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Suicide bomber kills 10, wounds 17 in Iraq mosque

Suicide bomber kills 10, wounds 17 in Iraq mosque

Explosion hits cafe in Morocco, 15 dead

Bahrain court sentences Shia protesters to death

Syria tried to build nuclear reactor: IAEA chief

Pakistan tests Hatf-8 cruise missile

Pakistan drops US, embraces China as new arms partner: Report

PML-Q supports division of Pak-Punjab province

Libya angers Tunisia as war briefly crosses border

Bahrain sentences four to die over police killing

Hundreds of Shiites protest in east Saudi Arabia

Syria protests toll is 500'

Pakistani soldier killed in explosion at camp

Several shops gutted after blast in NATO tanker: Jalalabad

Woman injured in Gujranwala blast

Pak: Karachi firing kills three, injures two

4 Bahraini protesters sentenced to death

US helps rebels as Qaddafi open new fronts

UN says Turkey should be involved in Libya process

US helps Libyan rebels, fighting rages in west

Osama`s son stayed in Karachi: Wikileaks

Pak: Another navy bus bombed, five killed   

Pakistan, India develop roadmap to boost trade

Strong Kashmir to fortify Pakistan

Pak Muslim League ‘Benzir is shaheed not Zulfiqar Bhutto’

Bomb squad secures suspected bomb at Hotel Indonesia roundabout

Jakarta outskirts a nest for NII: Police

Libyan forces battle rebels on Tunisian border

Egypt to open Rafah border crossing with Gaza

Thai soldier dies as ceasefire with Cambodia breached

Egypt sending team to help realise Palestinian deal

Senior Iraq general gunned down in Baghdad

Muslim Brotherhood to participate in Egypt's National Dialogue

Palestinians applaud surprise unity deal, Israel growls

Syria threatened Al-Jazeera staff: media watchdog

27 people injured in an attack, including a deputy

Europe must help Mideast countries protect democratic gains, PACE head says

No recognition for south Sudan if it claims Abyei: Bashir

Unity with Hamas to promote peace: Abbas

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Suicide bomber kills 10, wounds 17 in Iraq mosque

Apr 28, 2011

BAGHDAD: At least 10 people were killed and 17 wounded on Thursday when a suicide bomber blew himself up inside a mosque in Iraq's Diyala province, security officials said.

Insurgents have stepped up attacks in recent months, seeking to undermine faith in Iraq's army and police who will take full responsibility for security when US troops withdraw at the end of December, more than eight years after the US-led invasion.

The explosion occurred shortly after evening prayers in Balad Ruz, 90 km northeast of Baghdad, Muthana Al-Timimi, head of Diyala provincial council's security committee, said.

"A criminal blew himself up inside the mosque, which resulted in this number of casualties," Timimi said. "Some of the wounded are in a critical condition."

A source at Diyala's joint cooperation centre also put the toll at eight people killed and 17 wounded.

Bombings and attacks remain a daily occurrence in Iraq and while violence has dropped from the height of sectarian warfare in 2006-7, insurgents are still capable of carrying out lethal attacks.

Meanwhile, in the oil-rich, ethnically mixed province of Kirkuk, a car bomb targeting a passing convoy killed five people, including police Col. Mohammed Mohsen and three other policemen.

The explosion occurred at around 2:30 p.m. (1130 GMT) in the town of Shahria, according to a police colonel there.

Khalaf Al-Juburi, a doctor at the main hospital in the nearby town of Hawija, confirmed the death toll. Both sources said three policemen and three civilians were wounded.

Also on Thursday, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Alaa Jassim was shot dead by gunmen while in his car on a busy thoroughfare in the Ghazaliyah neighborhood of west Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official said.

Jassim was deputy commander of the air force’s Al-Muthanna base in central Baghdad. His death was the fourth of a senior Iraqi official in the past week, with at least three others having narrowly escaped.

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Apr/29/Iraq-violence-kills-13-people-wounds-at-least-23.ashx#axzz1Knh75MVc

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Explosion hits cafe in Morocco, 15 dead

29 April 2011

RABAT, Morocco — A massive explosion ripped through a cafe popular among foreign tourists in the Moroccan city of Marrakech on Thursday, killing 15 people and wounding 20 in what the government called a criminal act.

If confirmed as terrorism, the blast in the iconic Djemma el-Fna square would be Morocco’s deadliest bombing in eight years.

The explosion just before noon tore the facade off the two-story terracotta-colored Argana cafe, leaving awnings dangling. Panicked passersby dragged away bodies and tried to put out flames with fire extinguishers, witnesses told The Associated Press.

Moroccan government spokesman Khalid Naciri said that the 15 slain people came from a variety of countries but he did not say which ones.

“We worked for more than an hour, maybe less, on the hypothesis that this could eventually be accidental. But initial results of the investigation confirm that we are confronted with a true criminal act,” Naciri said in an interview with France-24 television.

He said that more about the bombers’ methods should be known within hours.

“There was a huge bang, and lots of smoke went up, there was debris raining down from the sky. Hundreds of people were running in panic, some towards the cafe, some away from the square. The whole front of the cafe is blown away,” witness Andy Birnie, of north London, told the AP by telephone. Birnie is honeymooning in Marrakech.

The square is a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its snake charmers, fire breathers and old town, or medina.

“It was lunchtime so the square was very busy. We had just walked into the square, but were shielded by some stalls,” Birnie said.

The state news agency MAP quoted a statement from the Interior Ministry as saying that 14 people were killed and 20 hurt in the explosion. The ministry said it appeared to be a “criminal act” and an investigation is under way.

The nationalities of the victims were not immediately clear.

Morocco is largely calm but was hit by terrorist bombings in Casablanca in 2003 that killed 45 people, including the suicide bombers. Moroccan authorities have regularly rounded up terror suspects since then and have been on alert for terrorist activity.

The Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, or GICM, a militant group was believed linked to those attacks. The GICM has also been implicated in the deadly attacks in Madrid in March 2004.

Al-Qaeda has an affiliate operating in North Africa that stages regular attacks and kidnappings in neighboring Algeria. Morocco has said in the past that it has dismantled several al-Qaida plots. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb currently holds four Frenchmen hostage after kidnapping them in Niger last year, and recently released new images and audio recordings of their voices.

Portuguese tourist Alexandre Carvalho, a 34 year-old call center worker from southern Portugal said, “I had just arrived at the square, the area where most cafes are located. Suddenly I heard this massive explosion, I had my back turned to it, I turned around to see it the explosion had happened on the veranda of a cafe.

“There were at least 10 injured people, lots of debris, things flying up in the air. I saw people in a panic running towards the area with fire extinguishers, some people being carried away. I believe the injured were mostly tourists, judging by what they were wearing,” Carvalho told AP by telephone

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/April/international_April1252.xml&section=international&col=

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Bahrain court sentences Shia protesters to death

29 APR 2011

A Bahraini military court sentenced four Shia protesters to death and three to life in prison Thursday over the killing of two policemen at a crackdown on a pro-democracy rally last month, state media said.

Full report:

http://newagebd.com/newspaper1/international/16950.html

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Syria tried to build nuclear reactor: IAEA chief

29 APR 2011

Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano, gesturers as he speaks to the media during a press conference while Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria sits next to him at the OECD headquarters in Paris, Thursday, April 28, 2011. – Photo by AP

PARIS: The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency said for the first time that a target destroyed by Israeli warplanes in the Syrian desert in 2007 was the covert site of a future nuclear reactor, countering assertions by Syria that it had no atomic secrets.

Previous reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency have suggested that the structure could have been a nuclear reactor. Thursday’s comments by IAEA chief Yukiya Amano were the first time the agency has said so unequivocally.

By aligning Amano with the US, which first asserted three years ago that the bombed target was a nuclear reactor, the comments could increase pressure on Syria to stop stonewalling agency requests for more information on its nuclear activities.

Amano spoke during a news conference meant to focus on the Fukushima nuclear disaster after a visit to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to discuss clean-up efforts at Japan’s tsunami-ravaged nuclear plant.

”The facility that was … destroyed by Israel was a nuclear reactor under construction,” he told a full news conference in response to a question from The Associated Press, repeating to the AP in taped comments afterward: ”It was a reactor under construction.”

Suggesting that Amano had erred in making the public comments, the IAEA later put out a statement that he ”did not say that the IAEA had reached the conclusion that the site was definitely a nuclear reactor.”

The rollback reflected previous, more circumspect, IAEA language. In a February report, Amano had said only that features of the bombed structure were ”similar to what may be found at nuclear reactor sites.”

Israel has never publicly commented on the strike or even acknowledged carrying it out. The US has shared intelligence with the agency that identifies the structure as a nearly completed nuclear reactor that, if finished, would have been able to produce plutonium for the fissile core of nuclear warheads.

Syria denies allegations of any covert nuclear activity or interest in developing nuclear arms. Its refusal to allow IAEA inspectors new access to the bombed Al Kibar desert site past a visit three years ago has heightened suspicions that it had something to hide, along with its decision to level the destroyed structure and later build over it.

Drawing on the 2008 visit by its inspectors, the IAEA determined that the destroyed building’s size and structure fit specifications that a reactor would have had. The site also contained graphite and natural uranium particles that could be linked to nuclear activities.

The IAEA is also trying to probe several other sites for possible undeclared nuclear activities linked to the bombed target but Damascus has been uncooperative on most counts, saying that most of the sites are restricted because of their military nature. – AP

http://www.dawn.com/2011/04/29/syria-tried-to-build-nuclear-reactor-iaea-chief.html

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Pakistan tests Hatf-8 cruise missile

Apr 29, 2011,

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan today successfully tested the nuclear-capable Hatf-VIII or Raad cruise missile which has a range of 350 kms, the military announced.

The indigenously developed low-flying stealth design missile, which can carry a nuclear or a conventional warhead, was tested at an undisclosed location.

The Inter-Services Public Relations said the test of the missile Raad was successful.

Full report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistan-tests-Hatf-8-cruise-missile/articleshow/8115020.cms

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Pakistan drops US, embraces China as new arms partner: Report

Mar 28, 2011,

Pakistan recently test-fired a nuclear-capable missile from anundisclosed location, for its short-range surface-to-surface Hatf-2 class rocket, which has been developed with help from China, Fox News reported.

The US was the main supplier of weapons to Pakistan since the mid-1960s. But it began to back away from the deals after years of "difficult and sometimes unpredictable" relations following the 9/11 terror attack.

Full report:

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-03-28/pakistan/29354063_1_nuclear-capable-jf-17s-pakistan

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PML-Q supports division of Pak-Punjab province

April 28, 2011

LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) in an indication to join the PPP-led coalition government in the centre, has supported creation of new provinces in the Punjab including Hazara province but opposed division of Sindh, Geo News reported on Thursday.

Full report:

http://thenews.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14808

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Libya angers Tunisia as war briefly crosses border

Apr 29, 2011,

TRIPOLI/TUNIS: Libya's two-month civil war spilled over the border into Tunisia, provoking outrage in the western neighbor, while rebels in Misrata said only NATO could halt the bombardment of the besieged city.

The struggle between forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and rebels trying Full report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Libya-angers-Tunisia-as-war-briefly-crosses-border/articleshow/8116794.cms

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Bahrain sentences four to die over police killing

Apr 29, 2011

MANAMA: A Bahraini military court ordered the death penalty for four men Thursday over the killing of two policemen in recent protests, state media said, a move that could increase sectarian strife in a close U.S. ally.

The ruling came amid heightened antagonism between Bahrain's Shi'ite Muslim majority and its Sunni ruling family after the island kingdom crushed anti-government protests last month with military help from fellow Sunni-led Gulf Arab neighbors.

It was only the third time in more than three decades that a death sentence had been issued against citizens of Bahrain, a U.S. ally which hosts the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet.

One of the prior death penalty cases came in the mid-1990s, during the greatest political unrest Bahrain had seen before this year. A protester was put to death by firing squad for killing a policeman during that time.

Three other defendants in the current case got life sentences, state media said.

The United States, which critics accuse of not reacting forcefully enough to Bahrain's political crackdown due to the tiny nation's key strategic significance, issued a measured statement on the sentences.

Full report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Bahrain-sentences-four-to-die-over-police-killing/articleshow/8116756.cms

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Hundreds of Shiites protest in east Saudi Arabia

Mar 26, 2011

CAIOR: A Saudi news agency says several hundred Shiite Muslims have held protests in eastern Saudi Arabia to demand the release of detainees and show support for fellow Shiites protesting against the Sunni monarchy in nearby Bahrain.

The Shiite news agency Rasid says protesters waving Bahraini flags marched in two cities in the province of Qatif.

Full report:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middleeast/Hundreds-of-Shiites-protest-in-east-Saudi-Arabia/articleshow/7790258.cms

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Syria protests toll is 500'

29 APR 2011

Syrian security forces have killed at least 500 civilians in a crackdown of a "peaceful democratic uprising", Syrian human rights organisation Sawasiah said on Thursday. Sawasiah, founded by jailed Syrian human rights lawyer Mohannad al-Hassani, also said thousands of Syrians have been arrested and

scores have gone missing after demonstrations demanding political freedoms and an end to corruption, erupted almost six weeks ago.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/restofasia/Syria-protests-toll-is-500/Article1-690654.aspx

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Pakistani soldier killed in explosion at camp

29 APR 2011

MUZAFFARABAD: One soldier was killed and five were wounded in an explosion at an army camp in a Pakistani administered area of Kashmir early Friday, officials said.

The blast took place around midnight and triggered fire in Gulpar camp in Kotli district near the UN monitored line of control that divides the disputed Himalayan region between India and Pakistan, local police chief Malik Khalid told AFP by telephone.

“One body has been recovered and five soldiers injured in the incident have been admitted to hospital,” he said.

Full report:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/04/29/pakistani-soldier-killed-in-explosion-at-camp-officials.html

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Several shops gutted after blast in NATO tanker: Jalalabad

April 28, 2011

JALALABAD (AIP): Several shops caught fire after an explosion in a NATO fuel supply vehicle this morning  in Jalalabad City, capital of eastern Ningarhar province, an official said Wednesday.

An explosion happened in a NATO oil tanker in front of the customs office at approximately 7:30 a.m. (local time) on Torkham-Jalalabad Highway, said Ahmad Zia Abdulzai, spokesman of Ningarhar governor.

Full report:

http://www.thefrontierpost.com/?p=7884

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Woman injured in Gujranwala blast

April 28, 2011

GUJRANWALA: A woman incurred injuries in a blast on GT Road near Danga railway crossing in Gujranwala on Thursday evening, Geo News reported.

Rescue sources said that bomb disposal squad has been called in on the blast site.

Injured woman has been admitted to hospital for medical attainment, sources added.

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14835

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Pak: Karachi firing kills three, injures two

April 26, 2011

KARACHI: Firing incidents claimed three lives in different parts of metropolis while two sustained injuries, Geo News reported Tuesday.

At least seven people were killed yesterday in target killing incidents in Karachi.

A dead body of a 22-year youth Qasim was recovered from Surjani locality who had been killed by firing.

Full report:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14731

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4 Bahraini protesters sentenced to death

Apr 28, 2011

MANAMA: A military court in Bahrain sentenced four protesters to death after convicting them on Thursday of killing two policemen during anti-government demonstrations last month, state media said.

Three other activists, who were also on trial, were sentenced to life in prison after they were convicted of playing a role in the policemen's deaths.

The verdicts, which can be appealed, were the first related to Bahrain's uprising.

Bahraini human rights groups blasted the verdict and said the trial, conducted in secrecy, had no legal credibility and was politically motivated.

Full report:

http://arabnews.com/middleeast/article376652.ece

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US helps rebels as Qaddafi open new fronts

29 APR 2011

TRIPOLI: The United States threw a financial lifeline to rebels controlling eastern Libya while forces loyal to Muammar Qaddafi harried insurgent strongholds in the west and far southeast of the country.

Government troops kept up shelling overnight of the besieged rebel outpost of Misrata, where aid ships have been attempting to bring in emergency supplies and evacuate the wounded. A local doctor said by telephone that 12 insurgents were killed when a checkpoint came under rocket and heavy artillery fire.

The Arabic Al Jazeera television said forces under Qaddafi, who has ruled the oil-producer over four decades, also clashed with rebels in the remote southeastern district of Kufra, near the Egyptian border. It gave no further details.

The rebel-held western town of Zintan came under fire from government forces using multiple rocket launchers on Thursday.

Full report:

http://www.statesman.com.pk/international/inter.htm

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UN says Turkey should be involved in Libya process

29 APR 2011

The United Nations has asked Turkey to be involved in providing humanitarian aid to Libya and resolving the ongoing crisis there, a Turkish diplomat told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review on Thursday.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu met Thursday in Ankara with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s special Libya representative, Abdul Ilah al-Khatib, ahead of the U.N. envoy’s visit to Libya, where he aims to hold talks with both the Libyan administration and the opposition in Benghazi.

“The special U.N. envoy for Libya expressed that they want Turkey to be involved in the Libya process on the issues of both humanitarian aid and a solution to the crisis,” the Turkish diplomat told the Daily News.

Full report:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=un-says-turkey-should-be-involved-in-libya-process-2011-04-28

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US helps Libyan rebels, fighting rages in west

29 APR 2011

The United States took steps to throw a financial lifeline to rebels controlling eastern Libya while forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi focused their firepower on pockets of resistance in the west.

Rebels said Gaddafi's forces fired Russian-made Grad rockets, which rights groups say should not be used in civilian areas, at the rebel-held western towns of Misrata and Zintan following NATO strikes to free Misrata's port.

In Zintan, the rebels struck back.

"Rebels attacked posts belonging to Gaddafi forces east of Zintan in the early evening. The posts have been used to fire rockets into Zintan," the spokesman, called Abdulrahman, told Reuters.

Full report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/10959/World/Region/US-helps-Libyan-rebels,-fighting-rages-in-west.aspx

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Osama`s son stayed in Karachi: Wikileaks

29 APR 2011

The Wikileaks files contain secret US documents about detainees from various countries at Guantanamo Bay — from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan and from Palestine to Kenya. The highest number of detainees is from Afghanistan. – File Photo by AP

KARACHI: Abdul Rabbani Abu Rahman aka Abdul Rahim Ghulam Rabbani is alleged to have admitted to US investigators that he had been directly working for Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, one of the masterminds of the 9/11 attacks, and that one of the sons of Osama bin Laden had been living in Karachi with his wife and son in 2002.

According to around 800 secret files released this week by WikiLeaks, the whistleblower website, Rabbani had been in detention at the Guantanamo Bay camp since Sept 19, 2004, — two years after his arrest in Karachi. He continues to be under detention as US officials consider him to be a high risk detainee.

The Wikileaks files contain secret US documents about detainees from various countries at Guantanamo Bay — from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan and from Palestine to Kenya. The highest number of detainees are from Afghanistan.

Full report:

http://www.dawn.com/2011/04/29/osamas-son-stayed-in-karachi-wikileaks.html

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Pak: Another navy bus bombed, five killed

29 APR 2011

KARACHI: Another powerful bomb ripped through a Pakistan Navy bus near Karsaz area in Karachi on Thursday morning, killing five people, including four naval personnel, and wounding 13 others, among them seven civilians.

It was the third attack on navy transport after two buses were bombed on Tuesday this week in the business hub city. The twin blasts had killed four navy officials and injured at least 56.

Now yet another improvised explosive device that was planted in a manhole right next to the main artery of Shahrah-e-Faisal went off at around 8:15am when a navy bus coming from PNS Mehran, a naval air station, reached the spot.

Four navy sailors, Muhammad Yameen, 25, Sabir Muhammad, 24, 35-year-old Mirza Ramzan Baig and Imtiaz, 34, and a passing motorcyclist Naveed, 27, who was on his way to his workplace, were killed in the bombing. Six injured navy personnel, Lt Wakeel Ahmed, Lt Dr Sadia, technicians Ziaullah and Tauseef Iqbal and driver Khadim Hussain, were ferried to the PNS Shifa, a naval medical treatment facility, while five wounded civilians, namely, Abdul Rehman, Shakir, Shoaib Rizvi, Hanif and Riaz, were rushed to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JMPC). Two other injured civilians, Zohaib and Asad, were admitted to a private hospital for treatment.

Full report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\04\29\story_29-4-2011_pg1_1

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Pakistan, India develop roadmap to boost trade

By Sajid Chaudhry

29 APR 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and India on Thursday developed a clear roadmap for trade cooperation, focussing on establishing working groups to resolve issues and reducing non-tariff barriers to enhance bilateral trade and economic cooperation.

A joint statement released by India and Pakistan’s top civil servants for commerce said they decided to undertake “new initiatives” to enable the trade of electricity and petroleum products with energy-starved Pakistan.

Full report:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2011\04\29\story_29-4-2011_pg1_2

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Strong Kashmir to fortify Pakistan

April 28, 2011

PESHAWAR (APP): Taking to the visiting Azad Jammu & Kashmir Minister for Information, Environment and Overseas Kashmiris, Mehmood Riaz, and Abdul Majid Khan on Wednesday, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information, Mian Iftikhar Hussein to Mian Iftikhar said that provincial autonomy does not mean succession from Pakistan as it is our identity, saying that strong provinces would make Pakistan strong. He said that they want a strong Kashmir that will strengthen  Pakistan.

On this occasion, the provincial minister also briefed the ministers of AJK on the sacrifices of the people and personnel of law-enforcement agencies in the war against terrorism and reiterated his resolve that the war would continue till the elimination of the last terrorist. “The provincial government has neither wavered in the face of terrorism and will not bow before them, now.” he concluded.

Full report:

http://www.thefrontierpost.com/?p=7792

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Strong Kashmir to fortify Pakistan

April 28, 2011

PESHAWAR (APP): Taking to the visiting Azad Jammu & Kashmir Minister for Information, Environment and Overseas Kashmiris, Mehmood Riaz, and Abdul Majid Khan on Wednesday, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information, Mian Iftikhar Hussein to Mian Iftikhar said that provincial autonomy does not mean succession from Pakistan as it is our identity, saying that strong provinces would make Pakistan strong. He said that they want a strong Kashmir that will strengthen  Pakistan.

Full report:

http://www.thefrontierpost.com/?p=7792

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Pak Muslim League ‘Benzir is shaheed not Zulfiqar Bhutto’

April 28, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-N MNA Khwaja Saad Rafiq Thursday said he considered Benazir Bhutto a shaheed but not Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto while he also admitted that his party did not play a tough opposition, Geo News reported.

In his speech in the National Assembly during the debate on presidential address, Saad Rafiq said PML-N did not play a tough opposition as it kept on fearing the intervention of boots but from now onwards it will gear into a fully charged opposition mode.

Full report:

http://www.thenews.jang.com.pk/NewsDetail.aspx?ID=14837

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Bomb squad secures suspected bomb at Hotel Indonesia roundabout

04/28/2011

The Jakarta Police bomb squad secured a suspicious package discovered at the Hotel Indonesia traffic circle on Thursday.

The black, tube-shaped package, suspected to be a bomb, was initially found by traffic police officer Adj. Comr. Billi in front of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel at 12:30 p.m., tempointeraktif.com reported.

Full report:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/04/28/bomb-squad-secures-suspected-bomb-hotel-indonesia-roundabout.html

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Jakarta outskirts a nest for NII: Police

04/28/2011

Jakarta Police chief Insp. Gen. Sutarman says there are strong indications that several locations on the outskirts of Jakarta have become home to members of the outlawed Indonesian Islamic State (NII) movement.

Police also have found evidence of dozens of NII recruitment facilities across the city, Sutarman added.

Full report:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2011/04/28/jakarta-outskirts-a-nest-nii-police.html

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Libyan forces battle rebels on Tunisian border

29 APR 2011

29 April 2011 TRIPOLI/DEHIBA - Forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi battled rebels on Thursday for control of a border crossing into Tunisia, provoking an angry protest from Tunis as fighting spilled on to its territory.

Early in the day Gaddafi’s troops stormed the Dehiba-Wazin crossing on Libya’s western frontier, in what appeared to be part of a broader government offensive to root out rebel outposts beyond their eastern heartland.

Tunisia strongly condemned incursions by government forces, when Libyan artillery shells also struck the Tunisian side of the crossing, and demanded that the Libyans put a stop to them.

Full report:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/April/international_April1254.xml&section=international&col=

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Egypt to open Rafah border crossing with Gaza

29 April 2011

Egypt will open the Rafah border crossing as part of its plans to ease the blockade on Gaza, Foreign Minister Nabil Al Arabi said in an interview with Al Jazeera.

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle09.asp?xfile=data/middleeast/2011/April/middleeast_April657.xml&section=middleeast

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Thai soldier dies as ceasefire with Cambodia breached

29 April 2011

BANGKOK - One Thai soldier died and four were wounded in further clashes overnight on a disputed stretch of border between Thailand and Cambodia, a Thai military spokesman said on Friday, as a ceasefire agreed the previous day failed to hold.

Full report:

http://www.khaleejtimes.com/displayarticle.asp?xfile=data/international/2011/April/international_April1260.xml&section=international&col=

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Egypt sending team to help realise Palestinian deal

29 APR 2011

An Arab committee is to be formed to implement a prospective Palestinian reconciliation agreement, a Palestinian source told Ahram Online, adding that "Egypt will head this committee."

Egypt will also send a security team to the Gaza Strip to help implement a reconciliation agreement reached by rival Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas, an Egyptian security source told Reuters Thursday.

Restructuring and unifying security forces in Hamas-run Gaza is a key condition for the success of the accord, brokered by Egypt on Wednesday to overcome a rift that had stifled the Palestinian drive for self-determination and freedom from Israeli occupation.

Full report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/10994/World/Region/Egypt-sending-team-to-help-realise-Palestinian-dea.aspx

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Senior Iraq general gunned down in Baghdad

29 APR 2011

Gunmen using silenced pistols shot dead a senior Iraqi general in Baghdad on Thursday, an official said, the latest in a spate of assassinations of top military and civilian officials.

The killing of Brigadier General Mohammed Alaa Jassim was the fourth of a senior Iraqi official in the past week, with at least three others having narrowly escaped death in that time.

Jassim, the deputy commander of the Iraqi air force's Al-Muthanna base in central Baghdad, was in his car on a busy thoroughfare in the Ghazaliyah neighbourhood in the capital's west when he was killed, an interior ministry official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

His death is the latest in a series of targeted killings across Iraq.

Full report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/10964/World/Region/Senior-Iraq-general-gunned-down-in-Baghdad.aspx

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Muslim Brotherhood to participate in Egypt's National Dialogue

29 APR 2011

The Muslim Brotherhood announces their decision to take part in Egypt's National Dialogue and snubs calls for similar talks, known as the first Egypt Conference.?

The National Dialogue is designed as a dialogue between on one side, the loose political groups and on the other, the ruling military and interim government. This particular dialogue is conducted by former prime minister, Abdel Aziz Hegazi, ?while another conference called the first Egypt Conference was called for by political activist, Mamdouh Hamza to discuss the next constitution and address inequality.

Full report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/10982/Egypt/Politics-/Israel-pipeline-bombers-are-not-locals-North-Sinai.aspx

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Palestinians applaud surprise unity deal, Israel growls

29 APR 2011

A surprise deal to end decades of rivalry between Fatah and Hamas was on Thursday welcomed by the Palestinian leadership, but denounced by Israel as crossing "a red line."

The agreement, announced in Cairo on Wednesday, saw the secular Fatah party which dominates the West Bank-based Palestinian Authority, and Gaza's Islamist rulers, agree to form a transitional government ahead of elections, which will take place within a year.

Wednesday's deal, which came after 18 months of fruitless talks, drew praise from Palestinian prime minister Salam Fayyad, who expressed the hope it would be "an essential and important step to proceed to the immediate establishment of national unity."

Full report:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/10954/World/Region/Palestinians-applaud-surprise-unity-deal,-Israel-g.aspx

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Syria threatened Al-Jazeera staff: media watchdog

April 29, 2011

DUBAI: Qatar-based satellite channel Al-Jazeera said it had suspended some operations in Syria, in a move a media watchdog said was the result of restrictions and attacks on its staff.

A spokesman for the network told Reuters the suspended operations were from the channel’s Arabic language service.

The U.S.-based Committee to Protect Journalists said the network had told it Damascus had subjected Syrian employees to sustained pressure to resign from the news channel.

Authorities also prevented the channel’s correspondents entering the city of Daraa, where a Syrian uprising demanding political freedoms began in mid-March, CPJ said in a statement.

Full report:

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/Apr/29/Syria-threatened-Al-Jazeera-staff-media-watchdog.ashx#axzz1KtVQpUB9

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27 people injured in an attack, including a deputy

29 APR 2011

Some 27 people were injured in a sweeping attack in a coffeehouse where Refik Eryilmaz, a parliamentary deputy from the opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP, was holding a meeting in the southern province of Hatay on Thursday. The attacker, identified only by the initials E.A., was reported to have a criminal record and used a pump-action hunting rifle in the incident.

Full report:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=some-27-people-injured-in-an-attack-including-a-deputy-2011-04-28

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Europe must help Mideast countries protect democratic gains, PACE head says

29 APR 2011

European countries must help turmoil-hit Middle East and North African countries progress toward democracy lest they revert to authoritarianism, the head of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, or PACE, said Tuesday.

“European countries and institutions should help these countries overcome their political and economic crises. Otherwise more antidemocratic regimes could take over these governments in the future,” PACE head Mevlüt Çavusoglu told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review in an interview.

Full report:

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=middle-eastern-countries-to-get-closer-with-europe-in-order-to-overcome-the-crisis-2011-04-28

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No recognition for south Sudan if it claims Abyei: Bashir

29 APR 2011

Khartoum will not recognise the new state of south Sudan when it declares independence in July if it insists on claiming the disputed Abyei region, President Omar al-Bashir warned yesterday.

"If they put Abyei in the constitution of the new state of south Sudan, we will not recognise the new state," Bashir told thousands of supporters at a local election rally in South Kordofan, in which the flashpoint border area currently lies. The speech was broadcast live on state television.

Full report:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=183661

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Unity with Hamas to promote peace: Abbas

29 APR 2011

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas said yesterday he hoped a unity deal between his Fatah party and Hamas would help "promote negotiations" with Israel.

"We expect that what was achieved yesterday between Fatah and Hamas will promote negotiations," Abbas told Israeli peace activists and the media at his headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

Full report:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=183653

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