile unity.

Zeidan was in Malta for two hours late on Tuesday on a refuelling stop before going to "another European country", Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told state-owned television TVM. But no European government had confirmed his arrival by late morning on Wednesday.

The standoff over control of oil exports threatens to deepen dangerous regional and tribal faultlines in Libya where rival militias with powerbases in the east and west back competing political factions in the transitional government.

Western powers fear the OPEC member state could slide into greater instability or even break apart.

Parliament acted after rebels holding three key ports in the east disobeyed government orders and loaded a North Korean-flagged tanker with oil as part of their drive for autonomy.

Although Zeidan had threatened to use force to stop the vessel leaving, the tanker managed to reach international waters, undermining Zeidan's credibility.

Malta's Muscat said he spoke briefly to Zeidan, who lived for many years in Germany before the 2011 uprising encouraged exiles like him to return to a North African country still struggling to shake off four decades of Gaddafi's one-man rule.

Libya's state prosecutor Abdel-Qader Radwan had issued a travel ban on Zeidan because he faces an investigation over alleged irregularities involving misuse of state funds.

The General National Congress (GNC), Libya's transitional assembly, agreed Defence Minister Abdallah al-Thinni would be acting prime minister for two weeks. Deputies plan to pick another replacement in the interim ahead of a parliamentary vote expected later this year.

Whoever is chosen will face the difficult task of trying to unite and lead a country deeply divided along tribal, regional and political lines, and where Islamists oppose more liberal leaders such as Zeidan.

"We are new to this political game. We are still learning," said Salah Elbakhoush, a Tripoli-based political analyst.

"But we hope that there will be an improvement after Zeidan left," he said.

NO ARMY, NO CREDIBILITY

Libya has no effective army, police or political institutions, and the government is in danger of running out of money because the rebel activity at oilfields and ports have dried up vital oil revenue. Oil output has fallen to a trickle.

Clashes broke out on Tuesday between rebel gunmen and pro-government forces in Sirte, a central coastal city dividing western and eastern Libya, where two of the country's major rival militias have their powerbases.

There was no still word on the whereabouts of the tanker which sparked Zeidan's ouster.

A military spokesman said on Tuesday that Libyan gunboats chased the tanker along Libya's eastern Mediterranean coast and opened fire, damaging it, and said Italian naval ships were helping move the tanker to a Libyan government-controlled port.

But Italy denied any of its vessels were in the area at the time and the reported firing incident could not be confirmed. The navy and defence ministry have not been available for comment since.

The rebels are made up of former oil security forces which defected with their leader Ibrahim Jathran, a former Gaddafi fighter, in the summer and took over the oil terminals to claim more autonomy for their self-declared Cyrenaica region.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/130826/ousted-libyan-pm-flees-country-after-tanker-escapes-rebel-held-port

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Nigerian Muslims and Christians in joint prayers to defeat Boko Haram

World Bulletin / News Desk

March 12, 2014

Abubakar Ibn Garbai Elkanemi, the traditional ruler of Nigeria's northern Borno State, has urged people in the predominantly Muslim northeastern region to observe a three-day fast "for divine intervention" to defeat the Boko Haram insurgency.

"I am appealing to all residents of the state to observe a three-day fast to seek Allah's mercy toward ending the crisis facing us," Ibn Garbai, the Shehu of Borno, said in a Monday statement.

"I believe we should continue to seek Allah's help toward restoring peace in the state," he added.

He urged residents of Borno – the heart of the Boko Haram insurgency – to begin fasting on Tuesday.

He also called for "special prayers [to] be held in mosques and churches to seek God's help and urged residents to remain prayerful even after the fasting."

The Shehu of Borno, the most influential monarch in the entire northeast region, regretted that the Boko Haram menace had led to such massive destruction of lives and property in the region.

The Shehu of Borno is a traditional ruler across Nigeria, a country that gives no constitutional role to the traditional institutions often headed by monarchs.

Nevertheless, monarchs like Shehu wield considerable influence among their subjects, as they are seen as custodians of local custom.

The Shehu – like the Sultan of Sokoto, who doubles as leader of Nigeria's Muslim community – is also a religious leader.

The "Elkanemi" title traces its lineage to the 18th century ruler of the Kanem-Borno Empire, which extended to different parts of West Africa before the Europeans' divvied up the continent at the 1884 Berlin Conference.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan frequently calls on citizens to pray for "divine intervention" for protection from the scourge of terrorism.

Boko Haram, a hitherto peaceful organization that had preached against corruption, suddenly turned violent in 2009 following the murder of group leader Mohamed Yusuf while in police custody.

In the years since, the group has been blamed for thousands of terrorist acts, including attacks on churches and security posts across Nigeria's northern region, especially in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.

Although it claims to want an Islamist government in the region, Nigerian Muslims – most of whom reject Boko Haram as un-Islamic – have also been targeted by the militant group.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/130718/nigerian-muslims-and-christians-in-joint-prayers-to-defeat-boko-haram

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Maghreb Jihadists Killed in Mali Airstrike

March 12, 2014

Nouakchott — Al-Qaeda fighters from Libya, Algeria and Mauritania died during multiple military raids in Mali over the past fortnight.

"We located a dozen jihadists handling some rockets near an arms cache in the Adrar," the French defence minister announced on Thursday (March 6th).

Reaper drones, along with Chad-based Mirage 2000 fighters and Tiger helicopters from Mali "made it possible to neutralise" the terrorists in the March 4th operation, Jean-Yves Le Drian told Le Figaro.

France recently acquired the two American-made drones. They are based in Niamey, Niger.

The optical resolution of the new unmanned aerial vehicles is superior to the earlier Harfand model, allowing military forces to hone in on their targets.

But the job is far from over.

"Since the launch of Operation Serval, armed groups have become weaker, but they are still active in the region," terrorism expert Sidati Ould Cheikh said. And these groups are being populated by terrorists from the Sahel-Saharan region.

"Islamists, notably from Libya... set up two bases in the north-east," a Malian army source told AFP.

Days before the drone strike on the dozen terrorists in the Adrar, an Algerian AQIM leader in Timbuktu and Kidal was eliminated by French troops, jihadist sources reported.

Redouan Abou el Achbal (aka Aboubakr Benabdellah) was the top al-Qaeda figure in Timbuktu and Kidal.

The same week, Mauritanian AQIM figures Oumar Ould Mohamed Ghoulam (known as Al Ghallawi) and Mohamedou Khoubeib were killed in Timbuktu, Mauritanian website Sahara Media reported.

"The new approach taken by the French forces in the region, which is backed up by the use of drones, should be more effective against the terrorists," security expert Jidou Ould Sidi said.

Experts and government officials agree that the effort must be relentless. The new drones will reportedly do more that target and neutralise terrorists. They will also gather intelligence.

According to the French foreign minister, there is "still a real risk that jihadist groups in the region would re-establish themselves and this makes it necessary to maintain a high level of vigilance".

Northern Mali "may not be a hotbed of terrorism any longer, but it is still far from being pacified", terrorism expert Sidati Ould Cheikh told Magharebia.

"Attacks and harassment occur regularly and are often deadly," he said, noting that in late February near Tessalit, "a French reconnaissance helicopter was hit by terrorists, which proves their capacity to cause harm."

"Ansar al-Din and MUJAO fighters have now returned and are actively spreading propaganda among local communities. In some localities, we are seeing money being handed out to people to win their support," he added.

Ongoing insecurity in northern Mali also troubles the African Union (AU).

The AU representative to Mali called on March 4th for "Sahel nations to step up their security co-operation". The goal, according to Pierre Buyoya, is "to suppress the terrorist threat and contain any risks that it may spread".

"The problems of the Sahel are not restricted to Africa, but concern the whole world," France's defence and national security chief Francis Delon said. Mauritanian analyst Abu Bakr noted, however, that it was difficult for Sahel countries "to cope with security risks individually".

One solution is through enhanced security partnerships, he suggested.

"Because they are sponsored by the armies of the biggest countries in the world," joint military exercises such as Flintlock "enhance the capabilities of Sahel defence forces and support them against any potential terrorist threat", he added.

http://allafrica.com/stories/201403111639.html?viewall=1

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President Koroma Calls on Muslims to Sustain Religious Tolerance

March 12, 2014

President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has called on the Ahmadiyya Mission to help sustain the worthy tradition of religious tolerance which Sierra Leone enjoys today.

“I am heartened by the presence of so many religious leaders here today. This is another affirmation of our country being one of the most religiously tolerant nations in the world. I call on all to sustain this worthy tradition,” President Koroma urged during the 53rd Jalsa Salana of the Ahmadiyya Mission in Sierra Leone on Friday 7th March in Bo City.

The President emphasized; “The world needs it, and we need to continue to inspire the world with this reality of people of different faiths living side by side in harmony, charity, and peace. I ask that we pray for this reality to become entrench in trouble spots of religious and sectarian conflict in Africa, the Middle East and elsewhere. We ask for your prayers for our compatriots in peacekeeping missions in other lands, and we pray that this country will continue to sustain its better traditions of tolerance and peace.”

Full report at:

http://news.sl/drwebsite/publish/article_200524895.shtml

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Tunisia imam arrest sparks fears on preaching curbs

World Bulletin / News Desk

Tunisians have met the arrest of prominent imam Khamis El Mejri with uproar, who was detained for "preaching without a permit," on Monday in the capital Tunis.

Tunisians expressed their fears that the arrest signifies a curb on public preaching and efforts to control local mosques.

"El Mejri’s arrest is against the essence [of] democracy and against freedom of speech," another imam told Al Jazeera. "He’s just an imam who loves his religion and wants the best interests of Muslims."

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/130780/tunisia-imam-arrest-sparks-fears-on-preaching-curbs

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Arab World

 

‘Sectarian’ Iraqi govt must first put its house in order: Saudi Arabia

March 12, 2014

Saudi Arabia has rejected a claim by Iraq that the Kingdom supports terrorists in that country. The statement carried by the SPA, comes in the wake of an interview Nuri Al-Maliki had with France 24 on Saturday.

“Nuri Al-Maliki knows more than anyone else the constant and categorical stance of Saudi Arabia against terrorism in all shapes and forms, regardless of its origins.”

The ‘statement said Saudi Arabia was at the forefront of efforts to fight terrorism locally and internationally.

“Al-Maliki should know better than to unfairly accuse others, and should have adopted the proper policies that would put an end to the cycle of chaos and violence under which Iraq descends every day.”

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/538261

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Islamist militants, local men said to kill 22 in Syrian village

March 12, 2014

BEIRUT: Islamist militants and their local supporters have killed at least 22 people in a village in northern Syria near the Turkish border, opposition activists said on Wednesday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group quoted residents in Shuyukh, 100 km (65 miles) northeast of Aleppo, as saying that militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), had killed 12 fighters from rival rebel groups and at least 10 local tribesmen, including a 16-year-old.

The British-based watchdog, which has a network of sources across Syria and opposes President Bashar al-Assad, said the men had been executed by gunfire and knives. It said at least nine other villagers were missing and suspected to have been killed.

Media activists circulated online a list of people they said were victims. They named 20 people killed and nine missing, and said four bodies had been thrown into the Euphrates River.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Mar-12/250024-islamist-militants-local-men-said-to-kill-22-in-syrian-village.ashx#ixzz2voGLtWWx

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Scholars at Abu Dhabi peace conference discuss true meaning of jihad

March 12, 2014

ABU DHABI // Scholars at the Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies conference have attempted to define jihad in the context of current events in the region.

On Monday, three experts took the stage to describe their frustration towards some who “brainwash” youth into radicalism by distorting the true meaning of the word.

They also expressed the need for clarification of certain concepts.

Dr Adel Qouteh, a professor at the King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, explained the different forms and contexts which come under jihad in terms of Sharia.

“Jihad, in a general sense, means to put in a maximum effort to reach a legitimate goal, to seek Allah’s pleasure. In another specific means, jihad is the fight in the name of Allah and His case against the enemy,” he said.

Full report at:

http://www.thenational.ae/uae/scholars-at-abu-dhabi-peace-conference-discuss-true-meaning-of-jihad#ixzz2vnWLuaPY

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Tripoli mufti missing as tensions with Salafists on the rise

March 12, 2014

TRIPOLI, Lebanon: Suddenly, and without warning, the mufti of Tripoli and north Lebanon has disappeared. Sheikh Malek al-Shaar, a prominent moderate sheikh, has not been seen since mid-February, leaving an extensive agenda filled with appointments at his house, the place he had once resolved to take refuge in upon his return from trips abroad as a result of ongoing death threats.

Unlike during previous instances, however, this time there was no fuss about the mufti’s departure, with those closest to him completely silent about his travels and the possibility of his return, as well as the reasons that drove him to leave.

Full report at:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Mar-12/249980-tripoli-mufti-missing-as-tensions-with-salafists-on-the-rise.ashx#ixzz2voGdQYsd

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Army chief El-Sisi arrives in UAE for joint military training

March 12, 2014

Egypt's army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi traveled to the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday for joint military training exercises with the Gulf state, a military source told Al-Ahram's Arabic news website.

The defence minister met with his Emirati counterpart, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, to discuss "means to develop the joint cooperation in the benefit of both countries," Emirati news agency WAM reported on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/96454/Egypt/Politics-/Army-chief-ElSisi-arrives-in-UAE-for-joint-militar.aspx

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Al Qaeda hijacks spirit of Syria revolt three years on

Mar 12, 2014

KILLIS, ON THE TURKISH-SYRIAN BORDER (Reuters) - Syrian refugees in this border outpost were delighted to hear their home town of Azaz had been liberated - not from Bashar al-Assad's troops but from al-Qaeda fighters who subjected them to a regime that included torture and public beheadings. For Syrians who three years ago rose up against 43 years of Assad family rule, living under the hard-line Sunni jihadists who said they had come to save them from the president's atrocities was even worse than Assad himself. While neither Assad nor the rebels have the upper hand, there is a growing sense among his foreign opponents that the battle for Syria has become a twin-track operation, with defeating the jihadists as important as ousting Assad. In interviews with Reuters, Syrians who have escaped areas that have fallen under the control of al Qaeda-linked groups have spoken of the way the jihadists have imposed their harsh and often violent version of Islam on their fellow Muslims.

Full report at:

http://www.firstpost.com/world/insight-al-qaeda-hijacks-spirit-of-syria-revolt-three-years-on-1430061.html?utm_source=ref_article

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Iraq warns Syria war violence could spread to West

March 12, 2014

BAGHDAD: Iraq's prime minister has warned Syria has become the world's main arena for terrorism, which could spread to the West if its civil war continues.

Speaking at a counter-terrorism conference Wednesday in Baghdad, Nouri al-Maliki called on regional states to share intelligence, chase down fugitives and stop clerics who issue religious edicts promoting violence.

"Terrorism has become a global issue that is geographically expanding and its aftershocks will reach European and international capitals in a short period of time."

Full report at:

 http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Mar-12/250026-iraq-warns-syria-war-violence-could-spread-to-west.ashx#ixzz2voGHYPVo

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Egypt's Moussa: political future possible for Brotherhood

March 12, 2014

Egyptian leaders should leave the door open for the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to re-enter politics if the group accepts the constitution, former foreign minister and presidential candidate Amr Moussa said in a rare call for reconciliation.

Moderation has not exactly been in style in Egyptian politics since army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ousted president Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July after mass protests against his rule.

Egypt's most organised political group has been devastated by a security crackdown. Hundreds have been killed in the street and thousands arrested. Egyptian authorities have declared the Brotherhood a terrorist group and put its leaders on trial.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/96448/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-Moussa-political-future-possible-for-Brothe.aspx

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Jarba calls for Syria opposition seat in Arab League

World Bulletin / News Desk

March 12, 2014

Head of the Syrian opposition coalition Ahmed Jarba met on Tuesday with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi in Cairo to renew his demand to be Syria's representative to the pan-Arab body, a source with the coalition said.

No information has yet been available on the details of the meeting.

Earlier this week, the pan-Arab body decided to invite the opposition coalition to the upcoming Arab summit, to be hosted by Kuwait on March 25, as a representative of the Syrian people.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/130816/jarba-calls-for-syria-opposition-seat-in-arab-league

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Program uses electronic devices to help students memorize the Qur’an

March 12, 2014

Memorizing Qur’an is part of Islamic religion and to fulfill this duty, the Hassan Abbas Sharbatly charitable organization has launched an innovative program of Qur’an memorization for children with special needs at their Qur’an memorizing institute.

The organization launched memorizing Qur’an through electronic device program under the supervision of Qur’an Association along with the traditional method of memorizing Qur’an.

The program targeted 400 students in the first phase including 250 boys and 150 girls with special modules specifically allocated for children with special needs.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/538846

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Oman alleges against Bangladeshi expats

March 12, 2014

Oman has alleged that 70,000 expatriate workers sought jobs elsewhere without approval from their employers in the country.

A four-member delegation from Oman made the allegation to Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Khandker Mosharraf Hossain on Wednesday.

The delegation told the minister about 70,000 Bangladeshi workers seeking job elsewhere in Oman without the permission of their employer.

The minister said Bangladesh will look into the matter and try to find out the problem. “A delegation will be sent to Oman from Bangladesh soon.”

http://www.dhakatribune.com/labour/2014/mar/12/oman-alleges-against-bangladeshi-expats#sthash.bG25EtNy.dpuf

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Plight of Syrian refugees focus of Cairo conference

March 12, 2014

The 41st session of the Arab Health Ministers’ Council, which is to begin on Wednesday in Cairo, will focus on health and humanitarian issues facing displaced Syrians in neighboring countries.

The Saudi delegation will be led by Hamzah Khosheim, deputy health minister for planning and development, at the two-day event, which will be held at the headquarters of the Arab League’s Secretariat-General in Cairo. The meeting will discuss a host of issues pertaining to the health and humanitarian conditions of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries, heath and humanitarian conditions in Palestine and the Arab strategy to combat AIDS.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/news/538836

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Pakistan

 

Entire Nation to fight Taliban, if dialogue failed: Imran

12 March, 2014

LAHORE: PTI chairman Imran Khan has said that if dialogue with Taliban failed to reach any conclusion, the entire Nation was ready to fight Taliban's menace.

Talking to media in Lahore, he said that military operation would do no good, as there had been 6,000 operations during past 10 years, while "dialogue is often held with adversaries, as friends (fellow countrymen) always "have chats".

He also stressed for inclusion of Waziristan elements in dialogue as well, as the civil elected government was initiating its first very dialogue with tribals in the entire history of Pakistan.

He said that strong Pakistan army was a guarantee for a strong Pakistan.

http://paktribune.com/news/Entire-Nation-to-fight-Taliban-if-dialogue-failed-Imran-267453.html

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Operation underway despite ceasefire: Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan

2014-03-12

ISLAMABAD: Security forces continue operations, arrests and torture of Taliban members despite the announcement of a ceasefire, Shahidullah Shahid, the spokespersons of the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, claimed in a statement issued to the press, DawnNews reported.

The statement added that raids, arrests and torture of prisoners was a violation of the ceasefire.

Giving details of the claims, the statement said that search operations and mortar shelling continued in Mohmand tribal region whereas several members of the banned outfit were arrested in Karachi, Swabi, Charsadda and Peshawar.

The spokesperson further said that the TTP had no link with the Ahrarul Hind and Jundullah militant organisations.

Full report at:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1092689/operation-underway-despite-ceasefire-shahidullah-shahid

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Al Qaeda convict flew from Pakistan into Britain wearing shoe-bomb

March 12, 2014

NEW YORK: A British terror convict flew from Pakistan to London wearing a shoe-bomb that he was supposed to detonate on a US passenger jet, a New York trial heard Tuesday.

Star prosecution witness Saajid Badat, testifying at the trial of Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law on Tuesday, revealed he flew via the Netherlands wearing the bomb.

Once back in Britain he was supposed to fly across the Atlantic and bomb a domestic US flight but a reunion with his parents, after three years in Afghanistan, changed his mind.

“It was then I decided to back out of the mission,” said Badat. He emailed his handler in Karachi to withdraw, but kept the bomb.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/681868/al-qaeda-convict-flew-from-pakistan-into-britain-wearing-shoe-bomb/

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Gun and grenade feud kills 14 in Pakistan's Karachi

World Bulletin/News Desk

March 12, 2014

Rival gangs opened fire and lobbed grenades in a notoriously violent district of Pakistan's financial hub, Karachi, on Wednesday, killing 14 people, including eight women and three children, police said.

Karachi, a city and port of more than 18 million people, is home to many militant groups, including the Pakistani Taliban. Many political parties there have armed wings to fight turf wars.

More than two dozen people were wounded in the violence which erupted in Lyari, one of South Asia's most dangerous neighbourhoods, where rival gangs have been fighting for years for control.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/130850/gun-and-grenade-feud-kills-14-in-pakistans-karachi

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28 religious, political parties hail Taliban-govt talks

March 12, 2014

LAHORE: Representatives of more than 28 religious and political parties, Muslim sects and non-Islamic religions have hailed the government-Taliban negotiations for the restoration of peace and stability in the country, and demanded the release of non-combatants and abductees in order to take the negotiation process forward.

They have reiterated the commitment made by the Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC) and its partner organisations to continue supporting the negotiation process at every level.

This was stated in a joint declaration issued at the end of the Ulema Convention and Aman Seminar held in Khanewal by the PUC under the headship of Hafiz Muhammad Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi. The joint declaration also advised the government to make proper arrangements for people fleeing Waziristan and other tribal areas. These people should be sent back home as soon as peace is restored in their areas.

Full report at:

http://paktribune.com/news/28-religious-political-parties-hail-Taliban-govt-talks-267422.html

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Two, including FC man, killed in Bannu firing

2014-03-12

BANNU: Two people, including a Frontier Corps (FC) man were killed Wednesday as a result of firing by unknown motorcyclists in Bannu, DawnNews reported.

According to police, the two persons, who were brothers, sustained severe injuries when they were fired upon within the remit of the Hoyad Police Station in Janikhel.

The victims were shifted to the District Headquarters Hospital in a critical condition where they succumbed to their injuries.

Full report at:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1092663/two-including-fc-man-killed-in-bannu-firing

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Europe

 

Militant website calls for attacks on France, Hollande

March 12, 2014

ABU DHABI : A militant website has created a series of posters calling for attacks on France and for the assassination of President Francois Hollande in reprisal for the country's policies in Mali and the Central African Republic, the SITE monitoring service said late on Monday.

In addition to assisting Mali in its war against militants, France sent troops four months ago to the majority Christian Central African Republic, where predominantly Muslim "Seleka" rebels seized power a year ago. The Seleka have since been pushed back by Christian "anti-balaka" - "anti-machete" in the local language - militia. The al Minbar Jihadi Media Network, a well-known website, created six posters as part of a campaign it dubbed, "We will not be silent, O France," SITE said. The forum's "Media soldiers for the support of Islam" designed the posters, which can be downloaded and printed by visitors to the site.

Full report at:

http://www.nation.com.pk/international/12-Mar-2014/militant-website-calls-for-attacks-on-france-hollande

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Save our sons from jihad, Muslim parents beg British police

March 12, 2014

Muslim families are turning over their sons and brothers to police in an attempt to stop young men from joining the jihad in Syria.

Britain’s most senior counter-terrorism officer heralded a huge upsurge in arrests of would-be jihadists since the New Year, as Scotland Yard pursues a more “sensitive” and “less macho” approach to terrorism.

Full report at:

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/uk/crime/article4029321.ece

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Russia agrees to build at least two more nuclear plants, says Iran

MARCH 12, 2014

TEHRAN, March 12 — Russia has signed a preliminary agreement to build at least two more nuclear power plants in the Iranian port city of Bushehr, Iran’s official IRNA news agency reported today.

The deal was reached during a visit to Tehran yesterday by a senior official of Russia’s state atomic energy agency Rosatom, IRNA said.

“Iran and Russia reached a preliminary agreement to build at least two new nuclear power plants,” Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi told the news agency.

Full report at:

 http://www.themalaymailonline.com/world/article/russia-agrees-to-build-at-least-two-more-nuclear-plants-says-iran#sthash.l2ksvRqS.dpuf

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Caucasian Muslim leader calls for Muslim consolidation

March 12, 2014

Chairman of the Caucasian Muslims Office (CMO) believes that the consolidation of Muslims is important in fighting any attempt to use religion for personal purposes.

Sheikh-ul-Islam Haji Allahshukur Pashazadeh made the remark at the "Promoting Peace in Muslim Societies" international conference in Abu Dabhi, CMO reported.

Pashazade noted that Islam attaches great importance to dialogue among civilizations and multiculturalism, which is important for establishing peace in the world.

He went on to say that as a result of the discord within the Islamic community, conflicts continue in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Syria, and Palestine, which is a matter of concern.

Pashazade said the Azerbaijani Muslims were also subjected to the Armenian aggression, 20 percent of their country was occupied, and genocide was committed in Khojaly.

Full report at:

http://www.azernews.az/azerbaijan/65144.html

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Azerbaijani, Turkish diasporas hold rally in Stockholm

March 12, 2014

Members of the Azerbaijani and Turkish diaspora organizations have held a protest rally against recognition of the Armenian genocide in front of the Swedish Parliament House (Riksdag),AzerTag state news agency reported.

The demonstrators stated that recognition of the Armenian genocide by the Swedish Parliament in 2011 was a political step aimed at exerting influence on Turkey and confusing the international community.

The rally participants distributed among local residents brochures on the realities of the so-called Armenian genocide.

Full report at:

http://www.azernews.az/azerbaijan/65196.html

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Algeria religious affairs minister's headscarf comments slammed

World Bulletin / News Desk

March 12, 2014

Women in Algeria have reacted angrily to comments made by the country's Religious Affairs Minister, Abu Abdullah Gulamullah, who implied that women should conform to workplace rules that forbid them from wearing the headscarf.

His comments on Sunday, telling women to respect workplace rules, was criticized by the country's Peace Society Movement, which said his comments were upsetting. The Independent Awakening Party also slammed his comments, calling on him to repent.

Although there is no law in Algeria preventing women with headscarves from working, reports of women being turned down by job opportunities because of them wearing headscarves are very common.

http://www.worldbulletin.net/todays-news/130842/algeria-religious-affairs-ministers-headscarf-comments-slammed

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European court upholds EU sanctions on Assad's sister

March 12, 2014

A European court on Wednesday upheld EU sanctions against the sister of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, finding that her strong family ties justified the decision.

Bushra al-Assad, also the widow of Syria's former deputy defence chief Assef Shawkat, had challenged her inclusion in the EU sanctions list, arguing she was a "housewife" with no role in the regime.

However, the European Tribunal, second only to the European Court of Justice, ruled that as Assad's sister she was linked to the regime, "particularly given the existence of a tradition of family management of power" in Syria.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/96494/World/Region/European-court-upholds-EU-sanctions-on-Assads-sist.aspx

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France opens manslaughter probe over lost Malaysian jet

March 12, 2014

French prosecutors on Tuesday opened a judicial investigation for manslaughter following the mystery disappearance of a Malaysian plane with 239 people on board.

The move by the Paris prosecutors is standard practice since four of the missing passengers are French nationals.

On Tuesday, the head of Interpol said the disappearance of the plane, which was flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, was not likely the result of a terror attack.

"The more information we get, the more we are inclined to conclude it was not a terrorist incident," Ronald Noble said in the eastern French city of Lyon, where Interpol is headquartered.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/9/96434/World/International/France-opens-manslaughter-probe-over-lost-Malaysia.aspx

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South Asia

 

“Falsified” accounts by international community undermining judiciary: Maldives CJ

By Mariyath Mohamed | March 12th, 2014

EC dismissals: “Falsified” accounts by international community undermining judiciary, says Chief Justice

Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz has accused the international community of fabricating lies regarding the Supreme Court’s verdict against the Elections Commission (EC).

In doing so, “they have engaged in a battle against the constitution with an independent nation”, said Faiz.

The Chief Justice released a statement strongly condemning statements released by the US State Department and the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday.

These voices of disapproval were joined today by Australia, which has similarly expressed concern over recent developments, noting its “firm expectation” that scheduled elections will go ahead “in a manner that is free, fair, credible and peaceful”.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/ec-dismissals-international-community-have-begun-a-battle-against-the-constitution-says-chief-justice-79637

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Attackers termed grenades ‘snacks’ for Hasina

March 12, 2014

The militants while distributing grenades among themselves at a house in the city’s Badda area before the attack on an Awami League rally on August 21, 2004, termed those “snacks for Hasina,” a witness said yesterday.

“I saw around 15 people in the house [of accused Maulana Liton] disbursing some round-shaped things among themselves, after taking them out from black bags. I asked what they were. They smiled and one accused Ovi replied that those were snacks for Hasina,” said Maulana Mosaddek Billah while testifying in August 21 grenade attack case as the 74th prosecution witness.

Full report at:

http://www.dhakatribune.com/crime/2014/mar/12/attackers-termed-grenades-snacks-hasina#sthash.Z3GhWxqk.dpuf

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Three insurgents killed in shootout in Afghanistan: police

2014-03-12

KANDAHAR: Afghan police officials say three insurgents tried to storm the former intelligence service headquarters in the southern city of Kandahar, prompting a fierce gun battle with security forces that left the attackers dead.

Deputy police chief Rahmatullah Atrafi says the three men assaulted the former headquarters in the heart of the city early on Wednesday.

The attackers were killed after a protracted gun battle, while the security forces suffered no casualties.

Full report at:

https://www.dawn.com/news/1092680/three-insurgents-killed-in-shootout-in-afghanistanpolice

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Myanmar gov't denies that it massacred Muslims

World Bulletin / News Desk

March 12, 2014

A Myanmar government commission has rejected United Nations' claims that an anti-Muslim massacre took place in the west of the country in January.

The investigation into violence in the country’s Rakhine State earlier this year, claims that there is no evidence of any Muslim deaths, despite U.N. claims to the contrary.

In January the U.N. said it had evidence that at least 48 Muslims were killed when Buddhist mobs attacked a village in Rakhine. It called on the government to carry out a swift, impartial investigation and to hold those responsible accountable.

The report echoes a position the Myanmar government has taken since the claims first emerged from Du Chee Yar Tan, a village of some 4,000 people in Maungdaw Township, near the Bangladesh border.

Full report at:

http://www.worldbulletin.net/headlines/130849/myanmar-govt-denies-that-it-massacred-muslims

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India

 

Narrow miss for AI flight as Karachi ATC gives wrong frequency

Mar 12, 2014

Pilots of the Air India London-Mumbai flight had a post-midnight scare and the passengers escaped a possible mishap after the Karachi Air Traffic Control (ATC) gave them a wrong frequency which, according to a senior Air India official, could have changed the flight path and led to a collision with another aircraft.

At 1.30 am on Tuesday, Karachi ATC provided a wrong frequency (132.15) and asked them to report two-way with the ATC in Mumbai. Despite trying various combinations, the pilots were unable to connect to the Mumbai ATC.

Full report at:

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/narrow-miss-for-ai-flight-as-karachi-atc-gives-wrong-frequency/

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Teesta a thorn in Indo-Bangla ties

TNN | Mar 12, 2014

KOLKATA: The sharing of waters of the Teesta River will continue to remain a festering issue between India and Bangladesh. That's because the Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal not only remains strongly opposed to the equitable sharing of Teesta waters as envisaged in the draft Teesta Treaty, but plans to increase its intake from the river to irrigate more farmlands in North Bengal.

The augmented diversion of water from the river to feeder irrigation canals in North Bengal has reduced the flow of Teesta waters in Bangladesh to just 10% of its 'historical flow', sparking severe unrest among farmers and fisherfolk in that country. Sajjad Hossain, head of a delegation from Bangladesh which is here to participate in the 57th Indo-Bangladesh Joint Committee meeting on the Ganges Treaty, told TOI on Tuesday that agitating farmers and fishermen have paralysed the administration in Bangladesh's northwestern province of Rangpur through which the Teesta flows before joining the Jamuna (the name of Brahmaputra once it enters Bangladesh).

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Teesta-a-thorn-in-Indo-Bangla-ties/articleshow/31864329.cms

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Syed Ahmed Bukhari Shahi imam of Jama Masjid, Delhi Offers Support to BSP, But Minus NDA

Mar 12, 2014

Syed Ahmed Bukhari Shahi imam of Jama Masjid, Delhi, has promised to offer “unconditional” support to BSP supremo Mayawati for the upcoming LS elections, only if she promised that she would not join or support the NDA after the polls.

A three-member delegation met senior BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui in Lucknow Monday to discuss the possibility of “Dalit-Muslim” unity at the national level. In the aftermath of the Muzaffarnagar riots, other Muslim outfits in UP also seem to be veering towards the BSP. A delegation of the Jamiat-Ulema-I-Hind (Mahmood Madani faction), too, has reached out to the party to offer support for the coming polls.

“I am looking at Dalit-Muslim unity at the national level. They have been oppressed and deprived for decades and can relate to each other’s plight. Now it is for Mayawati to decide. I met BSP MP Mohammed Salim Ansari and had decided that a delegation would meet BSP leaders on my behalf. Yesterday that meeting took place ,” Bukhari told The Indian Express.

http://indianexpress.com/article/india/politics/bukhari-offers-support-to-bsp-but-minus-nda/

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Mideast

 

Yemen’s atheists, banned by Islamic law, find safe haven online

March 12, 2014

Ali, 27, was jailed when he refused to repent of his irreligious orientations.

“I’m not convinced with such a religion (of Islam)”, Ali admitted. He was released after one week and was kept under surveillance.

Majoring in Islamic Sharia Law, Ali was a sophomore at Hodeida University in 2010 when he started to adopt atheism. To him, Islamic sharia Law is full of contradictions that certain Islamic religious authorities have been inculcating over centuries.

Along with a few liberal colleagues, Ali said, they used to sit together secretly and discuss their own interpretations of Islam.

“Freedom of thought or expression or even freedom of faith doesn’t exist in this country,” he said.

Recently graduated, Ali has married and is currently living with his wife away from his family. He has now his own independent life.

From a highly conservative family, Ali has abandoned Islam and “retreated to a broader space free of religious extremist authorities,” Amal Basha, a rights campaigner in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, told The Media Line.

Full report at:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4497827,00.html

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Jewish extremists carry ‘price attack’ in Arab town

March 12, 2014

RAMALLAH – Unknown Jewish extremists on early Tuesday vandalized nineteen vehicles in the Arab town of Jaljouliah in central Israel in a suspected “price tag” attack.

The Israel Radio said that the assailants poured acid and defaced 19 vehicles at the entrance to Jaljouliah, the first of its kind in the ‘Triangle’ area.

The police added that the perpetrators spray painted the words “Every Arab is a criminal” and “God is king” on some of the walls of the predominately Arab town.

Luba Samri, the spokeswoman of Israeli police, said that police has opened an investigation into the incident. No arrests were reported.

Jaljouliah is part of the ‘Triangle’, a collection of Arab villages next to the Green Line. The area is home to about 300,000 Arab Palestinians.

Full report at:

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentid=20140312198310

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Desmond Tutu: Israel guilty of apartheid in treatment of Palestinians

March 12, 2014

Desmond Tutu, the noted civil rights leader who became the first black archbishop of Cape Town, compared Israel's treatment of the Palestinians to the apartheid regime that discriminated against blacks in his native South Africa.

Tutu, the Nobel Peace laureate, told News24, a South African media entity, criticized Israeli policies toward the Palestinians in the territories as "humiliating."

"I have witnessed the systemic humiliation of Palestinian men, women and children by members of the Israeli security forces," he said in a statement.

"Their humiliation is familiar to all black South Africans who were corralled and harassed and insulted and assaulted by the security forces of the apartheid government."

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Diplomacy-and-Politics/Desmond-Tutu-Israel-guilty-of-apartheid-in-treatment-of-Palestinians-344874

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Hamas official: Heart of Israel will be the target in future war

March 12, 2014

Hamas will target cities in the far north in any future confrontation with Israel, an official of the organization  was quoted by AFP as saying on Monday, on condition of anonymity.

The comments were made during a Hamas ceremony in Gaza City for the unveiling of a rocket-statue which features a life size M-75 rocket, whose real life counterpart can reach 75 kilometers into Israel. The M-75 was used to target Tel Aviv and its surroundings as well as the greater Jerusalem area during 2012's Operation Pillar of Defense.

Hamas referred to the M-75 as "an improved Kassam" upon first using it during Operation Pillar of Defense.

The ceremony took place in conjunction with Israel's public showcasing of the weapons seized from the Klos C, a Gaza-bound ship from Iran which had been under surveillance by US and Israeli intelligence for weeks.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Defense/Hamas-official-Heart-of-Israel-will-be-the-target-in-future-war-344906

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Increasing number of young cafe lovers signals more social freedom in Iran

March 12, 2014

TEHRAN, Iran — Shoulder to shoulder, cheek to cheek, young women and men sit next to each other while a thick film of cigarette smoke fills the dimly lit cafe in central Tehran. Bob Dylan's "Knockin' On Heaven's Door" blares from the speakers.

Young Iranians with slick smart phones and packs of American-made cigarettes who frequent the cafe come for the chance to hang out, away from the eyes of moralizing elders. They also form a bloc of strong support for moderate President Hassan Rouhani as he works to allow greater social freedom in the Islamic Republic.

Full report at:

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/8104f165c88d46579d69362f9ef73f62/ML--Iran-Cafe-Culture

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North America

 

US General proposes Israel defend Jordan, Egypt with anti-missile system

March 12, 2014

TEL AVIV - A US general proposed on Monday that Israel upgrade its anti-missile systems to include neighbouring Jordan and possibly Egypt, and an Israeli official cautiously welcomed the idea.

The two Arab countries that have full peace treaties with the Jewish state share some of its concern regarding the disputed nuclear program of Iran and the civil war wracking Syria - both states with long-range missile arsenals.

Jordan's Red Sea port of Aqaba is also under threat from short-range rockets fired by Islamist militants in the largely lawless Egyptian Sinai - though they have more regularly targeted the next-door Israeli resort of Eilat.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Defense/US-General-proposes-Israel-defend-Jordan-Egypt-with-anti-missile-system-344897

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FIU's Muslim Students Found a Listening Device in a Campus Prayer Room

March 12, 2014

The evening was sliding toward midnight, but the students were still hanging out. It was February 9, 2013, and the five members of Florida International University's Muslim Student Association had finished their evening prayers in the room they used daily at the Graham Center, the student union on the school's Modesto Maidique Campus.

They were lounging like any group of college kids, prayer mats spread out on the room's ugly blue-green-brown industrial shag, when one noticed a bump in the weave. It was just smaller than the volume button on an iPhone, with three holes in the top. As the group gathered around, the student pulled it up. A wire was attached to the bump. It looked like a listening device, they decided.

Full report at:

http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2014-03-13/news/fiu-muslim-students-bugged/

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Orthodox brothers from NY admit guilt in violent Jewish divorce scheme

By REUTERS

March 12, 2014

Two Brooklyn brothers have admitted participating in a violent ring with rabbis that threatened Jewish husbands to agree to grant their wives a religious divorce, and they face possible lengthy prison terms, prosecutors said on Tuesday.

Avrohom Goldstein, 34, and Moshe Goldstein, 31, were among 10 men, including their father and two Orthodox Jewish rabbis, arrested last fall in the alleged scheme in which they hired themselves out to unhappy wives who wanted their husbands kidnapped and beaten until they agreed to divorce, according to New Jersey US Attorney Paul Fishman.

Orthodox Jewish women cannot get a divorce unless their husbands consent through a document known as a "get," and wives paid tens of thousands of dollars to the ring that would abduct and beat their husbands, prosecutors said at the time of the arrests in October.

Full report at:

http://www.jpost.com/Jewish-World/Jewish-News/Orthodox-brothers-from-NY-admit-guilt-in-violent-Jewish-divorce-scheme-345095

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Southeast Asia

 

In search of the great house of Indonesian Muslims

March 12, 2014

“The great house of Indonesian Muslims” (Rumah Besar Umat Islam Indonesia) is a familiar political platform for Indonesian Muslims, particularly ahead of the 2014 elections. This statement is clearly displayed on a large banner in South Jakarta belonging to an Islamic party.

Such a phrase constitutes a political composition of the “dreams, hopes and frustrations” felt by Indonesian Muslims. It is a dream because it is a beautiful expectation that is so difficult to achieve.

It is a hope because it is an exhausting struggle that has not been achieved after nearly 70 years of independence. It is frustrating because since the fall of the Masyumi Party, the goal has been almost impossible to achieve.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2014/03/11/in-search-great-house-indonesian-muslims.html

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Christians, Minorities Under Threat In Sunni Malaysia, Suaram & Aliran Tell Unted Nations

March 12, 2014

eneva - SUARAM and Aliran have told the UN Human Rights Council that Christianity and other minority religions in Malaysia are increasingly under siege as right-wing Islamist groups threaten, with apparent impunity, the constitutional right of all Malaysians to freely practice their chosen faith.

The Malaysian rights-advocacy groups made the statement in a formal report to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, whose office has now circulated the document for attention at the coming HRC's 25th session in Geneva, which begins (date).

Full report at:

http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=242121:christians-minorities-under-

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PKR says Kajang move reduced racial and religious tension in Selangor

March 12, 2014

PKR has claimed that the Kajang move, which triggered a by-election and which was supposed to put PKR defacto chief Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim into the Selangor administration, has managed to reduce racial and religious incitement in the state.

PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli (pic) claimed that ever since the party put the plan into play in January, there have been no racial or religiously charged incidents, except for the slap threat towards Seputeh MP Teresa Kok.

"For over a month we have met one of the aims of the Kajang move, which is to reduce racial and religious tension. We have put a stop to the rabid and religious gameplay of certain parties, as we said we will face this head on.

Full report at:

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/pkr-says-kajang-move-reduced-racial-and-religious-tension-in-selangor

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