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Islamic World News ( 25 Aug 2011, NewAgeIslam.Com)

Suicide Bomb at Nigerian UN building kills 18: Reports

Over 200 decomposing bodies found at Tripoli hospital

Boko Haram 'spokesman' claims deadly attack on UN in Nigeria

18 dead in Algeria military school bombing: Medic

Islamophobic attack on Luton mosque

16 killed in Nigerian town after an attack on two Banks and two Police Stations

Closing in on Gaddafi: Rebels

Grim Evidence of Fighting’s Toll Becomes Clearer in Libya

As Qaddafi Forces Retreat, a Newly Freed Imam Encourages Forgiveness

Jews of Libyan Origin Concerned Over Post-Gaddafi Future

Rise of strict Islam exposes tensions in Malaysia

Fighting the defamation of Muslim Americans

US man charged with setting fire to Islamic centre

10 years after 9/11, Pakistanis still in denial

Five Shia Abductees of Parachinar Including a Woman Martyred by Taliban

Fight for Tripoli turns bloody

Libyan rebels take key border post with Tunisia

Assault on Tripoli planned weeks ago

Salman Taseer’s son Shahbaz kidnapped from Lahore

“We are spiritually very close to you”: Vatican’s Ramadan message to Muslims

Afghan president orders release of 20 would-be youth suicide bombers

Libya restive amid loyalist shelling, UK warplane strikes

Europe’s far right influence mainstream Islamophobia discourse

11 killed, 14 injured in Nowshera blast

Syrian forces kill 8, protesters hail Libya

Libyan Rebels Renew Appeal for Release of Assets

Iraq violence leaves 12 dead

2 killed as thousands of Syrians protest

Israeli airstrikes kill two Gaza militants

Six dead in Thai south attacks

Indonesian Sharia police separate Aceh lesbian couple

What the Qur'an Teaches: A night full of blessings

Five kidnapped Pakistanis killed in Afghanistan

Bukhari calls stir anti-Islam, tells Muslims to stay away

Anti-zionist rally marks Int'l Quds Day in New Delhi

Sharia law ban has no place in our state

At least 63 die in Kohistan, Pak. village hit by flash floods

Four seats of Pakistan Senate reserved for non-Muslims

NATO joins attack on Gaddafi bastion

Qadhafi era coming to an end: Clinton

Libya shows cracks in Western military cooperation

J&K journos seek freedom from State shackles

London to host the 1st annual forum for Arab media academics

US firebomb suspect railed against Muslims: Document

‘Jokes without Qaddafi no fun

Gaza group watching Israel’s response to new truce

Iranians chant 'death to Israel' on 'Quds Day'

Iraq warning to Libya: How not to overthrow a dictator

Libya’s monarchist flag turns into rebel emblem

Manipur demanded introduction of Urdu in schools

Iran's Ahmadinejad: No place for Israel in region

Amnesty urges swift trial of Sialkot lynching case

UN report on Gaza-bound flotilla delayed

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

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Bomb at Nigeria UN building kills 18: Reports

August 26, 2011

At least 18 people were killed in Friday's car bomb attack on the UN building in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, a police spokesman was quoted in Western media reports as saying.

The powerful explosion occurred when a car rammed into the building after crashing through two security barriers, witnesses were quoted by BBC as saying.

The police source said at least eight people were injured in the blast, while the BBC report put the figure at 60.

Those injured have been hospitalized. A local hospital official was quoted by CNN as saying there was a shortage of blood to use in surgery.

Rescue officials have been working at the scene, helping to pull people from the rubble, media reports said.

No one has claimed responsibility for Friday's attack, but government officials have blamed "terrorists" for the bombing, the BBC said.

A wave of militant violence has swept the oil-rich African country since presidential elections in May, won by Christian Goodluck Jonathan. Boko Haram, a group which wants the establishment of Sharia law in Nigeria, has claimed responsibility for a series of attacks carried out in the country in the past few months.http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Bomb-at-Nigeria-UN-building-kills-10-Reports/articleshow/9746726.cms

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Over 200 decomposing bodies found at Tripoli hospital

August 26, 2011

Bodies of men, women and children were found abandoned in Abu Salim's hospital in Tripoli after intense fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, in what is being described as a "hospital horror."

A man looks at the dead bodies in the morgue at he general hospital in the restive Abu Salim neighborhood of Tripoli, on August 26, 2011. The putrefying bodies of around 80 people were found in the hospital, apparently the unlucky victims of fighting that prevented the wounded from being treated, an AFP correspondent reported. (PATRICK BAZ/AFP/Getty Images)

There are reports of more than 200 rotting corpses having been found at a hospital in Libya's capital, Tripoli, in what is being described as hospital horror.

Bodies of men, women and  children were found lying on beds, in halls and outside of Abu Salim's hospital in an area of Tripoli that has seen intense fighting, the BBC reports.

Some of the dead were civilians and others were fighters, including some who may have been African mercenaries, according to the BBC.

Doctors and nurses are said to have abandoned the hospital after clashes broke out between rebel forces and those loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.

It is not yet clear how the people died. Residents of Abu Salim say some were alive when brought to the hospital, while others were already dead.

Agence France-Presse says that the hospital was controlled by pro-Gaddafi snipers and only fell to the rebel forces on Thursday after days of intense fighting.

Seventeen survivors found at Abu Salim's hospital were taken away for treatment by a Red Cross team, according to AFP, which earlier put the number of corpses found at 80.

Meanwhile, rebel forces are facing stiff resistance as they advance on Sirte, Gaddafi's birthplace.

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Overnight, UK planes conducted air strikes on a large bunker in Sirte.

The British Ministry of Defense on Friday said its Tornado jets attacked a command bunker in Muammar al-Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte.

The jets took off from RAF Marham in Norfolk on Thursday night, on a long-range strike mission in conjunction with Nato forces.

In a statement, the Ministry of Defense said a formation of Tornado GR4s “fired a salvo of Storm Shadow precision-guided missiles against a large headquarters bunker."

Agence France-Presse reported that Nato planes destroyed 29 armed vehicles in Sirte on Thursday in an attack on Gaddafi loyalists.

There is no indication that Gaddafi was in the bunker itself at the time of the attack. British Defense Secretary Liam Fox said on Friday:

Libyan rebels are also building up their forces on the road to Sirte, sending tanks and rocket launchers.

The air raid came as fighting continued on the streets of Tripoli. Al Jazeera reported Friday that the rebels had stepped up efforts to clear the capital of pro-Gaddafi forces, storming the Abu Salim neighborhood.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110826/muammar-gaddafi-libya-deaths-tripoli-corpses

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Boko Haram 'spokesman' claims deadly attack on UN in Nigeria

Aug 27, 2011

KANO ( NIGERIA): A man claiming to be a spokesman for the Nigerian Islamist group known as Boko Haram claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on UN headquarters in the country's capital Abuja on Friday.

"Through the wisdom of Allah, we have launched the attack with absolute precision," the man who identified himself as Abu Darda said in a telephone call to an AFP journalist.

"The attack was carefully scripted and executed. We have said it several times that the UN is one of our prime targets."

The veracity of his claim could not be verified.

"We will provide details of the martyr who carried out the suicide attack," the man said.

"More attacks are on the way, and by the will of Allah we will have unfettered access to wherever we want to attack. We have more than 100 men who are willing to lay down their lives for the cause of Allah."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Boko-Haram-spokesman-claims-deadly-attack-on-UN-in-Nigeria/articleshow/9750931.cms

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18 dead in Algeria military school bombing: Medic

Aug 27, 2011

ALGIERS: Eighteen people were killed and dozens wounded in a suicide bombing at the Cherchell military academy west of Algiers, a hospital source said.

The attack by two suicide bombers took place 100 kilometres west of the Algerian capital, around 10 minutes after the breaking of the Ramzan fast at 1830GMT (0000IST) yesterday.

The bombers, one on a motorcycle, set off explosions a few seconds apart in front of the entrance to the officers' mess hall, the French-language Algerian daily El Watan reported on its website.

There has been no official confirmation yet of the attack.

A hospital source said the dead included 16 soldiers and two civilians.

The wounded were evacuated to hospitals in the nearby towns of Sidi Ghiles and Tipaza, as well as to the army's central Ain-Naadja hospital in Algiers, the source said.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/18-dead-in-Algeria-military-school-bombing-Medic/articleshow/9753210.cms

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Islamophobic attack on Luton mosque

By Aliya Al-Yassin

Aug 27, 2011

A mosque was vandalised in an Islamophobic attack in Luton in the early hours of July 23. They smashed windows and spray painted ‘EDL’ and a swastika on the walls of the mosque.

The incident is the latest in a chain of arson and vandalism attacks on mosques and the property of many Muslims in Luton – a town where the English Defence League (EDL), anti Muslim, anti Islam group - is largely active.

Imam Shahid Ahmed from the Medina mosque related to The Muslim News about the attack. “When I locked the mosque up at 11pm everything was okay. When I returned at 4am for morning prayers I found two windows smashed and the words ‘EDL’ and a swastika painted on the walls.”

Ahmed said the “racists who attacked the mosque are ignorant.” He added, “This is a place of worship. They have no understanding for people of any religion.”

Maqsood Anwar, a member of the mosques’ committee and a local, describes the attacks as “disgusting” and told The Muslim News that this was not the first time a mosque in Luton has been attacked. “Last year, petrol bombs were thrown into a local mosque causing considerable damage. Many cars have been scratched and spray painted with words such as ‘EDL,’ he said.

A spokesman for Luton Council told The Muslim News that the Council “is appalled by this action and condemns it in the strongest possible terms.”

The spokesman said they will be looking into having “additional lighting in the area – to help provide further reassurance to everyone.”

A Bedfordshire Police spokesman told The Muslim News that investigation “is still on-going as we take these kinds of crimes very seriously indeed and we know that all communities find them offensive and frightening.” However, the police refused to to say whether the attack was Islamophobic. “At this stage, there is no evidence to suggest who is responsible for this incident or what the person's motive may have been,” the Spokesman said.

http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/paper/index.php?article=5451

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16 killed in Nigerian town after an attack on two Banks and two Police Stations

August 26, 2011

KANO, Nigeria: Attacks on two banks and two police stations left 16 people dead in the northeastern Nigerian town of Gombi, a local official said, amid a wave of such violence blamed on Islamists. “Sixteen people were killed in all following attacks by gunmen on two police stations and two banks,” local government chairman Ahmad Isa Hassan said. “The attackers were armed with explosives and automatic rifles with which they attacked their targets ... For now we suspect the attackers were armed robbers.” He said those killed were seven police officers, a soldier and eight others, including bank staff and customers.

http://www.thenews.com.pk/TodaysPrintDetail.aspx?ID=64657&Cat=1

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Closing in on Gaddafi: Rebels

Aug 27 2011

Tripoli : A minister in Libya’s National Transitional Council said Friday rebel forces were surrounding an area of Tripoli where Muammar Gaddafi and his entourage were hiding and were monitoring their presence before attempting to capture them.

“The area where he is now is under siege,” Justice Minister Mohammed al-Alagi told Reuters. Alagi declined to specify where Gaddafi was.

Other rebel officials have said they believe the fallen strongman has taken refuge in the Abu Salim area in the south of the capital — an area that saw clashes in recent days.

Rebel fighters have said earlier this week that they thought they had Gaddafi cornered but these reports have turned out to be inaccurate, or at least premature.

Meanwhile, British warplanes struck a large bunker in Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte, his largest remaining stronghold, Friday as NATO turned its attention to loyalist forces battling advancing Libyan rebels in the area.

In London, British Defence Secretary Liam Fox said some elements of Gaddafi’s regime were in Sirte “where they are still continuing to wage war on people.’’

As rebels said they had begun to transfer their administration from Benghazi to Tripoli, Mahmoud Jibril, the de facto rebel prime minister, renewed an appeal for release of frozen Libyan assets. The UNSC late Thursday approved an immediate infusion of $1.5 billion that US seized.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/closing-in-on-gaddafi-rebels/837827/

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Grim Evidence of Fighting’s Toll Becomes Clearer in Libya

By ANTHONY SHADID and KAREEM FAHIM

Aug 27, 2011

TRIPOLI, Libya — As the fighting died down in Tripoli on Friday, the scope and savagery of the violence during the nearly weeklong battle for control of the capital began to come into sharper focus.

Amnesty International said Friday that it had evidence that forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi had killed rebels who had been held in custody in two camps. In one camp, it said, guards killed five detainees held in solitary confinement, and in another they opened the gates, telling the rebels they were free to go, then tossed grenades and fired on the men as they tried to run for freedom.

The report, based on accounts from escaped prisoners, cited no death toll, but said that of the 160 detainees attacked, only 23 were known to have escaped.

On Thursday, there were reports that the bullet-riddled bodies of more than 30 pro-Qaddafi fighters had been found at a military encampment in central Tripoli. At least two were bound with plastic handcuffs, suggesting that they had been executed, and five of the dead were found at a field hospital.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/27/world/africa/27libya.html

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As Qaddafi Forces Retreat, a Newly Freed Imam Encourages Forgiveness

By DAVID D. KIRKPATRICK

Aug 27, 2011

TRIPOLI, Libya — Like many Libyans, Sheik Abdul Ghani Aboughreis had reason to feel bitterness toward supporters of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi as he led the first Friday Prayer service since rebels flooded into the city here.

When the uprising broke out in Tripoli six months ago, Sheik Aboughreis helped kick it off with a fiery Friday sermon at the Mourad Agha mosque. His words sent thousands of demonstrators pouring into the streets. From the earliest days of the uprising, his mosque and neighborhood became a center of revolt and resistance, and for six months it felt the lash of a brutal crackdown that residents say left dozens dead and hundreds, including Sheik Aboughreis, in prison.

But on Friday, five days after rebels broke through the prison gates to free him, Sheik Aboughreis watched the bands of thousands of young men racing through the streets waving Kalashnikovs from their pickup trucks, and he decided to deliver an unexpected message.

“The message was to forgive,” he said, “to forgive each other, to make sure to leave it to the law and not take revenge on each other.”

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/27/world/africa/27imam.html

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Jews of Libyan Origin Concerned Over Post-Gaddafi Future

August 26, 2011

David Arviv's family was part of a small Jewish community in Libya, some of whom were forced to leave the country after post-World War Two Jewish pogroms.

Now, Arviv says, he hopes for an opportunity to visit his hometown Tripoli.    

In "Fergi" restaurant - founded in the 1950's by his father - Arviv fulfils a yearning for the familiar smells from his home in Tripoli, before his family was forced to escape to Israel.

Arviv was 11 years old at the time of the escape.        

Asked about the nearing end of Gaddafi's rule and his sons' fate, Arviv says he has no feeling towards them.             

[David Arviv, Tripolitan Restaurant Owner]:

"I know they were mean people who did a lot of bad things and they deserve it.” 

The Jewish community in the former Italian colony, which traces its origins to Roman times, numbered about 38 thousand at the end of World War Two.

By the time Israel won the Middle East War against Arab nations in 1967, the community had dwindled to about 7,000.            

Full report at:

http://english.ntdtv.com/ntdtv_en/news_middleeast_africa/2011-08-23/jews-of-libyan-origin-concerned-over-post-gaddafi-future.html

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Rise of strict Islam exposes tensions in Malaysia

By Jennifer Pak

26 Aug, 2011

Muslim women without headscarves are a common sight on the streets of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.

But engaging them in a discussion about the hijab is difficult.

Norhayati Kaprawi is a Malaysian activist whose recent documentary Aku Siapa (Who Am I) deals with the issue of how women in Malaysia should dress. She found some women unwilling to show their faces in her film - not on religious grounds, but becasue they feared reprisals.

This is a damning reflection on Malaysia's Muslim society, says Ms Norhayati.

"It's full of fear. If you don't follow the mainstream you will be lynched."

According to the activist, the pressure to wear the hijab grew after the Iranian revolution in 1979, and it is now the most visible sign of Malaysia's rising Islamic fundmentalism.

Muslims account for over half the population of 28 million people and are mainly ethnic Malays. Malaysia often prides itself on being a moderate Muslim nation, which allows other religions freedom of worship.

And while there are no laws forcing women to wear the hijab, Ms Norhayati says many Muslims feel compelled.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-radio-and-tv-14649841

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Fighting the defamation of Muslim Americans

Wajahat Ali

Aug 27, 2011

For the first time, the fear-mongering and hate-preaching of US Islamophobes – and their funding – have been exposed

Exploiting fear, hysteria and ignorance has been a lucrative business for the Islamophobia network in America.

After a six-month-long investigative research project, the Center for American Progress Action Fund released a 138-page report, "Fear Inc: Exposing the Islamophobia Network in America", which for the first time reveals that more than $42m from seven foundations over the past decade have helped empower a relatively small, but interconnected group of individuals and organisations to spread anti-Muslim fear and hate in America. I, along with co-authors Eli Clifton, Matt Duss, Lee Fang, Scott Keyes and Faiz Shakir, expose this network in depth, categorise it, trace the money trail to the donors, name the players in the network, connect the dots between them, and uncover the genesis of several fictitious threats such as the current "anti-sharia" fear sweeping the nation, as well as the protests of neighbourhood mosques as alleged "Trojan horses" and incubators of radicalisation.

We've defined Islamophobia as the following: an exaggerated fear, hatred and hostility towards Islam and Muslims that is perpetuated by negative stereotypes resulting in bias, discrimination and the marginalisation and exclusion of Muslims from America's social, political and civic life.

Full report at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/aug/26/islamophobia-defamation-muslim-american

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US man charged with setting fire to Islamic centre

Aug 27, 2011

WASHINGTON: A US federal grand jury has indicted an Oregon resident on hate crime and arson charges for intentionally setting fire to the Salman Al-Farisi Islamic Centre in Oregon, said a statement issued by the White House.

The US Justice Department identified the accused as Cody Crawford, 24, of Corvallis, Oregon. According to the indictment, Mr Crawford is charged with one count of damaging religious property and one count of arson.

Mr Crawford allegedly set fire to the mosque during the early morning hours of Nov 28, 2010, less than two days after authorities arrested an individual in connection with the Portland Christmas Tree Lighting terror plot.

The indictment alleges that Mr Crawford set the fire because of the race, colour or ethnic characteristics of individuals associated with the mosque.

“Burning a house of worship because of hatred towards members of one religion is not just an attack on that religion; it is an attack on our core American values,” said Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights

Division.

“The Civil Rights Division will aggressively protect the rights of all persons to worship without fear of violence or intimidation.”

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/27/us-man-charged-with-setting-fire-to-islamic-centre.html

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10 years after 9/11, Pakistanis still in denial

August 26, 2011

The young Pakistani officer sighs when he thinks about what happened to Osama bin Laden. “Was he really here?” he says. “All that, it’s like 9/11, we don’t even know if it really happened.” Sitting at the end of the track leading to the compound where US Navy SEALs killed the al Qaeda

leader on May 2, Abdullah prefers to enjoy the fresh air blowing down from the Himalayas than relive his country’s darkest hour.

“This is a holiday compared to Mathani or Charsaddah,” he added, referring to parts of the northwest where Taliban bomb attacks and shootings have killed so many of his colleagues.

Abdullah is just one of millions in Pakistan who doubt that bin Laden was behind the 9/11 attacks. That spotlights the country’s ambiguous relationship with extremism and selective approach to militants in what Washington calls the headquarters of al Qaeda.

The ambiguity is all the starker given that the cataclysmic events of September 11 dragged the nuclear power into a decade of fighting and violence that the government in Islamabad claims has killed 35,000 people.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/10-years-after-9-11-Pakistanis-still-in-denial/Article1-737756.aspx

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Five Shia Abductees of Parachinar Including a Woman Martyred by Taliban

August 26, 2011

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - Five Pakistani Shia, including a woman, who were kidnapped in Afghanistan’s volatile eastern Paktia province on August 14, were found dead on Thursday.

The bodies of the five Shia were found in Jani Khel district. They were kidnapped a week ago from Samankani, a district bordering Pakistan on their way to Parachinar. Family members of the victims earlier this week had said that the kidnappers had demanded a ransom of Rs6 million.

The families of detained people were not able to provide the huge amount to the Taliban kidnappers belongs from Mengal tribe.

Residents of Parachinar and upper parts of the Kurram Agency had no choice but to travel through Afghanistan to get to their native areas ever since the Peshawar-Parachinar Road has become unsafe and is frequently attacked by militants. Travellers routinely enter the Paktia province and cross the Torkham border after a long journey through Logar, Kabul and Nangrahar provinces.

Full report at:http://abna.co/data.asp?lang=3&id=261943

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Fight for Tripoli turns bloody

Aug 25, 2011

TRIPOLI: One thousand rebels bombarded buildings filled with regime fighters hiding amid civilians in a ferocious battle for Muammar Qaddafi's last major stronghold in the capital Tripoli. The Libyan leader, still in hiding, sent a new message calling on Libyans to kill the rebels.

The bullet-riddled bodies of regime soldiers in military uniforms lay on the ground outside a fire station in the battle-scarred Abu Salim neighborhood and the bodies of rebel soldiers were wrapped in blankets nearby. The sewers ran red with blood.

A Reuters correspondent counted 30 bodies riddled with bullets, at least two of them bound with plastic handcuffs, indicating they had been executed. Five of the dead were at a field hospital nearby, with one in an ambulance strapped to a gurney with an intravenous drip in his arm.

Some of the dead wore military uniforms while others wore civilian clothes. Some were African men. Qaddafi is known to have recruited soldiers from neighboring countries.

Elsewhere in the city, a British medical worker said a hospital had received the bodies of 17 civilians believed to have been executed in recent days by government forces.

"Yesterday a truck arrived at the hospital with 17 dead bodies," Kirsty Campbell of the Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article493737.ece

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Libyan rebels take key border post with Tunisia

Aug 27, 2011

TUNIS: Tunisia's official news agency says Libyan rebels have taken control of the main border crossing between the two countries.

The rebels had been trying to take the Ras Ajdir post for days from loyalists of Muammar Gaddafi. The news agency reported that exchanges of gunfire could be heard from the Tunisian side as the rebels pushed forward on Friday evening.

The rebels control other posts along the border, but Ras Ajdir is the primary crossing between the two countries and would allow them to more easily bring supplies into Libya.

A witness in the area says he saw the rebels raise their flag at the crossing Friday night.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Libyan-rebels-take-key-border-post-with-Tunisia/articleshow/9754570.cms

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Assault on Tripoli planned weeks ago

August 26, 2011

Details of the rebel uprising in Tripoli are emerging, showing weeks of careful planning by rebels and their international allies before they seized the Libyan capital. British military and civilian advisers, including special forces troops, along with those from France, Italy and Qatar,

have spent months with rebel fighters, giving them key, up-to-date intelligence and watching out for any al-Qaeda elements trying to infiltrate the rebellion.

More details emerged of how Nato forces helped Libyan rebels storm Tripoli.

“Honestly, Nato played a very big role in liberating Tripoli. They bombed all the main locations that we couldn’t handle with our light weapons,” said Fadlallah Haroun, a military spokesman who helped organise the operation. An increasing number of American hunter-killer drones provided round-the-clock surveillance.

Covert special forces teams from Qatar, France, Britain and some east European states provided critical assistance, such as logisticians, forward air controllers for the rebel army.

Prior to the attack, rebels smuggled weapons into Tripoli and stashed them in safe houses. 

The guardian, London

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Salman Taseer’s son Shahbaz kidnapped from Lahore

August 26, 2011

LAHORE: The son of a Pakistani governor who was killed by his bodyguard for his opposition to a harsh blasphemy law this year was kidnapped in the eastern city of Lahore on Friday, police and the family said.

Four men on motorbikes intercepted Shahbaz Taseer in his car in the upscale Gulberg area and took him to a nearby street before kidnapping him, police said, quoting witnesses.

“Shahbaz was out with a friend when four unidentified people kidnapped him,” his brother Shehryar Taseer told Reuters.

Shahbaz Taseer is a director in several companies his father founded, including Pace Pakistan Ltd., First Capital Equities Ltd., Media Times Ltd. and First Capital Securities Corp. Ltd.

“Our family has been receiving threats from the Taliban and extremist groups,” Shehryar said, adding they could be behind the abduction.

No one has yet claimed responsibility.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/26/shahbaz-taseers-son-shahbaz-kidnapped-from-lahore.html

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“We are spiritually very close to you”: Vatican’s Ramadan message to Muslims

August 26, 2011

Rome: Vatican’s office of interreligious dialogue has called Christians and Muslims as spiritually very close to each other. The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue which issued this letter to all Muslims lists important challenges that two of the largest faith-based communities face and ask for cooperation for the common good.

Dear Muslim friends,

1. The end of the month of Ramadan offers the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue a welcome occasion for sending you our most cordial wishes, hoping that the efforts you have so generously made during this month will bring all the desired spiritual fruits.

Full report at:

http://www.siasat.com/english/news/%E2%80%9Cwe-are-spiritually-very-close-you%E2%80%9D-vatican%E2%80%99s-ramadan-message-muslims

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Afghan president orders release of 20 would-be youth suicide bombers

26 Aug, 2011

Kabul, Afghanistan (CNN) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai has ordered the release of a group of would-be child suicide attackers ranging between ages 8 and 17.

Some of the 20 youngsters told Karzai that they were recruited by the Taliban, strapped with vests and ordered to detonate them near foreigners, the president's office said in a statement.

Militants told the youngsters that the blasts would spare them but kill the foreigners, the statement said Wednesday.

Karzai asked security forces to free the youth and hand them over to their families.

The president told the children that while other countries are educating youth to be doctors and engineers, militants in Afghanistan are teaching them to be suicide attackers, the statement said.

Afghan and international forces have been battling the Taliban, who are leading an insurgency against the government.

Analysts say the Taliban are recruiting children from Islamic schools and low-income neighborhoods to carry out suicide missions.

In Pakistan, the Taliban promise children rivers of milk and honey, and tell them that virgins await them in heaven, military officials say.

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/08/25/afghanistan.suicide.pardon/

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Libya restive amid loyalist shelling, UK warplane strikes

August 26, 2011

Tripoli, Libya (CNN) -- British warplanes took aim at Moammar Gadhafi's hometown of Sirte overnight and pounded a "large headquarters bunker," the UK Defence Ministry said on Friday.

This attack unfolded as rebels worked to consolidate their power across the strife-torn nation and hard-core Gadhafi loyalists launched mortars and rockets at the rebel-controlled Tripoli International Airport.

The ministry said Tornado aircraft fired a salvo of precision-guided missiles in Sirte, east of Tripoli on the central coast. Britain is part of NATO's mission to enforce a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for the protection of Libyan people against Gadhafi regime forces.

Tornado aircraft destroyed one of Gadhafi's "few remaining long range surface to air missile systems, near Al Watiyah, close to the Tunisian border on Thursday, the ministry said.

The ministry said Tornados and Typhoons destroyed a loyalist-held command and control site in the Tripoli area, also on Thursday.

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As for the airport, rebels said they controlled the facility, but were struggling to secure an area east of it controlled by Gadhafi loyalists.

Full report at:

http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/08/26/libya.war/

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Europe’s far right influence mainstream Islamophobia discourse

By Hassan Joudi

August 26, 2011

The strong Islamophobic dogma behind the Norwegian terrorist attacks by Anders Behring Breivik has highlighted the recent rise of Muslims-taking-over-Europe rhetoric in the public sphere.

Far-right political parties all over Europe have enjoyed increasing popularity and bigger share of votes in parliamentary elections since September 2001. They have thrived on fears of Islamification, often xenophobic anti-immigration policies and complaints of multiculturalism eroding national identity.

Media labels for these parties have included nationalist, populist, far-right, conservative, extremist or right-wing. But many commentators argue to drop the “extremist” label as many of these parties have gained significant support from their national electorate, that they can no longer be considered on the fringes of the political scene.

Many have strong links with each other, with members travelling across Europe to speak at each other’s conferences. Conversely, others deny links with each other and reject their policies as too extreme or too moderate.

Since the Norwegian terrorist attack on July 22, far-right parties have been scrambling to distance themselves for Breivik’s actions, but not necessarily his ideas.

France’s right-wing party, the National Front, has gradually gained momentum in the last decade. In January 2011 it elected a new leader Marine Le Pen. She succeeds her father who founded the party in 1972 and who was convicted for racist and anti-Semitic comments in the past.

Full report at:

http://www.muslimnews.co.uk/paper/index.php?article=5441

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11 killed, 14 injured in Nowshera blast

August 26, 2011

PESHAWAR: A powerful remote-controlled bicycle bomb exploded near a busy hotel in Nowshera on Thursday, killing 11 people, wounding 14 and destroying the building.

The device went off in the evening as dozens of people were gathered after breaking the day’s fast. Like the rest of the Muslim world, Pakistan is observing Ramazan, when the faithful fast from dawn to dusk.

The bomb was planted on a bicycle parked in the front courtyard of the hotel in Nowshera, police said.

Mian Iftikhar Hussain, the information minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, told reporters at the site that 11 people had been killed and 14 injured in the blast.

Hayatullah Khan, a senior police officer who was also at the chaotic scene, said that the dead included two army and one air force personnel.

“A woman and a child were also killed in the attack,” he said. “It was a remote-controlled bomb. The officials of Bomb Disposal Squad are collecting more evidence.”

Muhammad Hussain, a senior police officer in Nowshera, said, “The hotel was destroyed along with an adjacent hotel. Six nearby shops were badly damaged.” The death toll could rise as several people were critically wounded, the official said.

Last week, 51 people were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a crowded mosque in Khyber tribal district, in the deadliest attack for three months.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\08\26\story_26-8-2011_pg1_3

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Syrian forces kill 8, protesters hail Libya

August 26, 2011

AMMAN: Forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad killed eight people across Syria overnight, activists said on Friday, in a sustained campaign to crush street protests against his rule buoyed by the demise of Muammar Gaddafi's power in Libya.   

Many of the deaths occurred as a result of attacks on street demonstrations demanding an end to 41 years of Assad family domination that have been breaking out daily after Ramadan prayers that follow the breaking of the fast, they said. "Congratulations to the Libyan people," read signs carried by protesters who marched at night demanding Assad's removal in

the town of Kisweh, where thousands of refugees from the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights live, just south of Damascus.     "God is with us. The revolution is bringing together the free," shouted demonstrators in the resort town of Zabadani, west of the capital and near the border with Lebanon.        

Any power shakeup in Syria would have major regional repercussions. But Assad, from Syria's minority Alawite sect still has alliances with an influential Sunni business class, a loyalist core in the army and security apparatus facing little resistance in crushing protests anywhere in the country.        

http://www.thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=21541&title=8-killed-in-Syria,-protesters-hail-Libya

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Libyan Rebels Renew Appeal for Release of Assets

By SEBNEM ARSU and ALAN COWELL

August 26, 2011

ISTANBUL — As Libyan rebels said they had begun to transfer their administration from Benghazi to the capital, Tripoli, a senior official of the movement on Friday renewed an appeal for the release of frozen Libyan assets, saying the insurgents had “dire needs” as they seek to supplant the administration of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi.

The official, Mahmoud Jibril, the de facto rebel prime minister, was speaking at a news conference here as reports from Tripoli spoke of continued resistance by pro-Qaddafi forces and growing evidence of widespread killings that have left bodies to rot untended and human rights monitors to question the behavior of combatants on both sides.

At the news conference, Mr. Jibril said the rebels “need to collect weapons” that have flooded into the city since they began their takeover of the capital last Sunday and wanted to build national police and military forces to restore order.

“This needs a lot of money,” he said.

“After all, our friends in the world all talk about immediate stability and security, which can be achieved if only we are delivered the necessary means - technical and financial assistance, some diverse support,” Mr. Jibril said. The rebel Transitional National Council “needs to prove its power by delivering the needs of Libyan people. Otherwise, there will be a legitimacy crisis,” he added.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/27/world/africa/27libya.html?gwh=9C20D9FF2020E8CE7C2648165A34D314

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Iraq violence leaves 12 dead

August 26, 2011

BAGHDAD: A series of bomb attacks and shootings across Iraq killed 12 people, including six security force members, and wounded 87 others, medical and security officials said.

In the deadliest attack, a vehicle packed with explosives detonated near a police station in the town of Al-Gharma, just west of Baghdad in predominantly Sunni Anbar province.

Four policemen were killed and six others wounded in the blast, according to Omar Belli, a doctor at the main hospital in the nearby town of Fallujah.

Belli added that another bomb explosion in Fallujah left seven people wounded four of them police.

A car bomb that exploded in the southern port city of Basra near a mosque as worshippers were leaving Thursday evening killed three people and injured 50 others, according to a doctor at the city’s Al-Sadr hospital.

In the town of Al-Qaim on the Syrian border, a roadside bomb against a convoy carrying Iraqi army Major General Ismail Shahab killed a convoy driver and wounded two of Shahab’s bodyguards, according to a military official who did not want to be named. It was unclear if Shahab was hurt.

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/26/iraq-violence-leaves-12-dead.html

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2 killed as thousands of Syrians protest

By ELIZABETH A. KENNEDY

August 26, 2011

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian security forces fired on thousands of anti-government protesters Friday, killing at least two people as activists called for "patience and determination" more than five months into the country's uprising, witnesses and rights groups said.

The protests came on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan, a time when many protesters hoped would serve as a breaking point for the authoritarian regime of President Bashar Assad. Instead, the government's crackdown has intensified dramatically.

Human rights groups say Assad's forces have killed more than 2,000 people since the uprising against his autocratic rule erupted in mid-March, touched off by the wave of revolutions sweeping the Arab world.

The Local Coordination Committees, an activist group that helps organize the protests, said at least two people were killed Friday in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour. Other activists confirmed the toll.

Protests also were reported in Idlib province near Turkey and the suburbs of the capital, Damascus, along with sweeping arrests.

Activists chose "patience and determination" as the theme of Friday's protests across Syria.

The crackdown has led to broad condemnation and sanctions. Assad has shrugged off the calls for him to step down, insisting that religious extremists and thugs are driving the violence, not true reform-seekers.

Assad has exploited fears of chaos in Syria, with the regime portraying him as the only man who can guarantee peace in a country with a potentially volatile mix of religious groups.

The opposition, however, says the protest movement is free of sectarian overtones and is simply demanding freedom and democracy.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press.

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Israeli airstrikes kill two Gaza militants

Aug 26 2011

Gaza : Israeli airstrikes killed two Gaza militants, one a local commander of the Islamic Jihad group in the Gaza Strip, and wounded four others who fired rockets at Israel, despite a two-day-old truce, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.

The death toll rose to three when Palestinian medics recovered the body of a 65-year-old man whom they said had been hit by an Israeli tank shell. An Israeli military statement said the first airstrike targeted a militant in Rafah suspected of involvement in weapons smuggling and militant operations in Egypt’s Sinai from where gunmen entered Israel and killed eight people last week. Medics said the militant died when his car exploded as a result of the strike and two other people were wounded.

A second militant was killed and two others were wounded in a later airstrike after they launched more rockets at Israel, Gaza hospital officials said. Two gunmen were wounded when trying to launch rockets in a third airstrike, the army said.

A military spokeswoman said five rocket launchings from the Gaza Strip had been registered during the day.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/israeli-airstrikes-kill-two-gaza-militants/837440/

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Six dead in Thai south attacks

August 26, 2011

NARATHIWAT, Thailand: A roadside blast killed five security officers travelling to the scene of a fatal shooting in the Thai south Friday, police said, amid a spike in attacks during the holy month of Ramazan.

The officers, responding to reports that a man had been shot on Thursday night in a rubber plantation in Narathiwat province, were targeted by one of two bombs hidden on the route into the area.

“Our officials went to the scene but there was an explosion on the way,” said Police Lieutenant Colonel Prakard Eiadklai, inspector at the local Rue Soh district police station.

He said one person was wounded in the attack. The second bomb was defused and authorities were later able to reach the body of the shooting victim.

In a separate blast in Yala on Thursday, five refuse collectors were wounded, two of them seriously, on their morning rounds when a device hidden in a rubbish bag was detonated.

Around 4,800 people have been killed since rebels launched an uprising in early 2004, according to the latest figures from Deep South Watch, which monitors the conflict in Thailand’s three southernmost provinces.

Full report at:http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/26/six-dead-in-thai-south-attacks.html

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Indonesian Sharia police separate Aceh lesbian couple

By Alice Budisatrijo

August 26, 2011

Islamic police in the Indonesian province of Aceh have forced two women to have their marriage annulled and sign an agreement to separate.

The women had been legally married for a few months after one of them passed as a man in front of an Islamic cleric who presided over their wedding.

But suspicious neighbours confronted the couple and reported them to police.

The two women are now back with their families, forcibly separated and under surveillance by the Islamic police.

The local Sharia police chief told them Islam said they must be beheaded and burned for what they had done.

But Aceh, the only province in Indonesia that is allowed to implement Sharia law, has yet to adopt any provisions dealing with gay and lesbian people.

The provincial parliament passed Islamic laws authorising the stoning to death of adulterers and the caning of homosexuals in 2009, but the governor has refused to sign it.

Homosexuality is frowned upon but legal in Indonesia.

Activists have blamed Aceh's Sharia laws for encouraging vigilantism and intolerance, and say they violate the Indonesian constitution.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-14667232

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What the Qur'an Teaches: A night full of blessings

Aug 26, 2011

In the name of God, the Lord of Grace, the Ever Merciful Ha Mim. By the book that makes things clear! We have bestowed it from on high on a blessed night; for, indeed, We have always sent warnings. On that night every matter of wisdom is made clear by Our command; for, indeed, We have always sent messages (of guidance) as a mercy from your Lord. He alone is the One who hears all and knows all. (Smoke; Al-Dukhan; 44: 1-6)

The surah begins with the two separate letters, Ha Mim, making an oath by them and by the book composed of letters like them, making things clear. We have spoken elsewhere about these separate letters occurring at the beginning of a number of surahs in the Qur’an. The point to add here is that making them the subject of an oath is just like taking an oath on the book. Every single letter, representing a sound, is a true miracle, or one of God’s signs manifested in man’s make-up, giving him the ability to speak. They also identify the order in which alphabetical sounds occur along the vocal tract, the symbol representing the letter and its sound, as also man’s ability to gather information through them. All these are significant facts that grow in our minds when we seriously reflect on them.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/islam/article493735.ece

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Five kidnapped Pakistanis killed in Afghanistan

By Tahir Khan

August 26, 2011

Five Pakistani nationals, including a woman, who were kidnapped in Afghanistan’s volatile eastern Paktia province on August 14, were found dead on Thursday.

ISLAMABAD: Five Pakistani nationals, including a woman, who were kidnapped in Afghanistan’s volatile eastern Paktia province on August 14, were found dead on Thursday.

An Afghan journalist in Paktia, Ihsanulah Mahjoor, told The Express Tribune via phone that bodies of the five Pakistanis were found in Jani Khel district. They were kidnapped a week ago from Samankani, a district bordering Pakistan on their way to Parachinar. Family members of the victims earlier this week had said that the kidnappers had demanded a ransom of Rs6 million.

Residents of Parachinar and upper parts of the Kurram Agency had no choice but to travel through Afghanistan to get to their native areas ever since the Peshawar-Parachinar Road has become unsafe and is frequently attacked by militants. Travellers routinely enter the Paktia province and cross the Torkham border after a long journey through Logar, Kabul and Nangrahar provinces.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/239544/journey-to-death-five-kidnapped-pakistanis-killed-in-afghanistan/

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Bukhari calls stir anti-Islam, tells Muslims to stay away

26 Aug, 2011

NEW DELHI: Syed Ahmed Bukhari, Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, has called upon Muslims to stay away from the Anna movement saying his war cry — Vande Mataram and Bharat Mata Ki Jai — are against Islam.

"Islam does not condone the worship of the nation or land. It does not even condone worship of the mother who nurtures a child in her womb. How can Muslims then join his stir with a war cry that is against the basic tenets of Islam. I have advised them to stay away," Bukhari told TOI.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-08-22/india/29914350_1_shahi-imam-muslims-syed-ahmed-bukhari

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Anti-zionist rally marks Int'l Quds Day in New Delhi

August 26, 2011

New Delhi, Aug 26, IRNA -- To express solidarity with the oppressed people of Palestine and sending a clear message of condemnation for Zionist Regime for its illegal occupation of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Indian Muslims, mainly Shias on Friday staged anti-Zionists rally at Jantar Mantar in Central Delhi.

 Thousands of Muslims, under the banner of National Council of Shia Ulema took to the street to mark the International Quds Day.

They raised the slogans for the liberation of holy Al-Aqsa Mosque, Down with Israel, Down with US and Long Live Islam.

Chanting slogans in favour of Palestine they demanded an end to the Zionists illegal occupation of Arab lands.

Earlier, addressing the protestors, Maulana Syed Mohsin Taqavi, Friday Prayer Leader of Shia Mosque at Kashmiri Gate in Delhi, called for unified resistance against the Zionists and US designs.

He emphasized on the need for early liberation of the occupied Muslim land of Palestine, in order to restore peace in the region.

Full report at:

http://www.irna.ir/ENNewsShow.aspx?NID=30536897&SRCH=1

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Sharia law ban has no place in our state

August 26, 2011

A bill to ban use of Islamic Sharia law in Michigan courts is before our Legislature. What do its supporters think the bill will achieve?

That we'll stop stoning to death a woman found guilty of adultery? No more cutting off the hands of those found guilty of shoplifting?

Hardly.

Such legislation, in Michigan and many other states, is a knee-jerk reaction to fears of encroaching Islamization, fears which, as far as we can tell, have nothing to do with reality.

An example of groundless fears surfaced shortly after Dearborn police last year arrested members of a Christian group for breaching the peace at an Arab International Festival in that city. The group posted videos accusing police of defending Islam against the U.S. Constitution. That was echoed and re-echoed across the nation, without context, by people who knew next to nothing about Sharia law or what place it might have in our legal system.

As we understand it, it only has a place — when those involved in a dispute submitted for mediation agree to be bound by it.

Sharia law, or legal systems of other religions, including Judaism, aren't forced on lawbreakers in a criminal case or unwilling participants in a civil dispute. To do so, we suspect, would indeed be unconstitutional.

The only Muslim in the state House, Detroit Democrat Rashida Tlaib, said the bill would restrict rights for Muslims, Catholics and Jews and promote bigotry and xenophobia.

A spokesman for a faith-based group believes the bill, if passed, will itself be ruled unconstitutional.

The proposed legislation, like the forces behind it, is the product of ignorant, fearful people. It should be defeated.

http://www.dailytribune.com/articles/2011/08/25/opinion/srv0000013377356.txt

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At least 63 die in Kohistan village hit by flash floods

By Muhammad Farooq & Nisar Ahmad Khan

August 26, 2011

GILGIT/MANSEHRA: Flash floods triggered by heavy monsoon rains swept through an entire village in the Kandia valley of the Kohistan district on Thursday morning.

According to local police officials and villagers, at least 63 people, 28 children, 17 women and 18 men, were killed. Some TV channel reported up to 80 fatalities.

But District Coordination Officer Syed Imtiaz Ali Shah confirmed only 33 deaths, and said relief and rescue efforts were under way in the affected area.

He said the village of Richow was located at high altitude. Bodies of 33 people were found by people living in lower areas and a number of villagers were missing. Hundreds of cattle head were also swept away, Mr Shah said.

The hill torrents washed away the main road linking the valley with the district headquarters of Dasu which has hindered rescue and relief work. Mr Shah said that two helicopters were being sent with 300 food packets, tents, quilts and blankets to the affected village.

Health and rescue teams have already been dispatched to the area.

Provincial Disaster Management Authority spokesman Adnan Khan told Dawn in Peshawar that an emergency meeting of all line departments would be held on Friday to cope with the aftermath of rains in the province.

The valley of Kandia, situated between high mountains and Kandia River, is vulnerable to natural calamities and a large number of families left the area after last year’s floods. In 2009, over 52 people were killed when avalanches hit a village.

Meanwhile, several parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and tribal areas received widespread rains on Thursday morning and Met office has forecast more rains across the province.

Kohat received 240mm of rain on Thursday, the heaviest single-day rainfall in any city in the country during the current monsoon season.

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/26/at-least-63-die-in-kohistan-village-hit-by-flash-floods.html

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Four seats of Pakistan Senate reserved for non-Muslims

August 26, 2011

Islamabad: Four seats for non-Muslims have been reserved in Pakistan's upper house of parliament.

President Asif Ali Zardari Thursday signed an amendment to reserve four seats for non-Muslims in the Senate, reported Associated Press of Pakistan.

They will be elected by the members of each Provincial Assembly from the next Senate election.

Pakistan's constitution provides for a parliamentary form of government with a bicameral legislature, comprising the National Assembly and the Senate. The membership of the Senate, which was originally 45, was raised to 63 in 1977 and to 87 in 1985. The government of General Pervez Musharraf raised the membership of the Senate from 87 to 100 in 2002.

This is for the first time that Senate will also have reserved seats for non-Muslims.

Previously, there were 10 reserved seats in the National Assembly for non-Muslims but none in the Senate.

Minorities form approximately four percent of Pakistan's total population of over 170 million. Over 80 percent of the non-Muslims in Pakistan are either Christians or Hindus.

http://www.ummid.com/news/2011/August/26.08.2011/pak_reserves_seats_for+non_muslims.htm

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Nato joins attack on Gaddafi bastion

August 26, 2011

British Tornado jets fired precision-guided missiles against a large bunker in Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi's hometown of Sirte, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.

The Tornadoes took off from RAF Marham in Norfolk on a long-range strike mission on Thursday night.

Libyan rebels are also building up their forces on the road to Sirte, sending tanks and rocket launchers.

Rebel leaders have appealed to foreign governments to unfreeze Libyan funds.

The UN has already agreed to release $1.5bn (£1bn) in Libyan assets - which had been frozen under sanctions - to help with immediate humanitarian needs.

Closing in

In a statement, the MoD said "a formation of Tornado GR4s... fired a salvo of Storm Shadow precision-guided missiles against a large headquarters bunker" in Sirte.

The bunker housed a command and control centre. There is no indication that Col Gaddafi was in Sirte or in the bunker itself at the time of the attack.

It's not a question of finding Gaddafi, it's ensuring the regime does not have the capability to continue waging war against its own people," Defence Secretary Liam Fox told the BBC.

"The attack that we launched on the bunker in Sirte last night was to make sure that there was no alternative command and control should the regime try to leave Tripoli."

Nato warplanes also targeted 29 vehicles mounted with weapons near Sirte and bombed surface-to-air missile facilities near Tripoli, the alliance said at a daily briefing in Brussels.

Meanwhile, the rebels are building up their forces around the town of Bin Jawad, preparing for an assault on Sirte, about 100km (60 miles) to the west.

Full report at:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14677754

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Qadhafi era coming to an end: Clinton

August 26, 2011

Even as the situation in Libya remains fluid, it is clear that the Muammar Qadhafi era is coming to an end thus paving the way for beginning of a new era, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

“The events in Libya this week have heartened the world.

The situation remains fluid, but its clear that the Qadhafi era is coming to an end, opening the way for a new era in Libya — one of liberty, justice, and peace,” Ms. Clinton said after the United Nations approved release of USD 1.5 billion in Libyan assets that had been frozen in the U.S.

“This money would go toward meeting the needs of people of Libya. We urge other nations to take similar measures. Many are already doing so,” she said.

Ms. Clinton said that the National Transitional Council (NTC) should fulfil its international responsibilities and commitments to build a tolerant, unified democratic state that protects the universal human rights of all its citizens.

“It is critical that the NTC engage swiftly with leaders and communities across Libya to ensure order, provide critical basic services to the people, and pave the way for a full democratic transition.

“Libya’s future would be peaceful only if the leaders and people of Libya reach out to each other in a spirit of peace.

There can be no place in the new Libya for revenge attacks and reprisals,” she said.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/article2399216.ece

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Libya shows cracks in Western military cooperation

Aug 26, 2011

BRUSSELS: Nato allies may have succeeded in giving a military edge to a rebellion against Libya's Muammar Gaddafi but the operation exposed cracks in the Western alliance that will complicate its involvement in future conflicts.

There are few doubts the Western bombing campaign was instrumental in allowing Libyan rebels to defeat government forces and effectively seize power after more than four decades of Gaddafi's authoritarian rule.

But how it was put together through European and US diplomacy shows Western powers may opt for going their separate ways in the future when it comes to "discretionary" military intervention that is conducted to protect civilians and not in self-defence.

Such a trend would put new strains on their already dwindling defence budgets at a time of deepening financial difficulties in Europe and may threaten Nato's ability to remain effective in the near future, some analysts say.

Full report at:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Libya-shows-cracks-in-

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J&K journos seek freedom from State shackles

Khursheed Wani

August 26, 2011

Journalists in Kashmir staged a sit-in to protest against alleged harassment by the Jammu & Kashmir Police and perpetual practice of the official agencies to create “hurdles” in their professional work. They asked the Omar Abdullah-led coalition Government to either issue an official order to ban journalism in Kashmir or allow complete freedom of the Press in the embattled region.

The sit-in was staged at Residency Road, where the bulk of local newspapers and correspondents of national and international media organisations have offices.

Photo-journalists and videographers placed their cameras on ground to exhibit resentment against police atrocities. Kashmir Press Photographers Association, which organised the demonstration, alleged that the policemen were deliberately targeting photo-journalists and subjecting them to humiliation.

Even as the resentment against the police and security forces is brewing up for quite some time among the journalists, the protest was instigated by last Friday’s ruthless beating and confinement of a group of photo-journalists including a foreigner when they were covering a protest rally and stone-pelting in down town Srinagar. Photographers alleged that police chased and overpowered them before dragging into police stations and subjecting to torture and humiliation.

Full report at:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/363384/JK-journos-seek-freedom-from-State-shackles.html

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London to host the 1st annual forum for Arab media academics

By RAZAN BAKER

Aug 26, 2011

LONDON: In a bid to bridge the gap between theory and practice, the Saudi Journalists Club in the UK (SJCUK) will host the 1st annual forum for Arab media academics here on Oct. 29 at the Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

“Now with the development of new media and the revolutions in our region, everyone is keen on addressing these issues in his/her country but we do not hear about it a lot,” said the SJCUK President Prince Bader ibn Saud.

He added, this forum hence aims at opening the doors for media academics to exchange experiences with their peers who share similar interest. For the first time, he said, the event will allow media academics to discuss their point of views with media practitioners from various Arab countries.

The SJCUK has been holding various events throughout the year, however, what makes this forum special, said Prince Bader, is that it is developed from fruitful collaboration from more than 30 members in the club.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/saudiarabia/article493813.ece

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US firebomb suspect railed against Muslims: Document

By NIGEL DUARA

August 26, 2011

CORVALLIS, Oregon: Court documents show a 24-year-old man arrested in the November firebombing of a mosque in Oregon had ranted against Muslims in subsequent encounters with police officers and said Christians are also capable of jihad.

Cody Crawford was arrested Wednesday night. He’s accused of setting fire to the Corvallis mosque just two days after FBI agents arrested a Somali-American on a charge of plotting to set off a bomb at Portland’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

A court document says that during an encounter with a police officer three weeks after the firebombing, Crawford ranted against Muslims and told the officer, “Christians can jihad too.”

The mosque was where the suspect in a Portland bomb plot once worshipped.

Cody Crawford, who lived a block from the mosque, was arrested Wednesday night. FBI agents and police searched his home shortly after the Nov. 28 firebombing.

Court documents say Crawford is a “potential major contributor” of DNA on a blue Maglite flashlight found near the mosque the morning of the firebombing. The documents also show that during a later contact with police, Crawford described himself as a Christian warrior, ranted against Muslims and told an officer he looked like President Barack Obama.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/world/article493660.ece

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‘Jokes without Qaddafi no fun

By ROBERT SIRSEL

August 26, 2011

BENGHAZI, Libya: For 35 years Milood Amroni, Libya’s top comedian, used humor as a weapon to poke fun, ever so carefully, at the government of Muammar Qaddafi.

But an uprising wrested Amroni’s home, the eastern city of Benghazi, from Qaddafi’s rule months ago. While the revolution means Amroni is finally able to joke openly without fear of disappearing into prison, he says he’s had enough of political jokes and wants to move on.

“I felt I had to start again from the very beginning,” Amroni told Reuters.

“I felt that if I make jokes about Qaddafi they wouldn’t be good jokes because he’s too weak now and it’s not good to make jokes about a weak guy,” said the tall, pencil-thin 50-year-old.

Rebel forces are in the final phase of the battle for Tripoli, having overrun Qaddafi’s fortified compound and forced him into hiding.

Rebels also report fighting deep in the desert and a standoff around Qaddafi’s hometown. But in the Mediterranean city of Benghazi, Qaddafi’s rule is largely a memory since his forces were driven out.

Full report at:

http://arabnews.com/lifestyle/offbeat/article493697.ece

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Gaza group watching Israel’s response to new truce

August 26, 2011

GAZA CITY: A Gaza militant leader said Friday that his Islamic Jihad group will be watching Israel’s response to the latest attempt at a cease-fire, following more than a week of hostilities with Israel.

Muhammad Al-Hindi, a leader of the Palestinian faction, said the Egyptian-mediated truce went into effect Friday.

It’s the second attempt to end more than a week of hostilities. The escalation began with an incursion by militants, apparently from Gaza, who crossed on Aug. 18 into southern Israel from Egypt and killed eight Israelis.

A cease-fire late Sunday dissolved with rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel and retaliatory Israeli airstrikes, in which two dozen Palestinians and one Israeli were killed.

”We are evaluating and monitoring the commitment of the occupation government to the cease-fire,” said Al-Hindi, adding that Israel ”carries full responsibility for the latest escalation, and for any future violations of this cease-fire.”

Full report at:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/08/26/gaza-group-watching-israels-response-to-new-truce.html

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Iranians chant 'death to Israel' on 'Quds Day'

Aug 26 2011

Tehran : Tens of thousands of people marched here today at the "Quds Day" rally, an annual regime-sanctioned demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians and against Israel, according to footage aired on state

television.

The television showed large crowds in major cities, carrying banners of "Death to Israel" and "Death to America".

Many demonstrators also brandished portraits of the supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the founder of the Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who attended the rally in Tehran, was to give a speech before the Friday prayers at Tehran University.

The "Quds Day" rally is held every year on the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramzan in solidarity with the Palestinians.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/iranians-chant-death-to-israel-on-quds-day/837622/

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Iraq warning to Libya: How not to overthrow a dictator

Aug 26 2011

Baghdad : Iraqis who lived through the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein see eery similarities in the scenes of Libyans parading through Tripoli ripping up posters of Moammar Gaddafi. But Iraqis also saw looting, bloodshed and bombings in the days and years since.

"A lot of people think that freedom means doing whatever you want to do,'' said Saad Abbas, who witnessed the jubilant cheering when a statue of Saddam Hussein was torn down by American troops steps from Baghdad's Palestine Hotel.

Libyans "are going to have revenge, stealing from the shops. A lot of problems will happen,'' Abbas said in an interview at the hotel, which he manages.

Skirmishing, some intense, continues in Tripoli. But Gaddafi's regime seems all but finished, with his leading opponents who had established their interim administration, the National Transitional Council, in eastern Libya earlier now moving into Tripoli.

The Iraq conflict provides a sober lesson: Winning the peace is often harder than winning the war.

Libya's rebel military chief Abdel-Hakim Belhaj seems aware of the challenge, telling Al-Jazeera television Tuesday: "We ask God to bless our country with stability.''

Belhaj also called on Libyans to act responsibly.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/iraq-warning-to-libya-how-not-to-overthrow-a-dictator/837633/

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Libya’s monarchist flag turns into rebel emblem

August 26, 2011

Libya's rebel flag, which evolved from that of the monarchy, has been hoisted at numerous Libyan overseas embassies and is being waved by jubilant opponents of Muammar Gaddafi who say they have taken control of most of the country.

Consisting of a white crescent and star on a horizontal red, black and green triband, with the central black band twice the width of the outer bands the flag was adopted as the rebel emblem at the start of the uprising against Gaddafi in February in the eastern stronghold of Benghazi.

The rebels have not so far broached a return to monarchy in the country which has been ruled by Gaddafi for 42 years, since he toppled King Idriss in a 1969 military coup.

The flag was adopted when Libya became independent on December 24, 1951 with Idriss as its head of state. Before being adopted across Libya in 1951, the monarchist flag was already that of the eastern region of Cyrenaica from December 1950. Cyrenaica's main city, Benghazi, has led the revolt against Gaddafi.

The flag of Cyrenaica was inspired by that of the Ottoman Empire to which it and the province of Tripoli belonged from 1551 to 1912, before being ceded to Italy, which unified the country in 1934. It flew until being replaced in 1969 following the Libyan Revolution by three of the pan-Arab colours, red, white and black, but without the fourth colour green. In 1972, when Libya joined the Federation of Arab Republics, the federation's flag was adopted, featuring a golden hawk holding a scroll with the Arabic name of the federation.

http://www.asianage.com/international/libya-s-monarchist-flag-turns-rebel-emblem-482

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Manipur demanded introduction of Urdu in schools

August 26, 2011

Manipur: All Manipur Muslim College Teachers’ Association (AMMCOTA) raised some of the issues faced by the Muslim community in the field of education in Manipur at the awareness cum felicitation programme of meritorious Muslim students held on 31st July 2011 at Manipur Press Club, Majorkhul, Imphal.

The function, hosted by AMMCOTA, was graced by Alhaj A. Halim Choudhury, IAS (Retd.), Chairperson, Manipur State Minorities Commission; Alhaj MA Janab Khan, former Additional Director of Education, and Alhaj Md. Khalilur Rahman, Principal of Lilong Haoreibi College and President of AMMCOTA as Chief Guest, Guest of Honour and President respectively.

Besides the Muslim college teachers, the function was attended by Muslim bureaucrats, lawyers, doctors, students, community leaders and social activists of the state. M.A. Salam, MCS, Deputy Secretary Education (U), Md. Reihanuddin Choudhury, MCS, Deputy Secretary (Home) and M.A. Sukur, MCS (Retd.), Additional District Magistrate (Imphal East) were among the guests.

Full report at:

http://www.siasat.com/english/news/manipur-demanded-introduction-urdu-schools

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Iran's Ahmadinejad: No place for Israel in region

August 26, 2011

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The Iranian president said on Friday there will be no room for Israel in the region after the formation of a Palestinian state, and that once the state is established, the liberation of all Palestinian lands should follow.

The comments by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reflected his typical anti-Israeli rhetoric, which has drawn international condemnation since he first said in 2005 that Israel should be "wiped off the map."

Ahmadinejad spoke at a Tehran ceremony following nationwide pro-Palestinian rallies marking Quds Day. Quds is the Arabic word for Jerusalem. The annual demonstration is an occasion for Iranian officials to show off their support for Palestinians and condemn archenemy Israel.

The remarks come as the Palestinians are pushing this year to achieve recognition at the United Nations during the General Assembly meeting in September. The statehood bid comes amid stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations and although the U.N. vote in New York will be largely symbolic, the Palestinians believe it will send a powerful message to Israel.

Full report at:

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press.

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Amnesty urges swift trial of Sialkot lynching case

August 26, 2011

In a letter to the law ministry, the group says justice is vital for rule of law. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Human rights advocacy group Amnesty International has called upon Pakistan to ensure a prompt, fair and transparent trial of the accused in the Sialkot lynching case.

“Ensuring the accountability of all those directly or indirectly involved in the incident, including police officials, is integral to maintaining the rule of law,” says a five-page letter written by Sam Zarifi, Amnesty International’s Asia-Pacific director, to Law Minister Maula Bux Chandio.

Copies of the letter have also been sent to the chief justice of the SC and the Punjab Chief Minister, sources said.

The incident, which took place in August last year, led to widespread condemnation locally and internationally. Footage of the incident, showed policemen standing on the sidelines as a mob mercilessly lynched brothers Mughees, 19, and Muneeb, 16, with iron rods at Doburji Chowk in Sialkot. Members of the mob accused the brothers of being robbers but a judicial inquiry ordered by the Supreme Court found the boys were innocent.

“After the footage was broadcast on national television, 11 police officials and 17 others were arrested on suspicion of involvement. The case is currently before a special anti-terrorism court in Gujranwala,” the letter says.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/239538/advocacy-group-amnesty-urges-swift-trial-of-sialkot-lynching-case

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UN report on Gaza-bound flotilla delayed

27 August 2011

UNITED NATIONS — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is postponing the delivery of a UN panel’s report on Israel’s raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla that killed nine Turkish activists.

He says the reason for the delay is to give the two governments more time to reach a “harmonious agreement” on its findings.

Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ruled out normalizing ties with Israel until the Jewish state “officially apologizes” for the May 2010 raid. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has said his country will not apologize.

“It is important that these two countries improve their bilateral relationship,” Ban told reporters Friday. “That is why I have given additional time.”

But with September’s General Assembly ministerial meeting approaching, he said, “there’s a very limited time.”

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