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Islamic World News ( 23 Jul 2010, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Suicide attacks kill at least 48 in Iraq

Indian government launches website on Taj Mahal

US missile strike kills 16 militants in Pakistan: Official

India, Pak should demilitarise Siachen: Asif Ali Zardari

Iran cuts off hands of five thieves

Women in veils denied bus ride in UK

Hizbul Mujahideen chief says frequent strikes in Kashmir not good option

US lawmakers call for withdrawal of 'secret' American troops operating in Pakistan

Muslim meet to discuss RTE Act

Key Taleban figures captured

Kashmir: No prayers in Jamia on 4th Friday

Sohrabuddin case: Gujarat minister Amit Shah resigns

Kashmir not the reason for Pak terrorism: Experts

Abu Salem attacked inside Mumbai jail by Dawood gang member

Our borders follow us even in death

Spanish activists sue Israel over Gaza flotilla raid

Utah Islamic Center raises $100,000 for new mosque, school

Secularism is an Islamic doctrine

My take: Why Americans should care about Ahmadiyya Muslims

Myth of 72 virgins grossly misrepresents Islam

Kayanis 3-yr extension may queer the pitch for India

Ahmadinejad says Russia part of anti-Iran campaign

Al Qaeda claims Yemen attacks, vows more strikes

Al-Qaida claims it was behind twin Iraq bombings

Lashkar chief among three killed in Bajaur

Times Square Plotter Met Taliban Chief

US woefully unprepared for nuclear attack: Study

Bahraini women ‘lack rights awareness’

Pak using US funds for war on terror to bolster military might

Arrest warrant for 102 coup suspects in Turkey

War Crimes Tribunal to arrest 5 more Jamaat leaders

Iran aims to put man in space by 2019

Terror threat during Games

On the run for 8 months, ISI agent nabbed by cops

I like experimenters in religion: Sudhir Kakar    

Justice as Tolerance: 9/11, Islam and New York City

Admiral Mullen flies to Pakistan amid US concern over militants

Georgie Anne Geyer: Ground Zero Mosque is a bad idea

Legal support for embattled wives 

Antony tells US to monitor arms supply to Pakistan

India, US sign pact to counter terrorism

Omar plans to release Hurriyat separatists

Shoura Council to review draft mortgage law after Ramadan

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Suicide attacks kill at least 48 in Iraq

July 24, 2010

A suicide bomber ripped through a line of anti-al-Qaida Sunni fighters waiting to collect their paychecks near an Iraqi military base as nearly 50 people were killed in violence west of Baghdad.

The attack is the deadliest this year against the groups that turned against the terror network amid an apparent campaign by insurgents to undermine confidence in the government security forces and their allies.

The attacks on the Awakening Council members highlighted the daunting security challenges the country faces as the U.S. works to withdraw all combat troops in Iraq.

The first attack Sunday morning by a single bomber with an explosive vest killed at least 45 people and wounded more than 40 at a checkpoint near a military base in the mostly Sunni district of Radwaniya southwest of Baghdad.

Some 150 Sunni fighters had lined up to collect their paychecks when the bomber struck, according to witnesses.

"I ran, thinking that I was a dead man," said Uday Khamis, 24, speaking outside the Mahmoudiyah hospital where many of the wounded were taken. His left hand was bandaged and his clothes were stained with blood.

At least a dozen men, dressed in military-style uniforms were seen laying in pools of blood in front of a blast wall in footage obtained by the Associated Press Television shortly after the blast.

There were conflicting reports as to how many of the dead were Iraqi soldiers and whether accountants who were killed as they were handing out money were civilian or military.

In the second attack, a suspected militant stormed into a local Awakening Council headquarters in the far western town of Qaim near the Syrian border and opened fire on those inside.

The town and the vast desert province of Anbar, were for years the epicenter of the Sunni Arab insurgency and a sanctuary for al-Qaida.

The fighters returned fire, wounding the attacker, who then blew himself up as they gathered around him, killing three and wounding six others, police officials said on condition of anonymity.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Two other members of the Sunni militia were also wounded in other minor attacks south of Baghdad.

While violence has dropped dramatically over the past two years in the country, Iraqi security forces remain a favorite target for insurgents bent on destabilizing the country and its Shiite-led government.

The attack also raised to the surface the festering resentment on the part of some Awakening Council members toward a government they said has largely marginalized them, even though their decision to fight alongside the Americans has made them targets for Sunni extremists.

The complaints take on greater urgency given Iraq's current political stalemate and the scheduled withdrawal of all U.S. combat forces by the end of August.

More than four months after March's inconclusive parliamentary election, Iraq has yet to form a new government as politicians bicker over who will lead the country. The impasse has raised fears that militants will try to exploit the political vacuum to re-ignite sectarian tensions that brought Iraq to the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007.

While the Awakening Councils played a key role in reducing the overall level of violence in Iraq, their future role in the Shiite-dominated government is uncertain.

The U.S. used to pay the monthly salaries of about $300 to the nearly 100,000-strong militias. Last year, the Iraqi government took over paying their salaries and, after heavy pressure from the Americans, agreed to absorb up to 20 percent of the fighters into its security forces, while giving the others government jobs.

"The government has not provided job opportunities to the heroes who fought al-Qaida," Sheik Efan Saadoun, a member of the provincial council in Anbar said. "Therefore, these heroes are not willing to fight al-Qaida because they have not received what they deserved."

Others appeared to imply that the government was at least complicit in the attacks Sunday.

Khamis, the bombing victim, said while men are usually searched at the checkpoint where the bomber struck, on Sunday they were allowed to line up without any checks.

Hassan Ali, who was waiting at the hospital with his wounded nephew, said also this was the fifth day they had gone to the base to try and collect their paychecks.

"Every time they went to receive their salary, they told them to come the next day and they did that for four days and now in the fifth day this explosion took place," he said.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/jul/24/suicide-attacks-kill-at-least-48-in-iraq/

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Indian government launches website on Taj Mahal

Jul 24, 2010

Agra is a great popular tourist destination in India. Due to its world heritage sites, Agra attracts the visitors from all over the worlds. Taj Mahal is the one among the Seven Wonders of the World. Recently the Taj Mahal voted as the first wonder of the world. To improve the tourism, the Indian government created an official website on the Taj Mahal. The website, www.TajMahal.gov offers more information about this wonder to the visitors. The site also provides information in depth about the history of Taj.

The site not only gives the information about the historical background of the white marble but also provides the details of its ticket rates and timings. The director general of tourism and secretary tourism of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. Ananeesh Kumar Awasthi launched this Taj Mahal website on Thursday. According to the Ananeesh Kumar, the site generates more interest and also provides the answers and solutions of a number of problems that are generally faced by the tourist.

Two other new versions are also created in Urdu and Hindi languages respectively. The home page of website shows the panoramic view of the Taj and the viewers can also see the back, front and sides of the Taj Mahal. An official of tourism said, “Subsequently other monuments like Fatehpur Sikri, Sikandra, Etmauddaula and Agra Fort too will have their websites.” This website is just similar to the www.Tour-Eiffel.fr, which is launched by the French to show information about the most popular Eiffel Tower.

With the important information about the building of Taj Mahal, the site also contains the videos and images of the building. At the end of the website, a counter shows the number of visits, which is used to determine the popularity of the website. Taj Mahal was made in Indian, Islamic and Persian styles and was announced in 1993 as UNESCO World Heritage Site.

http://www.allindiatoday.com/7892/indian-government-launches-website-on-taj-mahal

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US missile strike kills 16 militants in Pakistan: Official

Jul 24, 2010

ISLAMABAD: US missiles hit a suspected militant hide-out killing 16 insurgents in a troubled Pakistani tribal region along the Afghan border before dawn Saturday, intelligence officials said.

Six missiles struck a compound in the Nazai Narai area of south Waziristan.

The hide-out was known to be frequented by foreign fighters who were among the dead, two intelligence officials said.

The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to go on the record, said agents were trying to get more details about the identities and nationalities of the dead.

Army spokesmen were not immediately available for comment. US missile strikes regularly pound extremist targets in the northwest. South Waziristan has witnessed several major Pakistani military operations since the Sept 11 attacks on the United States.

Washington has relied heavily on its covert missile campaign to take out al-Qaida, Afghan Taliban and their local supporters in North and South Waziristan tribal regions, which are hiding places for insurgents.

The vast majority of strikes have hit targets in North Waziristan - home to several militant networks that attack US forces in Afghanistan. Although Pakistan publicly condemns the missile strikes, it has secretly helped Washington in previous attacks.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/US-missile-strike-kills-16-militants-in-Pakistan-Official/articleshow/6209234.cms

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India, Pak should demilitarise Siachen: Asif Ali Zardari

Jul 24, 2010

ISLAMABAD: India and Pakistan should demilitarise the Siachen glacier as the troop deployment on the snowy heights has become a burden on the exchequers of the two countries, President Asif Ali Zardari has said.

Zardari's fresh comments on the glacier on which the two countries have held a number of rounds of talks at the defence secretary-level came days after the parleys between the foreign ministers' of the two countries here.

The time has come to demilitarise the Siachen glacier because of the high cost of the troop deployments, Zardari told the media last night at the chief minister's house in the southern city of Karachi.

He claimed that the Indian army's expenditure on troops deployed on Siachen was more than that of Pakistan. Despite this, Pakistan had suggested to India that both countries should withdraw their forces from the region, he said.

On the foreign minister-level talks between the two countries on July 15, Zardari claimed that India's domestic politics was responsible for glitches in the parleys.

However, Zardari said Pakistan was hopeful about the resumption of "meaningful dialogue" with India.

Addressing another gathering at the same venue, the president said Pakistan had hired an international firm to work as an arbitrator to resolve differences with India on the sharing of river waters.

Since India had not come up with a viable solution to the water issue, Pakistan opted for international arbitration, he said.

"The first time I met (Indian Prime Minister) Manmohan Singh, the first thing I spoke to him about was water. I am talking about the time almost two years ago, when I had just become president and I was at a UN programme where I met Manmohan Singh," he told the gathering.

"When (Singh) met me again, he said if there is a dispute on water, then you can go to the World Bank, you can go to the adjudicating authorities with your problem and we will not mind that," he said.

Zardari said he had then consulted the water and power ministry and the federal government and Pakistan hired an international firm as an arbitrator to negotiate with the World Bank and the Indian government on the water problem.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-Pak-should-demilitarise-Siachen-Asif-Ali-Zardari-/articleshow/6209956.cms

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Iran cuts off hands of five thieves

July 24, 2010

TEHRAN - Iran amputated the hands of five convicted thieves inside a prison in the western city of Hamedan on Thursday, the

semi-official ILNA news agency said.

“The average age of the five thieves on whom the hand amputation verdict was carried out was over 25 and they had

committed major thefts,” the agency quoted local judiciary official Akbar Biglari as saying.

Biglari said the amputation verdict is not automatic for all those who commit a theft and some 14 criteria should be met before

the punishment is carried out.

Full report at:

http://www.torontosun.com/news/world/2010/07/22/14789216.html

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Women in veils denied bus ride in UK

24 Jun, 2010

LONDON: London bus company Metroline said in a statement on Friday that it was investigating claims by two Muslim women that they were not allowed to get on a bus in the capital because one of them was wearing a face veil.

The company confirmed an incident involving two 22-year-old students from Slough, Berkshire took place on a

No 7 bus at Russell Square on Tuesday.

The firm said the women had made a complaint to Transport for London (TfL) and that Metroline was following it up, but stressed it was still merely an allegation at this stage.

Interviewed by the BBC, Yasmin, who was wearing a hijab, which leaves the face and hands uncovered, and Atoofa, dressed in a niqab which covers the face but leaves the area around the eyes open, said they were stopped from boarding because of their appearance.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/uk/Women-in-veils-denied-bus-ride-in-UK/articleshow/6207265.cms

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Hizbul Mujahideen chief says frequent strikes in Kashmir not good option

Jul 24, 2010

SRINAGAR: Amid frequent strikes called by separatists in the Kashmir Valley, Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Sallahuddin has said such protests were not a good option as the common man was suffering badly.

"This movement is not for two or four days, it will take time...so continuous strikes are not a good option. The movement should continue and educational institutions and economy should run simultaneously," he said.

"There should be a strategy and direction to the movement so that people don't suffer and the ongoing movement against India continues. The hartal call can be given in a phased manner so that common man is not put to trouble and the education of children continues," he told a local news agency.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Hizbul-Mujahideen-chief-says-frequent-strikes-in-Kashmir-not-good-option/articleshow/6210270.cms

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US lawmakers call for withdrawal of 'secret' American troops operating in Pakistan

Jul 24, 2010

WASHINGTON: Two US lawmakers have proposed a bill demanding the withdrawal of all American troops from Pakistan.

The resolution, expected to be taken up in the House of Representatives next week, would require the Obama administration to pull American military trainers out of Pakistan by the end of the year.

"We have known that US forces have been operating in secret inside the territories of Pakistan without congressional approval," The Daily Times quoted Dennis Kucinich, a Democratic Representative, as saying.

Citing the 1973 War Powers Resolution, introduced after the Vietnam War, Kucinich said that the Obama administration had violated the Act, as it "only allows the President to send US armed forces into military operations abroad if the Congress approves the decision or if the US is under a serious threat or attack".

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-lawmakers-call-for-withdrawal-of-secret-American-troops-operating-in-Pak/articleshow/6210609.cms

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Muslim meet to discuss RTE Act

Vidya Subrahmaniam

Jul 24th, 2010

New Delhi: Leading Muslim ulema, representatives from the All-India Muslim Personal Law Board and the All-India Milli Council, educational and legal experts, including Vice-Chancellors of universities, will discuss the Right to Education Act (RTE) at a conference to be held here on August 5.

The conference was called by the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH), which views the RTE Act as an infringement of Article 30 of the Constitution which gives minorities the right to build and run their own educational institutions.

At a press conference on Friday, the JUH said the meet would deliberate on the many “burning questions” raised by the RTE Act and consider if the law could be amended to “cleanse it of its negative elements.”

Full report at:

http://www.hindu.com/2010/07/24/stories/2010072454711200.htm

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Key Taleban figures captured

By AMIR SHAH

Jul 24, 2010

KABUL: Several Taleban figures, including a former spokesman for the insurgents, have been captured in raids by coalition and Afghan forces across the country, military and government officials said Friday.

Abdul Hay Mutmaeen, a spokesman for the Taleban when they ruled Afghanistan, was among those arrested in operations Thursday night in two villages in Andar district of the eastern province of Ghazni, district chief Sher Khan Yosoufzai said.

The international military force in Afghanistan says it has captured more than 100 senior Taleban figures since April in near-nightly raids targeting the top leaders.

However, the successes have not managed to reduce insurgent attacks.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article89000.ece

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No prayers in Jamia on 4th Friday

Jul 24, 2010

Srinagar: While as severe restrictions prevented people from offering Friday prayers for fourth consecutive week, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq asked the Islamic world to take strong notice and realize its responsibility towards the joint cause. 

Reports and eyewitnesses told Press Bureau of India that like past three weeks, Jamia Masjid, in the heart of the old city remained out of bounds for the worshippers due to imposition of curfew-like restrictions by the state administration to thwart the proposed ‘Khanqah Challo’ march called by Hurriyat Conference (G).

Hundreds of CRPF and policemen, armed sophisticated weapons, enforced strict restrictions in Nowhatta and adjoining areas including Rajouri Kadal, Gojwara and Bohridala.

Full report at:

http://www.kashmirwatch.com/showheadlines.php?subaction=showfull&id=1279913778&archive=&start_from=&ucat=1&var0news=value0news

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Sohrabuddin case: Gujarat minister Amit Shah resigns

Jul 24, 2010

NEW DELHI: Gujarat MoS for home Amit Shah, who was charged with murder in the Sohrabuddin Sheikh fake encounter case on Friday, has resigned from the state ministry. Gujarat CM Narendra Modi has accepted Shah's resignation, Times Now reported.

Modi, who arrived in Delhi in the morning, said: "Amit Shah has sent his resignation to my bungalow in Gandhinagar. I will complete the formalities after returning from here. I accept his resignation."

Accepting Amit Shah's resignation, the Gujarat CM said that he has full faith in the judiciary.

"Amit Shah will fight a legal battle, if he has to," Modi said.

Asked by reporters whether the resignation amounted to accepting that Shah was guilty, Modi said, "He was accepting it because under the Constitution, certain formalities have to be fulfilled", PTI reported.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Sohrabuddin-case-Gujarat-minister-Amit-Shah-resigns/articleshow/6208863.cms

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Kashmir not the reason for Pak terrorism: Experts

Jul 24, 2010

New Delhi, July 23 (ANI): Scholars from the United States and India have said that it is a misperception that Kashmir issue is the reason for Pakistan's support to terrorism. They are of the view that regional disputes are used merely as camouflage for terrorism by Pakistan.

"Understanding of this reality needs to be promoted in the US", the scholars said after two days of in-depth discussions on "Countering Terrorism in South Asia" as part of the ORF-Heritage Dialogue in New Delhi.

US scholars said Washington believes that Pakistan is both the problem and solution of the problem. They said the US is in dire need of Pakistan's cooperation to end the war in Afghanistan and also for intelligence gathering. While it is understandable, it also does create a great deal of ambiguity in US counter terrorism policy, they pointed out.

Full report at:

http://in.news.yahoo.com/139/20100723/808/tnl-kashmir-not-the-reason-for-pak-terro.html

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Abu Salem attacked inside Mumbai jail by Dawood gang member

Jul 24, 2010

MUMBAI: Extradited gangster Abu Salem was on Saturday injured in an attack allegedly by his fellow inmate, a member of the Dawood Ibrahim gang, inside the high security Arthur Road Jail here, police said.

"Salem was attacked by Mustafa Dossa with sharp object. He was injured and doctors are treating him inside the jail. A police team is at the spot," Vasant Tajane, Senior Inspector at N M Joshi Marg police station, said.

Fourty-two-year-old Salem, a key accused in the 1993 serial bomb blasts, has been lodged in the South Mumbai jail since his extradition from Portugal in 2005.

He is currently housed in barrack number 10 of the jail along with scores of other prisoners.

Salem is facing trial in nine cases, including two murders.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/Abu-Salem-attacked-inside-Mumbai-jail-by-Dawood-gang-member/articleshow/6210382.cms

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Our borders follow us even in death

Urvashi Butalia

24 Jun, 2010

PARTITION PANGS: Refugees in a camp in '47 listing lost loved ones.

A friend once told me a strange story about visas. Her uncle, an Indian married to a Pakistani and working in a third country, died in a country he was visiting on business. The question his family faced: where would he be buried. The natural choice was India, his home country, but then his wife and son would be unable to come. After many unsuccessful attempts to get them visas, the extended family decided to take the only other option and bury the man in a 'neutral' country. Borders followed him, even in death.

Another friend, Tanveer Ahmed, living in London, discovered one day that his 80-year-old grandmother, once a Hindu, still had a brother in their home village in Indian Kashmir. He thought he would try to take his grandmother to Kashmir to meet her brother. He spent four years trying to get her a visa. The reunion was spectacular.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/amankiasharticleshow/6084829.cms

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Spanish activists sue Israel over Gaza flotilla raid

24 Jun, 2010

Palestinian men walk in the water near Palestinian, Turkish and Islamic Jihad flags during a rally by Islamic Jihad youth camps in solidarity with the activists who died aboard the Turkish flotilla boat as it attempted to sail to Gaza in May, at the port in Gaza City, on July 16, 2010. File photo: AP.

Two Spanish activists who were on board the aid flotilla raided by Israeli troops on May 31 on Friday sued Israel for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Nine Turkish activists were killed in the attack.

Manuel Tapial and Laura Arau — two of the three Spaniards who were on board the ships — lodged a complaint against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, six members of his cabinet and a senior military officer at Spain’s National Court.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article530033.ece

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Utah Islamic Center raises $100,000 for new mosque, school

24 Jun, 2010

South Jordan • The Utah Islamic Center moved one step closer Sunday to raising money needed to build a new mosque and school in south Salt Lake Valley.

A fundraising dinner and auction Sunday evening netted about $100,000, bringing the total raised to more than $300,000, said Nadeem Ahmed, chairman of the board of Utah Islamic Center in Salt Lake City. While the group estimates it will need $600,000 to $900,000 just for the land to build a new facility, Ahmed said organizers are pleased they are a third to halfway toward that goal.

An estimated 25,000 Muslims live in Utah, mainly along the Wasatch Front, according to the Utah Islamic Center.

Full report at:

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home/49510141-76/islamic-utah-center-build.html.csp

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Secularism is an Islamic doctrine

Ismat Sarah Mangla and Anees Ahmad

Jul 24, 2010

Some two million Muslims, according to the Pew Research Center, have the privilege of living in the United States today. Many are citizens who vote, participate in all parts of civic life and hold steady jobs. But there are still some Americans who distrust Muslim-Americans, as evidenced by the current opposition to mosque projects in both Manhattan and Tennessee. Americans may wonder: Do Muslims living in Western society have any sense of loyalty to their non-Muslim governments? If a country enacts Shariah law, does that mean that women and non-Muslims will lose all their rights? Are non-Muslim countries with large Muslim populations in danger?

Full report at:

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2010/07/secularism_is_an_islamic_doctrine.html

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My take: Why Americans should care about Ahmadiyya Muslims

By Naseem Mahdi

Jul 24, 2010

Last weekend, more than 6,000 Ahmadi Muslims gathered in Virginia for their 62nd annual convention. But with more than 2

million Muslims living in the United States, why should Americans care about the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (the official

name for Ahmadi Muslims) and their convention?

Americans should care because the community, whose membership exceeds tens of millions in 194 countries around the

globe, is one of the leading movements in Islam to bring Muslims out of the dark ages — divesting them of the fanatical beliefs

that have been the source of so much bloodshed and violence in the world today.

Our community was founded 121 years ago by Hadhrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad (peace be on him) in Qadian, India. He claimed

that he was the messiah and reformer foretold by Mohammed, the holy prophet of Islam, and reintroduced Muslims to the

enlightening ideas of the original, true Islam.

Full report at:

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2010/07/23/my-take-why-americans-should-care-about-ahmadiyya-muslims

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Myth of 72 virgins grossly misrepresents Islam

By Abu Ayman

Jul 24, 2010

Bomb attacks which are blamed on Muslims lead to the demonisation of Islam and Muslims who are accused of having links with terrorism. Among the misconceptions put forward is the alleged reward in heaven of 72 virgins to those who carry out the attacks.

A recent [Kenyan] cartoon is, unfortunately, an example of this sort of gross misrepresentation of Islamic tenets.

The assumption that “Islam promises 72 virgins for martyrs in heaven” signifies deep misconceptions about Islam. It is an often repeated myth, which has misled many people to accept it as the truth and evidence of religion which promotes violence and cruelty to the innocent.

The notion comes from an alleged saying attributed to Prophet Muhammad, which has neither been verified nor authenticated.

Full report at:

http://www.monitor.co.ug/OpEd/Commentary/-/689364/962844/-/9y7s03z/-/

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Kayanis 3-yr extension may queer the pitch for India

Jul 24th, 2010

General Ashfaq Kayani may be the only Pakistan army chief to be granted an extension by a civilian government.But that does not mean the civilian government is any more important in Pakistan.

On Thursday,Pakistan PM Yousaf Raza Gilani went on prime time to address the nation about the three-year extension.But the real story remains unchanged.Kayani and the GHQ in Rawalpindi have just been reconfirmed as the real leaders in Pakistan,despite the facade of the civilian leadership.

Kayanis continued presence does not augur well for Indias effort to get Pakistan to stop using terrorism to further its strategic objectives in J&K,Afghanistan and elsewhere.For India,Kayani remains implacable in his hostility to New Delhi.Its under his watch that India has suffered attacks in Afghanistan at the hands of the Pakistan-sponsored Haqqani network.Kayani has also been reluctant to take action against the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Full report at: Times of India

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Ahmadinejad says Russia part of anti-Iran campaign

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI

Jul 24, 2010

TEHRAN: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad accused Russia's president on Friday of turning against Tehran and joining the US in spreading lies about its nuclear program, in the latest sign that Iran is drifting apart from a one-time key backer.

Ahmadinejad said Dmitry Medvedev entered a "propaganda drama" directed by Washington by saying last week that Iran was getting closer to being able to develop nuclear weapons.

The Iranian president has had harsh words for Moscow since it became apparent that Russia would support last month's new United Nations sanctions against Tehran for its refusal to stop parts of its nuclear program. In the past, Iran had depended on allies Russia and China — and their veto power at the Security Council — to block tough penalties.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article89067.ece

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Al Qaeda claims Yemen attacks, vows more strikes

Jul 24, 2010

DUBAI: Al Qaeda's Yemen arm said on Friday it was behind coordinated attacks on security offices in the Arabian peninsula state in which four people were killed, and threatened more strikes on Yemeni targets.

Gunmen on motorcycles stormed police and intelligence offices in south Yemen and opened fire on July 14, part of a series of recent Al-Qaeda attacks in response to a government crackdown.

"Two squads of the Jamil Al-Ambari Martyr Brigades carried out attacks on the dens of oppression and aggression — the political and general security buildings in Abyan province — in two blessed operations," Al-Qaeda's Yemen-based regional wing said in a statement posted on an Islamist website.

Yemen's Western allies fear the regional impact of a failed state in Yemen, right next door to oil exporter Saudi Arabia. Yemen is bogged down in domestic conflicts in its north and south while also fighting Al-Qaeda which has struck Western and Arab targets in recent months.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article88776.ece

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Al-Qaida claims it was behind twin Iraq bombings

Jul 24th, 2010

BAGHDAD: Al-Qaida in Iraq has claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings targeting their former allies that killed almost 50 people.

In an Internet statement posted Friday, al-Qaida said the July 18 attacks in Baghdad and western Iraq were aimed at the "leaders of apostasy and the hypocritical Awakening." The former insurgent allies who beginning in 2006 turned against al-Qaida to support U.S. troops are members of groups known as Awakening Councils.

In the deadliest attack, al-Qaida said one of its ``lions'' was able to set off his explosives as Awakening fighters were collecting pay in Baghdad.

It said 120 were killed or injured. The official toll was 45 dead and 40 injured.

The other attack killed three Sunni fighters in western Iraq.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Al-Qaida-claims-it-was-behind-twin-Iraq-bombings-/articleshow/6206860.cms

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Lashkar chief among three killed in Bajaur

July 24, 2010

KHAR: The chief of the pro-government peace committee Malik Sardar Ali along with two colleagues was killed in an explosion caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Sapary area of tehsil Mamond in Bajaur Agency on Friday, tribal sources said.

The sources said suspected militants had planted two powerful IEDs on the roadside to target the vehicle of the peace committee leader Malik Sardar Ali, who was accompanied by two committee members Karim Khan and Gul Muhammad Khan.

All three sustained serious injuries in the blast and succumbed to wounds at the Agency Headquarters Hospital, Khar, the sources added. The security forces launched search operation in the area soon after the incident, but no arrest was made.

No militant group claimed responsibility for the incident. The Sapary area is located on the Pak-Afghan border in Bajaur Agency where recently peace committees were formed by the tribesmen with support from the government to keep the militants at bay. The insurgents are targeting members of the peace committees for siding with the government.

http://thenews.com.pk/daily_detail.asp?id=252521

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TIMES SQUARE PLOTTER MET TALIBAN CHIEF

Jul 24th, 2010

Faisal Shahzad, the man behind the Times Square bombing plot, is seen in a new video footage along with Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, with the two shaking hands and hugging each other.

The Pakistani-American had following his arrest claimed that he had met Mehsud and a host of other radical leaders but investigators had then said they were yet to verify his claims.

The video that has now emerged shows a man who appears to be Shahzad shaking hands with Mehsud and then embracing him.

The footage is on the Sky News website features an audio track of Shahzad.

Full report at: Hindustan Times

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US woefully unprepared for nuclear attack: Study

Jul 24th, 2010

Washington: The US is woefully unprepared for any kind of nuclear attack with the expertise needed to survive such an attack atrophied since the end of the Cold War,a Pentagon task force has warned.

The threat of an all-out nuclear exchange between Russia and the US may be less than it was during the Cold War,but the decadeslong efforts to avoid a possible Armageddon has had a downside,the advisory panel noted after a comprehensive review.

The studys authors have urged the defence departments leadership to take steps to enhance nuclear survivability,saying the conclusions of their study should serve as a wake-up call to the Pentagon.

Full report at: Times of India

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Bahraini women ‘lack rights awareness’

Jul 24, 2010

Bahraini women are losing battles in court due to a lack of awareness of their rights, according to a leading social worker.

Their ignorance about Sharia law often allows cases to be ruled in favour of their husbands, said Bahrain Women Union (BWU) family counsellor Hanan Abdulla.

"Due to them not knowing the laws and legislation regarding family matters, they become hopeless in front judges at Sharia Courts," she said. "This leads them to lose their cases, even though they could have easily won if they were more aware of their rights."

Abdulla is trying to turn the situation around working at the BWU's legal department to give women advice and counselling on domestic cases.

"We provide counselling services for free at the union to help women know their rights better," she said.

Full report at:

http://www.tradearabia.com/news/newsdetails.asp?Sn=LAW&artid=183486

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Pak using US funds for war on terror to bolster military might

Jul 24th, 2010

New Delhi: Pakistan army has been diverting a large part of US funds meant for the global war on terrorism for conventional weapon procurements from China and other countries.This illegal diversion of US provided funds,far more than what is known in public,is resulting in massive modernization of Pakistan military beyond its official means,believes the Indian security establishment.

A source said the findings and concerns of India were shared with the US during Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs US visit in April.This issue formed a substantial part of the conversation between the two sides.Officials later said US President Barack Obama had committed to Singh that security assistance to Pakistan would be monitored and kept under closer observation.

Full report at: Times of India

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Arrest warrant for 102 coup suspects in Turkey

24 Jul, 2010

ISTANBUL: A Turkish court issued an arrest warrant on Friday for 102 suspects to stand trial over an alleged 2003 coup plan, Anatolia news agency quoted a judge as saying.

The court also set the first hearing in the case for Dec 16 in a prison complex near Istanbul, judge Davut Bedir said, according to Anatolia.

A total of 196 defendants will stand trial over the alleged coup plan.

The plan was allegedly drawn up and discussed at the Istanbul base of the First Army in 2003, shortly after the Justice and Development Party, an offshoot of a banned Islamist movement, came to power amid fears it would undermine Turkey’s secular system.

Three retired generals — the alleged mastermind of the plot and the former chiefs of the navy and the air force — were among the suspects included on the warrant, the NTV news channel reported.

http://www.dawn.com/wps/wcm/connect/dawn-content-library/dawn/the-newspaper/international/arrest-warrant-for-102-coup-suspects-in-turkey-470

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War Crimes Tribunal to arrest 5 top Jamaat leaders: Quamrul

24 Jul, 2010

The state minister for law, Quamrul Islam, said on Friday that the five top detained Jamaat-e-Islami leaders would be shown arrested in war crimes cases by the International Crimes Tribunal in a few days.

He also said, ‘The Jamaat leaders, detained in other cases, will be shown arrested in war crimes cases soon and the identified war criminals would be tried first on war crimes charges.’

He was speaking as the principal speaker at a discussion styled ‘War Crimes and Politics of Jamaat’ hosted by Bangladesh Awami Muktijo-ddha Projonmo League at the National Press Club.

He said the murderers of 1971, 1975 and the militants tried to turn Bangladesh into a militant state like Pakistan since 1975.

Full report at:

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Iran aims to put man in space by 2019

Jul 24, 2010

TEHRAN, July 23 : President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday that Iran would send its first manned shuttle into space by 2019, Iran's English-language Press TV reported.

In February Iran test-fired its domestically made satellite carrying rocket Kavoshgar-3 (Explorer-3) and Ahmadinejad said Tehran hoped to send astronauts into space soon.

"In response to the enemy's resolutions, it was decided that the project be pushed forward by five years," Ahmadinejad said on Friday, referring to Iran's shuttle program.

Western countries suspect Iran is trying to build nuclear bombs and are concerned that the long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into orbit can also be used to launch warheads.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article89070.ece

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Terror threat during Games

Jul 24th, 2010

Chandigarh: In a communique to the Delhi government,Punjab Police has warned that there might be terrorist attacks during the Commonwealth Games.

The communique was sent after filtering several intelligence inputs indicating threats from across the border.Sources said they have intercepted pamphlets saying Khalistan Zindabad Force (KZF) terrorist Harinder Singh Neeta has appointed three members of the KZF to carry out terror attacks.

Sources said around 15 kg RDX is supposed have entered India from Pakistan through Punjab and that there were three people carrying 5kg RDX each.KZF terrorist Harinder Singh Neeta is among the top Sikh terrorists who are still a big threat to India and are operating their networks out of Pakistan.

Full report at: Times of India

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On the run for 8 months,ISI agent nabbed by cops

Dwaipayan Ghosh

Jul 24th, 2010

New Delhi: At a time when there are inputs of possible terror strikes in the national capital by women suicide squads specially trained across the border by LeT the special cell of Delhi Police has claimed to have recently arrested a suspected ISI agent,Nafees Ahmed (60).Nafees had allegedly helped a Pakistani ISI agent set up base in Lucknow and had also helped him procure an Indian passport on the basis of forged documents.

A team of special cell,led by ACP L N Rao,nabbed Nafees a Lucknow resident and recovered incriminating documents from him that were used to acquire the Indian passport for the Pakistani national.Nafees had been on the run for the last eight months.A reward of Rs 25,000 had been declared for any information on him.

On July 19,2010,inspector A K Singh received a tip-off that Nafees would come to Patiala House Court to meet a lawyer to consult him in one of his cases.A trap was laid and Nafees was arrested.

Full report at: Times of India

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I like experimenters in religion: Sudhir Kakar

Jul 24, 2010

New Delhi: Mughal prince Dara Shukoh, Mahatma Gandhi and spiritualist Ramakrishna Paramahansa shared a trait - they were religious secularists at heart, says psychoanalyst and writer Sudhir Kakar who loves to get into the lives of historical characters to find answers.

Kakkar in an interview said 'The three of them tried to bring the Hindus and the Muslims together in a spirit of integration, find common ground and make them accept each other'.

His new book, 'The Crimson Throne', which was released Friday, is a historical fiction based on the war of succession to the Peacock Throne and the rivalry between Dara Shukoh and younger brother Aurangzeb during the reign of emperor Shah Jahan seen through the eyes of two European travellers.

Full report at:

http://www.mynews.in/News/I_like_experimenters_in_religion_Sudhir_Kakar_N74049.html

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Justice as Tolerance: 9/11, Islam and New York City

Jul 24, 2010

"After eight years of delay, those allegedly responsible for the attacks of September 11th will finally face justice," said Attorney General Eric Holder eight months ago. Soon after, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four of his accomplices were to be flown from Guantanamo Bay onto U.S. soil to face a civilian trial in a Manhattan Federal Courthouse. However, overwhelming opposition -- ranging from projected annual security and logistical costs totaling more than $200 million, to the belief that such a trial would embolden al-Qaeda and invite further attacks against New York City -- forced the Obama Administration to reconsider its position. Eight months after Mr. Holder's statement above, the trial's location, method and details are still far from certain. With progress thwarted, delivering justice, too, has run dry. Looking back, however, I believe part of the opposition towards the location of the trial had much deeper roots in the psyche of some Manhattanite Americans: a now-crystallized aversion and agitation towards anything-Islam.

Full report at:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rahim-kanani/justice-as-tolerance-911_b_656070.html

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Admiral Mullen flies to Pakistan amid US concern over militants

Jul 24, 2010

ISLAMABAD: The US military's top officer arrived in Islamabad on Saturday amid US concerns over the presence in Pakistan

of Islamist militants blamed for attacks on NATO-led troops in Afghanistan.

Admiral Mike Mullen planned to meet US officers overseeing military assistance to Pakistan, before meeting the country's

powerful army chief, General Ashfaq Kayani, whose term was extended by three years on Thursday.

"This visit to Pakistan is part of the regular bilateral consultations between the US and Pakistan," the US embassy said in a

statement.

Mullen and US officials have praised Pakistan for moving against militants in the northwest but have urged the military to expand its operations to include the Haqqani network.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Admiral-Mullen-flies-to-Pakistan-amid-US-concern-over-militants/articlesho

w/6210061.cms

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Georgie Anne Geyer: Ground Zero Mosque is a bad idea

July 24, 2010

WASHINGTON — It's recognized by most of us that America is trying to untangle its difficult relationships with Islam everywhere.

The plans of some Muslim groups to build a 13-story Ground Zero Mosque only two blocks from the "sacred ground" of 9/11

are complicating that undertaking even further.

On the one hand — the traditional American side — one finds a kind of rage at such an idea. On the other hand — the

Islamic-American side, if that term does indeed constitute a coherent group — one finds an arrogant, "we have the right" attitude

hardly befitting a group that is asking for privilege.

So who is right, if anybody? We'd better seriously consider these questions, because the conflict over the mosque — and

several others in the Greater New York area — is going to be front page news for a long time.

Full report at:

http://www.news-herald.com/articles/2010/07/24/opinion/nh2805633.txt

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Legal support for embattled wives

July 24, 2010

BAHRAINI women are losing battles in court due to a lack of awareness of their rights, according to a leading social worker.

Their ignorance about Sharia law often allows cases to be ruled in favour of their husbands, said Bahrain Women Union

(BWU) family counsellor Hanan Abdulla.

"Due to them not knowing the laws and legislation regarding family matters, they become hopeless in front judges at Sharia

Courts," she said.

"This leads them to lose their cases, even though they could have easily won if they were more aware of their rights."

Ms Abdulla is trying to turn the situation around working at the BWU's legal department to give women advice and counselling

on domestic cases.

Full report at:

http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=282960

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Antony tells US to monitor arms supply to Pakistan

Rajat Pandit

Jul 24th, 2010

New Delhi: India and US may have forged an expansive bilateral strategic-defence relationship but the huge amount of American military aid being given to Pakistan in the name of global war on terrorism has become a big bone of contention.

New Delhi wants Washington to closely monitor its military assistance to Islamabad since a major chunk of it is being surreptiously diverted to bolster Pakistans conventional military and nuclear capabilities against India.But the US continues to waffle,banking more upon Pakistans good faith rather than anything concrete.

Defence minister A K Antony on Friday made it quite clear to visiting US chairman of the joint chiefs of staff Admiral Mike Mullen that India was upset that the military aid to Pakistan was disproportionate to what was required to fight terror.

Full report at: Times of India

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India,US sign pact to counter terrorism

Jul 24th, 2010

New Delhi: India and the US on Friday signed a Counter Terrorism Cooperation Initiative (CCI) that includes steps to check financing of terror activities,joint probe in cases of bomb blasts besides cooperation in mega-city policing,transportation including rail security,development of investigative skills,cyber and border security.

Today,with the formal signing of the initiative,we take several significant steps forward against terrorism, said the US ambassador to India,Timothy J Roemer,who signed the agreement along with home secretary G K Pillai in the presence of foreign secretary Nirupama Rao here.

Full report at: Times of India

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Omar plans to release Hurriyat separatists

Jul 24th, 2010

Srinagar: In an attempt to restore peace across the troubled Valley,J&K chief minister Omar Abdullah is contemplating release of separatist leaders like Hurriyat Conference chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani,who is currently in jail under the Public Safety Act.

Sources said Omar was likely to take a decision to this effect in next fetw days.On Thursday,the working committee of the ruling National Conference had advised the chief minister to release separatist leaders from jails for improving law and order situation and restoring peace in the Valley.

Others likely to be released included Democratic Liberation Front leader Shabir Shah and Mirwaiz-led Hurriyats Nayeem Khan and two lawyers,Main Abdul Qayoom and G N Shaheen,also members of Geelanis Hurriyat.

Full report at: Times of India

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Shoura Council to review draft mortgage law after Ramadan

By MOHAMMED RASOOLDEEN

Jul 24, 2010

RIYADH: The Shoura Council is to review a draft mortgage law for the Kingdom’s real estate sector after its summer holidays, the council’s secretary-general said on Friday.

“Since there was a difference of opinion on certain issues between the council and the Cabinet, the matter was taken up at the 40th regular session of the council held in June,” Muhammed Al-Ghamdi said.

He added that members asked for more time to discuss the proposed law, which proponents say would benefit the country’s economy.

“Because of the summer vacation and to give more time for its members to debate the issue, it will be taken up as the council resumes its sitting, probably after the holy month of Ramadan,” he said.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article89013.ece

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