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Shocking Images of Children as Young As Five Being Trained As Al-Qaeda Killers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pakistan

Shocking Images of Children as Young As Five Being Trained As Al-Qaeda Killers

Pak man set on fire for marrying against family's wishes

Pakistani hackers hit Israel-linked site

'If you are not controversial, you haven't done anything substantial': Pak President

Pakistan struggles in race to develop armed drones

Khar rejects reports on Bangla P M’s absence

4 gunned down across Balochistan

Pak man moves court to get his wife disqualified as lawmaker

Musharraf visa said ‘report to police’ before MEA stepped in

Gunmen kill NATO driver in Khyber agency: officials

Mobile service blockade, motorcycle ban proved fruitful in Quetta: Rehman Malik

Qadri’s sickness: Court seeks comments from state, jail officials

National Assembly passes MQM’s de weaponisation resolution

Armed with pens, students set to wage war against stereotypes

 

India

Shooting for Prophet Film in Rajasthan hangs in balance

Facebook row scares Shaheen Dhada away from Social Sites, forever, 9 Shiv Sainiks Arrested

India votes against UNGA resolution banning death penalty

In a veiled snub, India cancels Malik visit

Assam peace a prisoner to bad rehabilitation policy

Salman, suspected explosives supplier and still a mystery

 

Europe

Irish Church Breaks Silence over Savita’s Death Calling It a “Terrible Disaster”

Record number back UN vote against death penalty

Russia eyes rebirth in classrooms of former foe Afghanistan

Growth of Islamophobia leading to extremism

Kazakh guard accused of killing 15 goes on trial

All sides in Gaza conflict must immediately halt fire: UN chief

UK aid 'not improving Nigerian education'

Kazakh opposition leader's conviction upheld

France ends combat mission in Afghanistan

 

North America

4 US men charged in alleged terror plot, joining al-Qaida and the Taliban: FBI

US expert says Pakistan relationship is like 'salvaging a troubled marriage'

US opposes UN action on Gaza that undermines ceasefire: Rice

Obama sends Hillary Clinton to Middle East amid Gaza crisis

Panel answers questions about Islam during forum at Morton Grove library

Radical Islamists form first Sharia law community in USA

 

Mideast Asia

Israel waits on ground assault, death toll in Gaza 111

Gaza Crisis Poses Threat to Faction Favoured by U.S.

We are ready to invade Gaza, but prefer diplomacy, Israel says

Court cleared Iranian woman and her partner of illicit sex charge

Israeli airstrike targets top Jihad terrorists in Gaza

Hoisting Dead Children, Gazans Mourn Family Killed by Israeli Strike

Iran culture ministry hosts Egyptian cineastes

Islamic Jihad Vows to Give Crippling Response to Israeli Ground Invasion of Gaza

Israel, Hamas trade fire and tough truce proposals

Israel puts ‘temporary hold’ on Gaza ground operation

In Southern Israel, Urban Dwellers Learn to Sprint for Bomb Shelters

Armed man attacks US Embassy guard in Tel Aviv

 

Arab World

Bahrain ‘police used excessive force on Shiite’: interior ministry

Saudi beheads Palestinian for 'setting up gang'

Emirati jailed for assaulting Asian housemaid

Islamists reject Syria opposition bloc as clashes rage

Lebanese Hezbollah Urges Arab States to Arm Hamas

Egypt-mediated ceasefire talks in progress

Yunus: Let the young give free rein to their imagination

15th Arab Creative Students Forum under way at Imam University

Kurdish Commander Warns of Battle against Iraq

Hariri killing: Prosecutor to call 557 witnesses

 

South Asia

“Everybody running the state as they please”: President Waheed

Maldives Human Rights minister sacked over anti-police comments

48 Jamaat-Shibir men held in Narayanganj

Afghan loses death penalty appeal over French deaths

Myanmar under immense strain to stop violence

Hard choices as Afghanistan seeks to exploit mineral riches

Rohingya: Suu Kyi’s comments irk Dhaka

 

Southeast Asia

Jakarta Looks to One-Gender Schools to End Violent High School Rivalry

Philippine police to ask rebels to catch massacre group

 

Africa

Riot in Kenya after bus bombing kills nine in capital

 

Australia

Australian ‘collar bomber’ jailed for at least 10 years

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Pakistan

 

Shocking Images of Children as Young As Five Being Trained As Al-Qaeda Killers

17 Nov 2012

Terror camp brainwashing boys into becoming suicide bombers

Taking aim with pistols and AK-47 ­machine guns, ­children as young as five are turned into trained al-Qaeda killers.

The shocking images have emerged from inside a terror camp where the boys are brainwashed into waging Jihad and becoming suicide bombers.

Many of the children are orphans of al-Qaeda “martyrs” being put on the same path to terror as their fathers.

The footage, filmed in North ­Waziristan near Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, was posted on an underground al-Qaeda website. It was issued by the Turkistan Islamic Party, which supplies fighters to wage war alongside the Taliban.

The group has been responsible for more than 200 acts of ­terrorism worldwide in the past 20 years.

Terrorism expert Neil Doyle warned: “The video is part of disturbing trend. This is the fourth Islamist insurgent group in recent weeks that has been linked to training children for the battlefield. Groups in Syria and Somalia have also claimed to be coaching children.

“These children are living a very bleak existence. There is growing evidence that many are forced into it.”

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/al-qaeda-school-turning-boys-into-killers-1442508

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Pak man set on fire for marrying against family's wishes

 Nov 20 2012

Lahore: A man was set on fire by his wife's relatives in Pakistan's Punjab province as he had married her three months ago against her family's wishes, police said.

Muhammad Majid, a resident of Shehar Sultan in the suburbs of Muzaffargarh, married Samina Bibi of Karachi in court after her parents refused to agree to the wedding.

Samina's family had registered a case of kidnapping against Majid and police arrested his father and brother for investigation.

Today, Samina's brother Abdul Sattar and three other men came to Shehar Sultan and set Majid on fire after sprinkling petrol on him.

He sustained serious burn injuries.

Majid was taken to hospital in a precarious condition.

More than 90 per cent of his body was burnt, police and hospital officials said.

Police have launched a search for the men who attacked Majid but were yet to make any arrests.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-man-set-on-fire-for-marrying-against-familys-wishes/1033559/

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Pakistani hackers hit Israel-linked site

 Nov 20, 2012

A pro-Palestinian group claiming to be Pakistani shut down the Israel website of daily deal firm Groupon on Monday to protest at an Israeli army offensive in the Gaza Strip. The attack came a day after Israel's finance ministry said more than 44 million hacking attempts had been made on government websites since Israel began air strikes last Wednesday.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistani-hackers-hit-Israel-linked-site/articleshow/17288633.cms

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'If you are not controversial, you haven't done anything substantial': Pak President

By Ferya Ilyas

November 20, 2012

ISLAMABAD: If you are not controversial, then you have not done anything substantial, said President Asif Ali Zardari on Tuesday.

The president was addressing a youth conference held in the federal capital.

Speaking about the burden of being a leader, the president said good leadership is a result of personal sacrifice.

“This is the path my wife and I followed,” he said.

He also said that leader is not one who thinks he is a leader, but one who is considered so by others.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/468615/if-you-are-not-controversial-you-havent-done-anything-substantial/

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Pakistan struggles in race to develop armed drones

19 November 2012

KARACHI: Pakistan is secretly racing to develop its own armed drones, frustrated with US refusals to provide the aircraft, but is struggling in its initial tests with a lack of precision munitions and advanced targeting technology.

One of Islamabad’s closest allies and Washington’s biggest rivals, China, has offered to help by selling Pakistan armed drones it developed. But industry experts say there is still uncertainty about the capabilities of the Chinese aircraft.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/pakistan-struggles-race-develop-armed-drones

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Khar rejects reports on Hasina’s absence

ANITA JOSHUA

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Monday sought to dispel speculation that Bangladesh Premier Sheikh Hasina had demanded a formal apology from Pakistan for 1971 war atrocities as a condition to accept Islamabad’s invitation to participate in the Developing-8 (D-8) summit, here later this week.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/khar-rejects-reports-on-hasinas-absence/article4112467.ece

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4 gunned down across Balochistan

November 20, 2012

QUETTA: Four people were killed and a bullet-riddled body was found in Balochistan on Monday

Turbat Police Station Constable Muhammad Azam told Daily Times a passer-by spotted a body in Murgab area and informed the police, who rushed to the spot and shifted the body to the District Headquarters Hospital for autopsy. The body was identified as that of Niaz Ahmed. Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\20\story_20-11-2012_pg7_11

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Pak man moves court to get his wife disqualified as lawmaker

Nov 20 2012

Lahore : A Pakistani man has moved a court to get his wife, a legislator belonging to PML-N, disqualified as a lawmaker for concealing her first marriage from him.

Gohar Sarfraz Qureshi filed a petition in the Lahore High Court that contended his wife Shamsa Gohar had concealed facts about her first marriage when she married him.

"Shamsa, a member of the (Punjab) provincial assembly contracted marriage with me in 2006 and showed herself as unmarried in the nikahnama (marriage certificate)," he said.

"After some time, I came to know that she is already married to Abid Ali," said Qureshi.

He alleged that Shamsa had contracted marriage with Ali on March 27, 2005, and concealed this fact when she married him on April 9, 2006.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pak-man-moves-court-to-get-his-wife-disqualified-as-lawmaker/1033668/

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Musharraf visa said ‘report to police’ before MEA stepped in

Shubhajit Roy

 Nov 20 2012

New Delhi : Pakistan is upset that its former president Pervez Musharraf and his wife Sehba were issued an Indian visa which required them to report to the police when they arrived in New Delhi on Friday for a private visit.

Musharraf was issued the visa from the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi. When he landed at Delhi airport on Friday, Pakistani High Commission officials were surprised to find that his passport, as well as that of his wife, had the Indian visa which was not “exempted from police reporting”.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/musharraf-visa-said--report-to-police--before-mea-stepped-in/1033453/

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Gunmen kill NATO driver in Khyber agency: officials

November 20, 2012

PESHAWAR: Gunmen on Tuesday killed the driver of a NATOsupply truck in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal areas close to the Afghan border, officials said.

The shooting took place in the Jamrud area of Khyber, one of seven agencies in the semi-autonomous tribal belt where Taliban and extremist militants are active.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/20/gunmen-kill-nato-driver-in-khyber-agency-officials/

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Mobile service blockade, motorcycle ban proved fruitful in Quetta: Rehman Malik

By Ema Anis

November 20, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Lauding his own initiative of blocking mobile services and banning motorcycle riding in Quetta on Muharram 1, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said that the efforts proved fruitful as not a single incident of terrorism took place.

“Every day, Hazaras, Shias and Sunnis were being targeted… No incidents took place in Quetta when the mobile services were blocked and motorcycle riding was banned on Muharram 1,” Malik said while speaking to the media in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/468554/mobile-service-blockade-motorcycle-ban-proved-fruitful-in-quetta-rehman-malik/

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Qadri’s sickness: Court seeks comments from state, jail officials

BNovember 20, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Governor Salmaan Taseer’s convicted murderer is seeking the formation of a medical panel to review his health.

A divisional Islamabad High Court (IHC) bench issued notices to the state and Adiala Jail Superintendent Malik Mustaq on Monday in response to a petition filed by Malik Mumtaz Qadri.

Qadri, the police official who confessed to killing the late Punjab governor, claimed through his lawyer, former Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Khawaja Muhammad Sharif, that he has been suffering from chest and stomach pains since the beginning of October. Sharif said that his client had been using the medication prescribed by jail doctors, but his condition is not improving.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/468312/qadris-sickness-court-seeks-comments-from-state-jail-officials/

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National Assembly passes MQM’s deweaponisation resolution

 November 20, 2012

The National Assembly passed a deweaponisation resolution on Tuesday presented by the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), reported Express News.

The resolution was presented by MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar and was opposed by Awami National Party (ANP), Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI) and Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N).

ANP had opposed the resolution as the party wanted to deweaponise Karachi only while the MQM opted for deweaponisation of the entire country.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/468558/national-assembly-passes-mqms-deweaponisation-resolution/

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Armed with pens, students set to wage war against stereotypes

November 20, 2012

KARACHI: Over 3,000 school children from Pakistan and India are getting ready to use their pens to break the ice between the two belligerent neighbours which have shared a very frigid relationship in the past.

Yet again, the Citizens Archive of Pakistan (CAP) in collaboration with Routes 2 Roots, a Delhi-based non-profit organisation, is all geared up for what they dubbed a “round two of Exchange for Change.” Under this initiative, around 3,500 children between the ages 10 and 14, from 17 schools across Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Delhi, Chandigarh and Mumbai will exchange letters for twelve months, after which there will be cross-border visits. The formal launch of the programme was announced during a press conference at the Marriot Hotel on Monday.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/468275/armed-with-pens-students-set-to-wage-war-against-stereotypes/

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India

 

Shooting for Prophet film in Rajasthan hangs in balance

By Himanshi Dhawan

 Nov 20, 2012

NEW DELHI: Celebrated Iranian director Majid Majidi has set his sights on the sweeping desert sands of Rajasthan for his epic on Prophet Mohammed. However India's chance to be part of cinematic history hangs in balance with permission for the shoot of "Prophet Mohammed (Peace Be With You)" pending before the Indian government for the last one month.

Government sources have expressed concern over the "sensitive" subject but Majidi appears unfazed by this bureaucratic challenge. Speaking exclusively to TOI, Majidi in an email interview said, "We are just shooting one scene in India... 99% of the film has already been shot in Iran. There is just one war sequence mentioned in the Quran that requires elephants in a desert region and since elephants are not found in Iran hence we were looking at India and Rajasthan as an viable location option."

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Shooting-for-Prophet-film-in-Rajasthan-hangs-in-balance/articleshow/17287870.cms

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Facebook row scares Shaheen Dhada away from Social Sites, forever, 9 Shiv Sainiks Arrested

 Nov 20 2012

Mumbai : One of the girls held for posting comments on 'Facebook' questioning the shutdown in the city for Shiv Sena Chief Bal Thackeray's funeral today said she will never again visit the social networking site while police arrested 9 Shiv Sainiks for vandalising her uncle's clinic.

Shaheen Dhada and Renu were arrested for posting comments opposing the Mumbai shutdown. However, they were granted bail after they furnished personal bonds, police said.

"So far, we have arrested nine persons in connection with ransacking the clinic of Abdul Dhada. We are looking for some more people," SP Thane rural Ravindra Sengaokar said.

Shaheen said police was polite to her and she had no complaints against any police personnel."I have apologised for the post," she said adding that whatever happened was unfair.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/bal-thackeray-row-scares-shaheen-dhada-away-from-facebook-forever/1033598/

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India votes against UNGA resolution banning death penalty

 Nov 20 2012

United Nations: India was among the 39 countries that voted against a UN General Assembly draft resolution which called for abolishing the death penalty, saying every nation had the "sovereign right" to determine its own legal system.

The non-binding resolution called for a moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/india-votes-against-unga-resolution-banning-death-penalty/1033666/

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In a veiled snub, India cancels Malik visit

SANDEEP JOSHI

Nov 20 2012

Operationalisation of the new Indo-Pak agreement will be delayed as New Delhi has asked Islamabad to postpone proposed two-day visit of Interior Minister Rehman Malik from November 22.

Though senior Ministry of Home Affairs officials say busy schedule of Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, who is also Leader of the House in Lok Sabha, ahead of Parliament’s Winter session was the main reason behind the rejection, government sources pointed out that Pakistan’s reluctance to punish those responsible for the Mumbai terror attacks was behind this veiled snub.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/in-a-veiled-snub-india-cancels-malik-visit/article4112861.ece

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Assam peace a prisoner to bad rehabilitation policy

Rahul Karmakar, Hindustan Times

 November 20, 2012

Complications in the rehabilitation of the victims of violent clashes between Bodo tribal people and migrant Bengali Muslims in July-August this year have come in the way of peace in western Assam's Bodoland Territorial Autonomous Districts (BTAD).

The government's inability to modify the Assam Relief Manual 1976 to address issues pertaining to people displaced by conflicts is believed to have added to the problem.

Of the 4.85lakh people, more than 36,500 including 3,429 Bodos are yet to move out of 80 relief camps in BTAD and adjoining districts. Some 50,000 Muslims have 'gone missing' after the rehabilitation process began two months ago with a rider - only those possessing patta or land document would be allowed to return to their villages.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/Guwahati/Assam-peace-a-prisoner-to-bad-rehabilitation-policy/Article1-961643.aspx

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Salman, suspected explosives supplier and still a mystery

Johnson T A

Nov 20 2012

Bangalore: Details about a man from Karnataka’s coastal region, believed to be a provider of bomb-making material to the Indian Mujahideen and its key leader Yasin Bhatkal, remain unclear despite police efforts to find out more about him from the interrogation of Fasih Mehmood, an alleged IM operative deported from Saudi Arabia recently.

The man, identified as Salman, has been named as a supplier of detonators and explosives among six absconding persons including the Bhatkals — Riyaz, Iqbal and Yasin — in a list of 14 people, including Fasih Mehmood, who are accused in the Chinnaswamy Stadium blasts of April 17, 2010. Beyond the name, however, a clear identity is yet to emerge.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/salman-suspected-explosives-supplier-and-still-a-mystery/1033257/

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Europe

 

Irish Church Breaks Silence over Savita’s Death Calling It a “Terrible Disaster”

HASAN SUROOR

Nov 20 2012

The Irish Church on Monday broke its silence over the controversy surrounding the country’s abortion law in the wake of Savita Halappanavar’s death with the Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin calling it a “terrible disaster” as 53 members of the European Parliament, in a strongly-worded letter to Ireland’s Prime Minister Enda Kenny, demanded immediate legislation to allow abortion in cases where the mother’s life is in danger

Addressing mass goers, the Archbishop said: “Here’s a family that six weeks ago was going into what should have been one of the happiest moments of their lives — the birth of a new child. Now the whole thing has collapsed into a terrible disaster . . . you just don’t know how the father is standing up to such a terrible disaster.”

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/irish-church-breaks-silence-over-savitas-death/article4112860.ece

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Record number back UN vote against death penalty

20 November 2012

A record 110 countries on Monday backed a resolution voted every two years at a UN General Assembly committee calling for the abolition of the death penalty.

The vote tears apart traditional alliances at the United Nations. The United States, Japan, China, Iran, India, North Korea, Syria and Zimbabwe were among 39 countries to oppose the non-binding resolution in the assembly’s rights committee. Thirty-six countries abstained.

Israel voted against its strong US-ally to join European Union nations, Australia, Brazil and South Africa among major countries backing the motion.

Full report at:

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

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Russia eyes rebirth in classrooms of former foe Afghanistan

November 20, 2012

* Moscow fears the exit of most NATO-led troops will lead to a dangerous power vacuum

KABUL: Russian culture and language are making a surprising comeback in Afghanistan, where the Soviets fought a disastrous decade-long war, as Moscow vies to regain influence ahead of the planned withdrawal of foreign troops.

Bulldozers are clearing the way for a sparkling Russian cultural centre in Kabul, to replace its behemoth, Soviet-era predecessor which for many came to symbolise Moscow's war and its humiliating 1989 defeat that cost 15,000 Soviet lives.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\20\story_20-11-2012_pg7_5

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Growth of Islamophobia leading to extremism

16th November 2012

By Asian Image reporter

A University historian is arguing that the growth of Islamophobia in the UK is leading to an increased culture of extremism in contemporary Britain and Europe.

Dr Matthew Feldman, a reader in contemporary history in Teesside School of Arts & Media, has had a new paper published by Faith Matters - a not for profit organisation which works to reduce extremism and tensions between faiths.

Full report at:

http://www.asianimage.co.uk/news/world/10052592.Growth_of_Islamophobia_leading_to_extremism/

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Kazakh guard accused of killing 15 goes on trial

November 20, 2012

TALDYKORGAN: A Kazakh border guard charged with killing 14 fellow servicemen at a remote frontier post went on trial Monday accused of murder, damage of property and theft of classified documents.

Vladislav Chelakh was the sole survivor of a May tragedy at a Kazakh border post with China that left 14 guards and a huntsman dead. The 15 bodies were found in the burnt-out wreckage of the Argkankergen border control post in the Tian Shan mountain range outside Kazakhstan’s biggest city Almaty.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\20\story_20-11-2012_pg14_6

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All sides in Gaza conflict must immediately halt fire: UN chief

November 20, 2012

CAIRO: UN chief Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday urged all sides to the Gaza conflict to immediately cease their fire, warning at a press conference in Cairo that an escalation would put the entire region at risk.

“All sides must halt fire immediately,” Ban said, as an Israeli military operation against rocket-firing militants in Gaza entered a sixth day, with 109 Palestinians and three Israelis killed.

“Further escalating the situation will put the entire region at risk,” he added.

http://dawn.com/2012/11/20/all-sides-in-gaza-conflict-must-immediately-halt-fire-ban/

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UK aid 'not improving Nigerian education'

November 20, 2012

Millions of pounds of UK government aid to Nigerian schools has failed to produce any major improvement in pupil learning, an independent watchdog says.

The Independent Commission for Aid Impact said the aid scheme was being undermined by a shortage of effective teachers and a lack of local support.

So far £102m has been spent in 10 Nigerian states, with a further £126m committed to 2019.

The UK government said the report had a limited focus but would be reviewed.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20405140

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Kazakh opposition leader's conviction upheld

Vladimir Kozlov will face seven-and-a-half years in jail on charges relating to causing unrest in December last year.

20 Nov 2012 02:52

A court in Kazakhstan has upheld the conviction of an opposition leader who was accused of inciting unrest and plotting to overthrow the government.

The court in the western city of Aktau ruled on Monday that Vladimir Kozlov, the leader of the Alga party, would have to face seven-and-a-half years in jail.

Full report at:

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/11/2012112014241866641.html

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France ends combat mission in Afghanistan

20 November 2012

France ended its last combat mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday, withdrawing troops from a strategic province northeast of Kabul as part of an accelerated departure from the war-torn country.

Paris has said all French combat soldiers will leave next month, two years before allied nations contributing to the 100,000-strong International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) led by the United States are due to depart.

Around 1,500 French soldiers will stay into 2013 to take responsibility for repatriating equipment and training the Afghan army to take over when all NATOcombat troops leave in 2014.

Full report at:

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

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North America

 

4 US men charged in alleged terror plot, joining al-Qaida and the Taliban: FBI

Nov 20, 2012

LOS ANGELES: Federal authorities say four California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans overseas and in the United States by joining al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says the defendants are under arrest for plotting to bomb government facilities and public places.

According to the federal complaint unsealed Monday during initial appearances, 34-year-old Sohiel Omar Kabir introduced two other California men to the radical Islamist doctrine of Anwar al-Awlaki, a deceased al-Qaida leader.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/4-US-men-charged-in-alleged-terror-plot-FBI/articleshow/17290811.cms

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US expert says Pakistan relationship is like 'salvaging a troubled marriage'

 Nov 20 2012

Washington : As the Barack Obama administration braces up for its second term in office, a noted American expert has said it is time for the US to scale back its relationship with Pakistan, although Washington needs to have a long-term tie with Islamabad.

"A retooled relationship with Pakistan -- scaled back yet long term -- will be most effective if its designers and implementers are mindful of what has and has not worked in the recent past," said Michael Kugelman, South Asia senior program associate for the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/us-expert-says-pakistan-relationship-is-like-salvaging-a-troubled-marriage/1033560/

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US opposes UN action on Gaza that undermines ceasefire: Rice

 Nov 20, 201

UNITED NATIONS: The United States will not allow a UN Security Council statement on the Gaza conflict that undermines efforts to reach a ceasefire, US ambassador Susan Rice said Monday.

But after new talks between the 15-nation council, Russia announced that unless a statement calling for hostilities to end was agreed by Wednesday morning it would press for a full resolution — a move which the United States could veto.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-opposes-UN-action-on-Gaza-that-undermines-ceasefire-Rice/articleshow/17289460.cms

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Obama sends Hillary Clinton to Middle East amid Gaza crisis

Nov 20, 2012

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia: President Barack Obama is sending secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton to the Middle East in hopes that she can help mediate an end to bloody conflict in the region.

A deputy White House national security adviser says Clinton will depart Tuesday from Cambodia, where she had accompanied Obama on a visit to Southeast Asia.

Clinton will begin her Mideast diplomacy by meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem. She also will meet with Palestinian officials in Ramallah before heading to Cairo to meet with leaders in Egypt.

Israel has been firing rockets into the Gaza Strip in an attempt to end months of rocket fire out of the Hamas-ruled territory.

The US says Israel has a right to defend itself.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Obama-sends-Hillary-Clinton-to-Middle-East-amid-Gaza-crisis/articleshow/17292276.cms

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Florida city names Nov 17 as Kashmiri Hindu Heritage Day

 Nov 20 2012

Washington : A Florida city has declared November 17 as the 'Kashmiri Hindu Heritage Day', in recognition of the resilience of Kashmiri Hindus who were displaced from their homeland two decades back.

The proclamation in this regard was issued by Andre Pierre, Mayor of the City of North Miami - one of the largest cities in South Florida.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/florida-city-names-nov-17-as-kashmiri-hindu-heritage-day/1033626/

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Panel answers questions about Islam during forum at Morton Grove library

By Gail-Tzipporah Saunders, Special to the Tribune

November 19, 2012

About 85 people came to the Morton Grove library on a recent evening to learn more about Islam. A question written on a card for the Muslim panellists got to the heart of misunderstandings that the event was designed to address.

"Where are the cries of outrage over terrorist attacks?" it asked.

"Do we not assume that we're repulsed by it?" said panellist Omer Mozaffar, a lecturer at the University of Chicago in the Asian Classics program at the Graham School.

Full report at:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/ct-tl-morton-grove-muslim-meeting-20121119,0,6029332.story

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Radical Islamists form first Sharia law community in USA

11-19-2012

Yes. The headline may be hard to believe. But it is correct. America’s first Islamic government has been established, sitting on American soil. Located in Hancock, NY, this Islamic town is right there for anyone to… well, not actually for anyone to see.

Hidden in the Catskills Mountains, this Islamic town sits on more than 80-acres of land, surrounded by trees, rolling hills, lakes and, most importantly, armed guards that protect it.

It’s a city within a city. Their Islamic leaders called it “The Town of Islamberg.”

Full report at:

http://www.libertynewsonline.com/article_301_32551.php

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Mideast Asia

 

Israel waits on ground assault, death toll in Gaza 111

Nov 20, 2012

GAZA CITY: Israel temporarily put on hold a decision on a possible ground invasion of Gaza to give more time to Egypt's truce efforts, but seven days of incessant raids took the Palestinian death toll to 111 amid warnings by Hamas that it won't succumb to Israeli conditions.

Israel's cabinet met late last night to discuss the latest ceasefire initiatives with Hamas, on the bloodiest day yet of the military offensive when over 30 Palestinians were killed in multiple strikes.

As UN chief Ban Ki-moon stepped into the Egypt-led efforts to strike a ceasefire, the Security Council wrangled over an Arab-proposed statement calling for Israel-Hamas hostilities to end, with Russia expressing frustration over the silence on the issue and blaming the US for blocking any action.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-waits-on-ground-assault-death-toll-in-Gaza-111/articleshow/17291296.cms

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Gaza Crisis Poses Threat to Faction Favoured by U.S.

By ETHAN BRONNER

RAMALLAH, West Bank — In the daily demonstrations here of solidarity with Gaza, a mix of sympathy and anguish, there is something else: growing identification with the Islamist fighters of Hamas and derision for the Palestinian Authority, which Washington considers the only viable partner for peace with Israel.

“Strike a blow on Tel Aviv!” proclaimed the lyrics of a new hit song blasting from shops and speakers at Monday’s demonstration, in a reference to Hamas rockets that made it nearly to Israel’s economic and cultural capital. “Don’t let the Zionists sleep! We don’t want a truce or a solution! Oh, Palestinians, you can be proud!”

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/20/world/middleeast/hamas-strengthens-as-palestinian-

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We are ready to invade Gaza, but prefer diplomacy, Israel says

Nov 19, 2012

GAZA/JERUSALEM: Israel bombed dozens of targets in Gaza on Monday and said that while it was prepared to step up its offensive by sending in troops, it preferred a diplomatic solution that would end Palestinian rocket fire from the enclave.

Mediator Egypt said a deal for a truce to end the fighting could be close. The leader of Hamas said it was up to Israel to end the new conflict it had started. Israel says its strikes are to halt Palestinian missile attacks.

Twelve Palestinian civilians and four fighters were killed in the air strikes, bringing the Gaza death toll since fighting began on Wednesday to 90, more than half of them non-combatants, local officials said. Three Israeli civilians have been killed.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/We-are-ready-to-invade-Gaza-but-prefer-diplomacy-Israel-says/articleshow/17284183.cms

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Court cleared Iranian woman and her partner of illicit sex charge

Marie Nammour / 20 November 2012

The Court of Misdemeanours has cleared an Iranian woman and her partner of the charge of illicit consensual sex after they produced a marriage confirmation certificate.

The case dates back to May when the 30-year-old woman on a visit visa called the police after she spotted her husband, the 40-year-old defendant, in a hypermarket in Hor Al Anz in Muraqqabat.

Full report at:

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

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Israeli airstrike targets top Jihad terrorists in Gaza

Airstrike on building where local, foreign news organizations have offices leaves at least one senior Islamic commander dead, others injured

Yoav Zitun, Elior Levy

11.19.12,

In what the Shin Bet security service dubbed as one of the most successful intelligence-based operations since the assault on Gaza began last week, four senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorists were hit during an airstrike on a high-rise in downtown Gaza City where a number of local and foreign news organizations have offices.

Full report at:

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4308614,00.html

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Hoisting Dead Children, Gazans Mourn Family Killed by Israeli Strike

By JODI RUDOREN

November 20, 2012

GAZA CITY — Sweat streamed through the beards of three men clutching the body of 7-year-old Jamal Dalu as they raced through the streets toward his final resting place here amid bursts from assault rifles fired into the air and shouts of “God is great.” They occasionally bent to kiss the boy’s bare, bloodied head or shrouded feet. But they had to jog to stay ahead of the body of his father on a grand wooden pallet, and thousands who thronged on all sides.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/20/world/middleeast/gazans-mourn-dalu-family-killed-

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Iran culture ministry hosts Egyptian cineastes

2012/11/17

An Egyptian cultural delegation has visited the Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini during a meeting held in Tehran.

A number of ministry officials along with the Iranian cineaste Mehdi Faqih attended the meeting held on November 15, 2012.

Fostering the cultural relations was discussed between two sides while the countries’ potentials for the purpose were reviewed, Mehr News Agency reports.

Full report at:

http://presstv.com/detail/2012/11/17/272906/egyptian-cineastes-visit-iran-minister/

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Islamic Jihad Vows to Give Crippling Response to Israeli Ground Invasion of Gaza

2012-11-18

TEHRAN (FNA)- Representative of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad Movement to Tehran Nasser Abusharif warned the Zionist regime about the consequences of any ground assault on Gaza, stressing that Palestinian groups will give a crippling response to any possible Israeli land invasion.

"In case of a ground invasion of Gaza, we will paralyze every part of the occupied territories," Abusharif told FNA in Tehran on Sunday, stressing that the Zionist regime which is shocked by the Palestinian groups' retaliatory moves and is aware of its weaknesses is not willing to a stage ground attack on Gaza.

Full report at:

http://english.farsnews.com/newstext.php?nn=9107120256

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Israel, Hamas trade fire and tough truce proposals

Nov 20, 2012

GAZA CITY: Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers traded fire and tough cease-fire proposals Monday, and threatened to escalate their border conflict if diplomacy fails. No deal appeared near.

An Israeli airstrike targeting a Gaza media center killed a senior militant and engulfed the building in flames, while Gaza fighters fired 95 rockets at Israel, nearly one-third of them intercepted by an Israeli missile shield.

A total of 38 Palestinians were killed Monday. Two more Palestinians were killed in airstrikes past midnight, bringing the death toll since the start of Israel's offensive to 111, including 56 civilians. Some 840 people have been wounded, including 225 children, Gaza heath officials said. Three Israeli civilians have been killed and dozens have been wounded.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-Hamas-trade-fire-and-tough-truce-proposals/articleshow/17288675.cms

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Israel puts ‘temporary hold’ on Gaza ground operation

November 20, 2012

JERUSALEM / CAIRO: Senior Israeli ministers decided overnight to hold off from launching a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip to give Egyptian-led truce efforts a chance to work, a senior Israeli official said Tuesday.

“A decision was taken that for the time being there is a temporary hold on the ground incursion to give diplomacy a chance to succeed,” he told AFP.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/468556/israel-puts-temporary-hold-on-gaza-ground-operation/

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In Southern Israel, Urban Dwellers Learn to Sprint for Bomb Shelters

By ISABEL KERSHNER

November 20, 2012

ASHKELON, Israel — In the cities of southern Israel, people now measure the distance from Gaza in seconds, not miles, counting the time it takes for an incoming Palestinian rocket to hit.

In this coastal city about 10 miles north of Gaza, with a population of about 120,000, the residents have 30 seconds to run for cover. So when the air-raid siren pierced the tense quiet at lunchtime on Monday and several rockets roared toward the city, Ruti Toledano, 55, stopped cutting apples for a cake, she said, and ran with her grandchildren to a communal bomb shelter near her house.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/20/world/middleeast/in-southern-israel-running-to-

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Armed man attacks US Embassy guard in Tel Aviv

November 20, 2012

Israeli police say a suspect wielding a knife and an ax attacked a security guard at the US Embassy in Tel Aviv but has been detained. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says the guard opened fire in the air during the attack on Tuesday. Rosenfeld says the suspect is being held at the scene.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/RestOfAsia/Armed-man-attacks-US-Embassy-guard-in-Tel-Aviv/Article1-961851.aspx

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Arab World

 

Bahrain ‘police used excessive force on Shiite’: interior ministry

November 19, 2012

Dubai Bahrain’s interior ministry found police used “excessive force” during efforts to stop Shiites attend a prayer gathering earlier this month, it said on Monday.

On November 9, police fired teargas and blocked roads to stop thousands of Shiites joining prayers led by one of their spiritual leaders - an event which appeared to flout a ban on rallies imposed a few weeks before.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/bahrain/bahrain-police-used-excessive-force-on-shiite-1.1107366

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Saudi beheads Palestinian for 'setting up gang'

Convicted of forming a gang to perform robberies, according to the Saudi Interior Ministry, Palestinian Mohammed al-Khalili was beheaded

19 Nov 2012

A Palestinian was beheaded in Saudi Arabia on Monday after being convicted of forming a gang to carry out robberies in the kingdom, the interior ministry said.

Mohammed al-Khalili "formed a gang with others that carries out thefts, burglaries, and robbery against homes," said the statement carried by the official SPA news agency.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/58608/World/Region/Saudi-beheads-Palestinian-for-setting-up-gang.aspx

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Emirati jailed for assaulting Asian housemaid

Mustafa Al Zarooni / 20 November 2012

A man who hired an Asian housemaid and sexually assaulted her has been sentenced to 10 years jail by the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court. He has also been ordered to pay her a sum of Dh200, 000.

The lower court’s verdict was upheld by the Court of Appeals as well as the apex court.

When the man visited an Asian country, he came across a young girl who had a special charm. He offered her a job as a housemaid and tempted her with several other offers. The girl and her family accepted the offers and accompanied the accused to Abu Dhabi to work as a maid in his house where she could stay with his wife and children.

Full report at:

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

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Islamists reject Syria opposition bloc as clashes rage

 Nov 20, 2012

BEIRUT: The main Islamist rebel groups in Aleppo, a key front line in Syria's civil war, on Monday rejected the newly formed opposition bloc, saying they want an Islamic state, as clashes raged countrywide.

"We, the fighting squads of Aleppo city and province, unanimously reject the conspiratorial project called the National Coalition and announce our consensus to establish an Islamic state" in Syria, a spokesman announced in an Internet video.

"We reject any external coalitions or councils imposed on us at home from any party whatsoever," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Islamists-reject-Syria-opposition-bloc-as-clashes-rage/articleshow/17288909.cms

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Lebanese Hezbollah Urges Arab States to Arm Hamas

November 20, 2012

BEIRUT (AP) — The leader of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group has called on Arab states to send weapons to Gaza's Hamas to fight Israel.

Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech late Monday that Arab leaders should deliver "more missiles to the Palestinian resistance in Gaza" to counter Israel's offensive.

The week-old fighting has killed 113 Palestinians, including 54 civilians. The operation was in response to Hamas pounding Israeli towns with rockets. Three Israeli civilians have also been killed in the latest offensive, which started with Israel killing Hamas' military chief.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/11/20/world/middleeast/ap-ml-lebanon-gaza-.html?ref=middleeast

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Egypt-mediated ceasefire talks in progress

ATUL ANEJA

Nov 20 2012

After six days of punishing Israeli air strikes and Palestinian counterattacks with rockets, tough negotiations have opened up in Cairo, that hope to achieve much more than an immediate ceasefire.

Two heavyweights — Hamas’ leaders in exile Khaled Meshal and Moussa Abu Marzouk — have been joined by top guns of other Palestinian factions, including Ramadan Shalah of the Islamic Jihad and Nabil Shaath of Fatah, for talks with Egyptian mediators.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/egyptmediated-ceasefire-talks-in-progress/article4110661.ece

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Yunus: Let the young give free rein to their imagination

 20 November 2012

Nobel Prize-winning father of microfinance Muhammad Yunus described today’s youth as the most empowered generation in mankind’s history.

“They have this all-powerful advantage of technology that no generation in the past had,” he said while delivering a lecture at Dammam’s King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) on Sunday.

“If you combine the fabulous resources that you have here in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states with the creative and imaginative power of the young men and women, it will unleash a new era of progress and prosperity,” he said. “Give these youngsters the space to come up with new business ideas and inventions.”

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/yunus-let-young-give-free-rein-their-imagination

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15th Arab Creative Students Forum under way at Imam University

 20 November 2012

The 15th Arab Creative Students Forum to encourage student creativity in scientific activities and cultural and artistic endeavours opened at the Imam Mohammad bin Saud Islamic University (IMSIU) on Saturday.

Imam University is the first Saudi university to host the “Arab Universities and Development” event, organized under the supervision of the deanship of talent, creativity and excellence at the university and in cooperation with the Arab Council for the Training of Students of Arab Universities.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/15th-arab-creative-students-forum-under-way-imam-university

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Kurdish Commander Warns of Battle Against Iraq

November 20, 2012

BAGHDAD (AP) — The commander of Kurdish Peshmerga forces is warning that his troops might attack Iraqi government soldiers "at any minute," after Baghdad sent tanks and armored vehicles toward a disputed city.

The threat is the latest sign of heightened tensions over Iraq's declaration of a new military command in the area, including disputed segments. The Kurdish region has an autonomous government.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/11/20/world/middleeast/ap-ml-

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Hariri killing: Prosecutor to call 557 witnesses

November 19, 2012

The Hague The chief prosecutor for the UN-backed Special Tribunal for Lebanon plans to call 557 witnesses to testify in the trial over the 2005 bombing that killed Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri, a court document said Monday.

Four members of the powerful Hezbollah movement are to go on trial in absentia next year for the massive car bomb attack that killed Hariri and 22 others including a suicide bomber on February 14, 2005.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/lebanon/hariri-killing-prosecutor-to-call-557-witnesses-1.1107363

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South Asia

 

“Everybody running the state as they please”: President Waheed

By JJ Robinson | November 19th, 2012

President Mohamed Waheed Hassan told a rally on the island Kinolhas in Raa Atoll over the weekend that the Maldives “does not have a leader now.”

“As some people [say], the Maldives does not have a leader now. Lots of leaders are here, and all are of the same level. And so then everybody runs the state as they please,” Waheed told the rally.

“And the senior leader should not say anything. If he does, then it’s time to take away his post quickly,” Waheed said.

Waheed’s remarks came amid rising tension between parliament and the executive following the arrest of two opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) MPs and an MP from the ruling coalition, Abdulla Jabir, on charges of a consumption of alcohol.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/everybody-running-the-state-as-they-please-president-waheed-47622

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Maldives Human Rights minister sacked over anti-police comments

 Nov 20 2012

Male : Maldives government sacked its human rights minister after she publicly criticised police for arresting opposition members and accused them of brutally beating her lawmaker husband for allegedly drinking alcohol.

Fathimath Dhiyana Saeed was dismissed as the Gender, Human Rights and Family Minister for "her actions and statements as a minister".

Media Secretary of the President's Office Masood Imad said: "It should not be the way a government Minister must behave".

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/maldives-human-rights-minister-sacked-over-antipolice-comments/1033651/

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48 Jamaat-Shibir men held in Narayanganj

2 cases filed for Monday's vandalism

Nov 20 2012

Police in an overnight drive on Monday arrested 48 leaders and activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir for the vandalism in Narayanganj city.

Meanwhile, police filed two cases with Narayanganj Sadar Model Police Station Monday night on charges of attacking law enforcers, vandalizing police van and setting it on fire, reports our Narayanganj correspondent.

Jamaat district Ameer Maulana Mainuddin, its finance secretary Jubaid and Shibir president of Rupganj upazila unit Mohammad Ali are among the arrestees.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=42584

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Afghan loses death penalty appeal over French deaths

20 November 2012

KABUL: A military court has rejected an appeal by an Afghan soldier sentenced to death for killing five French troops in an insider attack in January, an official said Monday.

So-called green-on-blue attacks have spiraled this year, with a total of 61 NATOtroops killed by members of the Afghan security forces, fueling distrust between the allies in the war against Taleban Islamist insurgents.

The French casualties prompted France to withdraw combat forces from Afghanistan earlier than planned.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/afghan-loses-death-penalty-appeal-over-french-deaths

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Myanmar under immense strain to stop violence

 19 November 2012

PHNOM PENH: Myanmar is under immense pressure to stop unabated violence against the minority Rohingya Muslims, which is allegedly being orchestrated by security forces in tandem with a political party supporting the radical nationalists.

Taking the issue under consideration, Southeast Asian leaders attending the annual Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has decided to put pressure on Myanmar to resolve violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims, a senior regional official said yesterday. The unrest has left scores dead and as many as 100,000 people displaced since June.

Full report at:

http://www.arabnews.com/myanmar-under-immense-strain-stop-violence

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Hard choices as Afghanistan seeks to exploit mineral riches

20 November 2012

Huge riches lie buried below the dusty plains and mountains of Afghanistan — both mineral wealth and historical treasures accumulated over thousands of years.

As the country seeks to build a prosperous and peaceful future after more than 30 years of war, it is facing a dilemma between exploiting the resources that can make it rich and preserving its archaeological heritage.

At Mes Aynak, an ancient Buddhist site around 50 kilometres (30 miles) from Kabul, the Afghan government has chosen: in 2007 the China Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC) successfully bid for the rights to lease the area for 30 years and exploit an 11.5 million tonne copper ore deposit.

Full report at:

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

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Rohingya: Suu Kyi’s comments irk Dhaka

HAROON HABIB

Nov 20 2012

Bangladesh has expressed surprise over Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s comments about Rohingyas — calling them illegal migrants from Bangladesh.

The Foreign Ministry, Dhaka, said the Rohingya Muslims had been living in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine for centuries and that they could not be Bangladeshis as the country was founded only in 1971.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/rohingya-suu-kyis-comments-irk-dhaka/article4112656.ece

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Southeast Asia

 

Jakarta Looks to One-Gender Schools to End Violent High School Rivalry

Jakarta Globe | November 19, 2012

Students of Jakarta’s notoriously violent SMAN 70 and SMAN 6 high schools will be “dating” each other instead of brawling in the streets under a proposal to make the schools gender specific, an education official said on Monday.

The Jakarta Teachers’ Forum presented a proposal to make SMAN 6 a girls-only school and SMAN 70 a boys-only facility to Jakarta Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama on Monday.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/jakarta-looks-to-one-gender-schools-to-end-violent-high-school-rivalry/557056

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Philippine police to ask rebels to catch massacre group

November 20, 2012

MANILA: Philippine police said Monday they would ask Muslim separatist rebels currently holding peace talks with the government to help catch 92 suspects in the country’s worst political massacre.

They said they would request that government peace negotiators ask the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, the country’s largest Muslim armed group, for help in tracking down the remaining suspects in the 2009 massacre of 58 people. However MILF vice-chairman Ghadzali Jaafar said his group would have to take up the request with its top leadership before deciding. “We will have to meet in the central committee. We are an organisation, we decide collectively,” he told AFP.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\20\story_20-11-2012_pg4_5

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Africa

 

Riot in Kenya after bus bombing kills nine in capital

 Nov 19, 2012

NAIROBI: Kenyan police fired bullets and tear gas in downtown Nairobi on Monday in an effort to stop rioters from fighting with ethnic Somalis one day after an improvised explosive device ripped through a bus and killed nine people.

The fighting exposes increasing tensions between the sizable ethnic Somali-Kenyan community and Kenyan groups with no ties to Somalia. Tensions have been rising over the last year as attackers have carried out a series of grenade and bomb attacks in Kenya, including several on Christian churches.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Riot-in-Kenya-after-bus-bombing-kills-nine-in-capital/articleshow/17285247.cms

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Australia

 

Australian ‘collar bomber’ jailed for at least 10 years

20 November 2012

An Australian investment banker who attached a fake bomb around the neck of a Sydney schoolgirl in a bid to extort money from her wealthy family was Tuesday jailed for at least 10 years.

Paul Peters, 52, who was arrested and extradited from the United States in September last year with the help of the FBI, pleaded guilty to aggravated breaking and entering, and detaining the teenager for advantage.

The father-of-three made global headlines when he broke into the multimillion-dollar Pulver family home wearing a mask and strapped a device to 18-year-old Madeleine’s neck with a note claiming it was a bomb in August 2011.

Full report at:

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

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