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Suicide bomber kills 31 at army base near Baghdad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arab World

Suicide bomber kills 31 at army base near Baghdad

Egypt summons Myanmar envoy over Muslim violence

Three killed in bombing at Baghdad Shiite mosque

Gunmen in Damascus Kill Brother of Parliament Speaker

Harassers of Women in Cairo Now Face Wrath of Vigilantes

Bombs, air strikes hit Syria after deadliest day in weeks

Peace Envoy Fears Somalia Fate for Syria

Photography exhibition of Qur’anic verses to be unveiled tomorrow in Jeddah

 

Europe

France Islamic School Is Training Aspiring French Imams

Grant Assad safe passage to end conflic: Cameron

UNSC orders global sanctions against Haqqani network in Afghanistan

UNHCR raises return package for Afghan refugees living in Pakistan

 

India

Fatwa issued against filmmaker for depicting Muslim marriage tenets in a wrong manner

Interpol notices against 3 in Saudi wanted by India

Terrorists investing in stock markets, says Indian govt

1993 Mumbai blasts masterminds in Pak safe havens: H M

Another 50 Sarpanches resign in J&K over death threats

Indian killed, another injured in Bahrain blasts

Pak court allows Sarabjit’s lawyer to meet him in jail

J& K rugby team to play in Lahore

 

Pakistan

5 terrorists killed in Khyber Agency

Five, including Shia leader, killed in Karachi

Afghan ethnic unity essential for region: Maleeha

Whose Pakistan, Taliban’s or Quaid’s: MQM postpones referendum

Senior ANP leader gunned down in Pakistan

Pakistan's army chief warns judges not to undermine military

Army chief does not have right to issue political statements: PPP Senator

Pakistan's new tax chief promises to name and shame

Afghan conflict stagnated Pakistan’s prosperity, says PM

Remove president, prime minister to rid Pakistan of corruption: Imran Khan

Diverse ideas on social psychology through the lens

3 killed, 2 injured in firing on Quetta cab

 

America

CAIR and ADC Mobilize Muslim, Arab-American Voters

US clears sale of Lockheed missile defence system to UAE, Qatar

US general faces sex crimes allegation

First film on bin Laden raid pulls 2.7 million viewers

Canadian Officials uncover $9 million of heroin on flight from Pakistan

 

South Asia

Afghanistan seeks bigger Indian presence in war-torn nation

Bangladesh: HC wants probe into fatwa incident in Chittagong

 “Waves of secularism”: Maldivian President warns of undue foreign influence

Jamaat men clash with cops in Rangpur: Bangladesh

Students to be warned about religious militancy: Bangladesh

'Former Bangladesh PM knew of 2004 grenade attack plot against Hasina'

Former President Nasheed denounces DQP’s economic criticism of GMR contract

Charity Says Threats Foil Medical Aid in Myanmar

 

Southeast Asia

Indonesian Shiites forced to convert to Sunni

Indonesia: Police arrogance, brutality may harden resolve

 

Mideast Asia

Israel arrests wife of the Jihad leader, detained for more than a year without charge

Israel Advances Plans for 1,213 New West Bank Settlement Homes

Israel ready to strike Iran 'if necessary': Benjamin Netanyahu

Yemen govt backers besiege Qaeda-linked tribal chief

Gaza border blast injures three Israeli troops

Iran: Canadian Ruling Assailed

 

Africa

From Sudan to Cyber, Secret War with Iran Hots Up

Minister: Important Steps Made in Mali Talks

Eight arrested over Tunisia opposition figure death

 

Compiled by New Age Islam News Bureau

Photo: France Islamic School Is Training Aspiring French Imams

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Arab World

 

Suicide bomber kills 31 at army base near Baghdad

November 6, 2012

(Reuters) - A suicide bomber rammed his explosive-filled car into soldiers outside an army base near Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 31 people and injuring tens more in one of the worst attacks this year on the country's military.

Bombings and attacks have eased sharply since the height of Iraq's sectarian strife in 2006-2007, but al Qaeda's local affiliate and other Sunni Islamist insurgents often target local security forces and Shi'ite Muslims to stoke tensions.

The bomber drove his car into crowds of troops and recruits outside the base in Taji, 20 km (12 miles) north of the Iraqi capital, leaving body parts and burned vehicles scattered in the streets outside, police and hospital officials said.

At least 31 people were killed, mostly soldiers, and another 50 people were wounded in the blast, a hospital source said.

"There were army trainees leaving the base and small buses were waiting for them when the explosion took place," said Ahmed Khalef, a policeman working nearby. "We immediately started to rescue the wounded. You could smell of charred bodies."

Insurgents in Iraq have carried out at least one major attack a month since U.S. troops withdrew from the country in December last year. Now Iraqi officials worry Islamists may be gaining a moral and financial boost from the Syrian crisis.

Bombings at the end of October killed more than 40 people, including some in blasts in Shi'ite neighborhoods in Baghdad and an attack on an Iranian pilgrim bus during the Islamic Eid al Adha festival.

Sunni Islamists and al Qaeda's affiliate, Islamic State of Iraq, often hit Shi'ite pilgrims and religious sites in an attempt to drive the country back to widespread sectarian killing. They target security forces to try to weaken the government of Shi'ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/11/06/us-iraq-violence-idUSBRE8A50CF20121106

Photography exhibition of Qur’anic verses to be unveiled tomorrow in Jeddah

6 November 2012

A photography exhibition featuring winning work from the international photography competition “Qur’anic verses and photography” will be unveiled on Wednesday at Damarat Hall by Aymen Saleh, dean of student affairs at King Abdul-Aziz University.

The international competition was organized in May by the Qur’an Channel with the cooperation of the KAAU Photo Club and attracted more than 400 photographers from around the world.

Abduallah Bahattab, director of Student Club Affairs, KAAU and technical supervisor of the contest, told Arab News the competition was a huge success and winning photos will be on display for the next 10 days. Bahattab said, “We are immensely grateful to the Qur’an channel for organizing the contest and exhibition.

It encouraged participants to understand the verses of the Qur’an to be able to match it with the right visual and gave participants an opportunity to show their talent.”

Bahattab who came up with the idea for the competition said the objective of the contest was to select three verses of Qur’an and express them through suitable photographs.

http://www.arabnews.com/photography-exhibition-qur%E2%80%99anic-verses-be-unveiled-tomorrow

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Egypt summons Myanmar envoy over Muslim violence

Foreign Ministry calls on Myanmar to end bloody attacks on persecuted Rohingya minority and bring perpetrators to justice

 5 Nov 2012

Egypt summoned Myanmar's ambassador in Cairo to express its concern with violence against the southeast Asian country's Muslim minority and call for a stop to it, the foreign ministry said in a statement on Monday.

"The foreign ministry yesterday summoned the ambassador of Myanmar and conveyed an urgent message expressing Egypt's dismay after renewed violence against Rohingya Muslims," it said.

It called on Myanmar to take steps to immediately end the violence and bring its perpetrators to justice.

Egypt summoned the ambassador in August to protest against ethnic clashes between the majority Buddhists and Muslims that began in June.

The Rohingya Muslims are considered by many Burmese as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.

The United Nations considers them one of the world's most persecuted minorities.

The clashes in June, followed by fresh fighting in October, have killed 180 people and displaced an estimated 110,000.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/57231/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-summons-Myanmar-envoy-over-Muslim-violence-.aspx

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Three killed in bombing at Baghdad Shiite mosque

November 5, 2012

Baghdad: A car bombing near a Shiite mosque in east Baghdad killed three people on Monday, as people continued to mark a key date in the Shiite calendar, officials said.

The blast struck at around noon (0900 GMT) near the Al Obaidi mosque in the east of the capital, killing three people and wounding eight others, according to security and medical officials.

It came as Shiites mark Ghadeer, the day in the Islamic lunar calendar when Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) is said to have named Imam Ali, his cousin and son-in-law, as his immediate successor, according to Shiite belief.

Though Ghadeer fell on Saturday, Shiites in Iraq have continued to mark it over subsequent days.

Seven other people were also wounded on Monday by a blast in the town of Taji, just north of Baghdad, officials said.

The latest deaths came after figures released on Thursday showed a sharp decline in attacks last month, with the number of people killed the lowest since June.

Violence is markedly lower than during the worst of Iraq’s communal bloodshed in 2006 and 2007, but attacks remain common, especially in Baghdad.

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/iraq/three-killed-in-bombing-at-baghdad-shiite-mosque-1.1098639

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Gunmen in Damascus Kill Brother of Parliament Speaker

By NEIL MacFARQUHAR

November 6th, 2012

BEIRUT, Lebanon — The brother of Syria’s speaker of Parliament was assassinated on Tuesday in a central Damascus neighborhood, the official Syrian news agency reported, as clashes between the government and the rebels convulsed most major cities.

Mohammad Osama al-Laham was killed by gunmen who opened fire on his car in the Midan neighborhood of the capital while he was on his way to work, SANA reported, blaming the attack on “terrorists,” its uniform description of all anti-government rebels.

It said Mr. Laham, the brother of Jihad Laham, the speaker of the People’s Assembly, held a doctorate in agriculture and blamed his death on an attempt by the rebels to eliminate people with skills the country needs.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/07/world/middleeast/syria-war-

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Harassers of Women in Cairo Now Face Wrath of Vigilantes

By KAREEM FAHIM

November 6th, 2012

CAIRO — The young activists lingered on the streets around Tahrir Square, scrutinizing the crowds of holiday revelers. Suddenly, they charged, pushing people aside and chasing down a young man. As the captive thrashed to get away, the activists pounded his shoulders, flipped him around and spray-painted a message on his back: “I’m a harasser.”

Egypt’s streets have long been a perilous place for women, who are frequently heckled, grabbed, threatened and violated while the police look the other way. Now, during the country’s tumultuous transition from authoritarian rule, more and more groups are emerging to make protecting women — and shaming the do-nothing police — a cause.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/06/world/middleeast/egyptian-vigilantes-crack-down-on-

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Bombs, air strikes hit Syria after deadliest day in weeks

November 6th, 2012

BEIRUT: A car bomb blast shook the Damascus region early Tuesday, a day after nearly 250 people died in fighting and bombings in Syria’s worst violence since last month’s failed ceasefire bid, a watchdog said.

The car bomb exploded in the city of Mudamiya near the capital, causing injuries and significant damage, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said.

Fighting and military shelling also hit the area, said the Britain-based Observatory, which relies on a countrywide network of activists and medics in civilian and military hospitals.

Air strikes also hit targets in Douma, 13 kilometres northeast of the capital, dropping two bombs on buildings in the heart of the city, it said. Other air raids struck hit the northern town of Al-Bab and in the central Homs province.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/06/bombs-air-strikes-hit-syria-after-deadliest-day-in-weeks/

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Peace Envoy Fears Somalia Fate for Syria

November 6th, 2012

BEIRUT (Reuters) - The international envoy for Syria fears the country could turn into a new Somalia unless its crisis is resolved, warning of a scenario in which warlords and militia fill a void left by a collapsed state.

In an interview with the London-based al-Hayat newspaper, veteran Algerian diplomat Lakhdar Brahimi played down the risk of sectarian and ethnic partition of Syria, but said: "What I am afraid of is worse ... the collapse of the state and that Syria turns into a new Somalia."

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/11/06/world/africa/06reuters-syria-crisis-

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Photography exhibition of Qur’anic verses to be unveiled tomorrow

6 November 2012

A photography exhibition featuring winning work from the international photography competition “Qur’anic verses and photography” will be unveiled on Wednesday at Damarat Hall by Aymen Saleh, dean of student affairs at King Abdulaziz University.

The international competition was organized in May by the Qur’an Channel with the cooperation of the KAAU Photo Club and attracted more than 400 photographers from around the world.

Abduallah Bahattab, director of Student Club Affairs, KAAU and technical supervisor of the contest, told Arab News the competition was a huge success and winning photos will be on display for the next 10 days. Bahattab said, “We are immensely grateful to the Qur’an channel for organizing the contest and exhibition.

It encouraged participants to understand the verses of the Qur’an to be able to match it with the right visual and gave participants an opportunity to show their talent.”

Bahattab who came up with the idea for the competition said the objective of the contest was to select three verses of Qur’an and express them through suitable photographs.

http://www.arabnews.com/photography-exhibition-qur%E2%80%99anic-verses-be-unveiled-tomorrow

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Europe

 

France Islamic School Is Training Aspiring French Imams

 Nov 6, 2012

SAINT-LIGER-DE-FOUGERET: Deep in the wooded hills of Burgundy in central France, an unusual institute is training unusual students: aspiring French imams who hope to minister to the country’s large Muslim population.

Early in the morning, some 200 students from across the country stream into the European Institute of Human Sciences de Saint-Leger-de-Fougeret, where they learn to chant the Quran and study Islamic theology and Arabic literature

After seven intensive years of study, only 10 or so graduates each year to lead prayers or preach at mosques.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/06/in-heart-of-france-islamic-school-trains-imams/

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Grant Assad safe passage to end conflic: Cameron

6 November 2012

British Prime Minister David Cameron suggested on Tuesday that Syria’s president Bashar Assad could be allowed safe passage out of the country if that option would guarantee an end to the nation’s civil war.

In an interview with Al Arabiya television, Cameron said the international community should consider anything “to get that man out of the country and to have a safe transition in Syria.”

“I am certainly not offering him an exit plan to Britain, but if he wants to leave, he could leave, that could be arranged,” Cameron said, speaking in Abu Dhabi on the second day of a three-day tour of the Gulf and Middle East.

Full report at:

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

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UNSC orders global sanctions against Haqqani network in Afghanistan

 Nov 6, 2012

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council on Monday ordered global sanctions against the Haqqani militant group in Afghanistan and its suicide attack mastermind.

The network, which has been widely linked to Pakistan, is accused of carrying out a string of major attacks in Afghanistan including against the US and Indian embassies and a major hotel in Kabul.

Haqqani and its chief suicide attack organizer, Qari Zakir, were added to the UN's Afghanistan-Taliban sanctions list. This means nations must apply an assets freeze and travel ban against Zakir and seize any assets belonging to the network as well as impose an arms embargo.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/UN-security-council-orders-global-sanctions-against-Haqqani-network-in-Afghanistan/articleshow/17110605.cms

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UNHCR raises return package for Afghan refugees living in Pakistan

November 6th, 2012

QUETTA: The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Pakistan has enhanced return package for the registered Afghan refugees aimed to facilitate the maximum number of families living in camps and urban settlements across the country.

In addition to the amount of $150, the refugees have started receiving enhanced package as two refugee families have returned to their hometowns on Monday from Voluntary Repatriation Center (VRC) Baleli, said UNHCR Balochistan chapter official Javeria Tareen.

She added that since January 2012 to present, UNHCR helped as many as 15,532 individuals of 3,179 families for their return to Afghanistan from Balochistan.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/05/unhcr-raises-return-package-for-afghan-refugees-living-in-pakistan/

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India

 

Fatwa issued against filmmaker for depicting Muslim marriage tenets in a wrong manner

Jyothi Prabhakar

 Nov 6, 2012

A fatwa has been issued against Le Gaya Saddam filmmaker Amjad Khan, for allegedly depicting the Muslim marriage tenets in a wrong manner.

The filmmaker has promptly gone into hiding, but says, "Jo Rajasthan ke Mufti hain, unhone fatwa lagya hai mujhpe. But I think there has been some misunderstanding. Perhaps those who issued the fatwa haven't seen the movie properly. I have kept the Shariat Laws in mind while making the film. The issue is the scene where it is shown that to remarry the same girl, the boy gets her married off to her grandfather.

"Aisey thodi na hota hai, koi bhi kahin se bhi fatwa issue kar de. I am trying to contact them, but till now, it hasn't happened. Aamne saamne baith ke yeh baatein honi chahiye. Let them tell me what they object to, and if it is ethical, and not the fancy of one person, I will even make changes to the film. They are saying that dada poti se and pote ke Mrs se shaadi nahi kar sakta. But that is not the case. This fatwa has put a restriction on me, aane jaane mein mushkil ho gayi hai," adds Amjad.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/bollywood/news-interviews/Fatwa-issued-against-Le-Gaya-Saddam-filmmaker/articleshow/17100792.cms

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Interpol notices against 3 in Saudi wanted by India

Nov 06 2012

Bangalore : Following the request by the Bangalore police, the Interpol has issued red corner notices for three persons believed to be residing in Saudi Arabia who are reportedly connected to the recent terrorism investigation involving the recruitment of 18 youths across three states for alleged terrorism activities.

The red corner notices against Mohammed Abdul Majeed, 24, a Hyderabad resident and brother of alleged terrorists Mohammed Abdul Shahed and Mohammed Abdul Samad who were killed in Karachi in 2007; Dr Usmane Ghani Khan, 36, from Dharwad in Karnataka; and Mohammed Shaheed Faisal, 26, from Bangalore appeared in the “wanted persons” category on the Interpol website.

Majeed, Ghani and Faisal are alleged to have played key roles in recruiting the youths from Hubli, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Nanded, sending two of the Hubli youths to Pakistan in December 2011 to allegedly join Taliban forces in Afghanistan.

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/interpol-notices-against-3-in-saudi-wanted-by-india/1027256/

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Terrorists investing in stock markets, says Indian govt

Nov 06 2012

Rome: Concerned over terror groups investing in stock markets through spurious companies, India today sought international cooperation to deal with it.

"It is a cliché to say that terror-funding is the lifeblood of terrorism. Credible intelligence suggests that terrorist outfits are investing in stock markets through spurious companies, setting up fictitious businesses and laundering money," Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said, addressing the Interpol General Assembly here.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/terrorists-investing-in-stock-markets-says-indian-govt/1027597/

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1993 Mumbai blasts masterminds in Pak safe havens: Shinde

November 06, 2012

With Dawood Ibrahim, the man behind the 1993 Mumbai bombings, still out of its reach, India on Tuesday said the masterminds of the heinous serial blasts are sitting in safe havens in Pakistan which has taken no action against them despite being provided with credible

evidence.

Addressing the Interpol General Assembly in Rome, home minister Sushilkumar Shinde said India continues to face a "high degree" of terrorist threats on several fronts, in particular of cross-border terrorism.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Europe/1993-Mumbai-blasts-masterminds-in-Pak-safe-havens-Shinde/Article1-955587.aspx

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Another 50 sarpanchs resign in J&K over death threats

M Saleem Pandit

Nov 6, 2012

SRINAGAR: More than 50 Jammu & Kashmir panchs and sarpanchs resigned on Monday following death threats from militant groups.

They made their resignation public through advertisements in local newspapers after Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin's warning that they would have to face dire consequences if they did not. While condemning the death threats, Jammu & Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah downplayed the issue. "We never said we will provide security to each and every panch and sarpanch. We had said that whenever there is a threat assessment and we feel that there is need to do more, we will do that," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Another-50-sarpanchs-resign-in-JK-over-death-threats/articleshow/17109152.cms

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Indian killed, another injured in Bahrain blasts

Nov 05 2012

An Indian man was killed and another injured as five explosions rocked parts of Bahrain's capital Manama today, also claiming the life of another Asian, as the country grappled with growing political and ethnic unrest.

The blasts, including one near the Indian embassy, were described by Bahrain's Prime Minister as a "heinous" crime while the country's top police official said they were "acts of terror".

India's ambassador to Bahrain Mohan Kumar confirmed to PTI that one of the victims was an Indian who died when he accidentally stepped on an explosive device.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/indian-killed-another-injured-in-bahrain-blasts/1027121/

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Pak court allows Sarabjit’s lawyer to meet him in jail

By Mail Today Bureau in Chandigarh

November 6th, 2012

PAKISTANI human rights activist and advocate Awais Sheikh has been seeking permission to meet Indian prisoner Sarabjit Singh.

Sheikh said he got the permission from the Lahore High Court to meet Sarabjit and he has waiting for the interior ministry to arrange the meeting with the prisoner who has been keeping unwell of late.

Full report at: Mail Today

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J& K rugby team to play in Lahore

By Mail Today Bureau in Srinagar

November 6th, 2012

ARUGBY team of Jammu and Kashmir is travelling to Pakistan to participate in a sports festival in Lahore. The team is part of 180- strong Indian sports contingent participating in the Punjab International Sports Festival.

“ It is for the first time that a sports team from Kashmir is visiting Pakistan. I was associated with the game for long and think it is the finest moment for the rugby team,” said Sarmad Hafiz, patron of the Jammu and Kashmir Rugby Association.

Full report at: Mail Today

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Pakistan

 

5 terrorists killed in Khyber Agency

November 6th, 2012

BARA: In a security forces operation five terrorists killed in Khyber Agency. According to media reports, five terrorists were killed in a security forces operation in Khyber Agency on Monday. Two bodies of terrorists were also recovered from Akakhel area of Bara sub-division.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\06\story_6-11-2012_pg7_8

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Five, including Shia leader, killed in Karachi

November 6th, 2012

KARACHI: At least five people, including religious leader Agha Aftab Haider Jaffery, were shot dead in the city on Tuesday, DawnNews reported.

Unidentified gunmen killed two men at the New M A Jinnah road near the parking plaza in Saddar. The deceased were  identified as Agha Aftab Haider Jaffery and Shahid Ali.

People protested against the killings at M A Jinnah road disrupting traffic.

The Shia Ulema Council Pakistan and Jafria Alliance condemned today’s acts of violence targetting the Shia community while the Majlis-i-Wahdat ul Muslimeen announced three days of mourning.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/06/five-including-a-shia-leader-killed-in-karachi/

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Afghan ethnic unity essential for region: Maleeha

November 6, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Enduring peace can only result if Afghan ethnic groups accommodate each other, without seeking to dominate, said Pakistan’s former ambassador to UK and US, Dr Maleeha Lodhi.

While addressing a seminar ‘Toward 2014: Challenges of the NATO Withdrawal’, organised by Senate Defence Committee and German political organisation Konrad-Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) on Monday, Maleeha said that Pakistan did not want to see Afghanistan descending into a civil war, which would have devastating consequences for the region.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/461459/afghan-ethnic-unity-essential-for-region-maleeha/

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Whose Pakistan, Taliban’s or Quaid’s: MQM postpones referendum

November 6, 2012

KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) has postponed its referendum on what kind of Pakistan its citizens wanted to live in to November 14, Express News reported on Tuesday.

MQM chief Altaf Hussain had called on Pakistanis in his speech on October 14 to declare whether they wanted to live in a Pakistan run by the Taliban or the one that the Quaid-e-Azam had envisioned.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/461588/whose-pakistan-talibans-or-quaids-mqm-postpones-referendum/

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Senior ANP leader gunned down in Pakistan

November 6th, 2012

A senior leader of the Awami National Party was gunned down by suspected militants in Pakistan’s restive northwest on Monday, police said.

Sabihullah Khan, who was the vice-president of a local chapter of the ANP, was gunned down in Battagram area of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

Police said Mr Khan was on his way home when unidentified gunmen intercepted his car and opened fire.

Full report at:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/senior-anp-leader-gunned-down-in-pakistan/article4067860.ece

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Pakistan's army chief warns judges not to undermine military

Nov 6, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's army chief warned on Monday, in a veiled challenge to the Supreme Court, that any efforts to undermine the military and "draw a wedge" between it and its citizens would not be tolerated.

Chief Supreme Court Judge Iftikhar Chaudhry ruled last month that the military must stop interfering in politics, a rare challenge to Pakistan's powerful generals.

The ruling has stoked tensions between the court and the military, which has ruled Pakistan for more than half of its 65-year history through coups or from behind the scenes.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/pakistan/Pakistans-army-chief-warns-judges-not-to-undermine-military/articleshow/17106576.cms

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Army chief does not have right to issue political statements: PPP Senator

November 6, 2012

LAHORE:  Pakistan Peoples Party Senator Aitzaz Ahsan, commenting on Chief of Army Staff Major Gen Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani’s statement, said that he did not have the authority to issue political statements, DawnNews reported on Tuesday.

Addressing journalists outside the Lahore High Court (LHC), Ahsan said that the court’s interim order was not implementable and was similar to Article 58 – 2B which allows sacking elected representatives.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/461631/coas-kayani-does-not-have-right-to-issue-political-statements-aitzaz-ahsan/

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Pakistan's new tax chief promises to name and shame

 Nov 05 2012

Islamabad : Ali Arshad Hakeem has declared war on some of Pakistan's worst offenders. And they are not the Islamist militants blamed for so many of the country's woes.

Pakistan's new tax chief is determined to force a jet-setting elite to pay their fair share, challenging an unspoken consensus among politicians and businessman that writing cheques to the government is strictly optional.

Less than 1 percent of Pakistan's 180 million citizens pay income tax and no one is believed to have been prosecuted for tax evasion in 25 years, to the dismay of Western allies who have contributed billions of dollars in aid.

Full report at:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/pakistans-new-tax-chief-promises-to-name-and-shame/1027134/

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Afghan conflict stagnated Pakistan’s prosperity, says PM

November 6, 2012

LAOS / VIENTIANE: The declining state of security, which caused a three-decade-old conflict in neighbouring Afghanistan, has not allowed our people the degree of prosperity they deserve, said Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf on Monday.

He was addressing the 9th Asia-European Meeting Summit (ASEM-9) in the capital of Laos. The summit with a theme of ‘Friends for Peace, Partners for Prosperity’ is being attended by heads of state from 49 member countries.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/461473/afghan-conflict-stagnated-pakistans-prosperity-says-pm/

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Remove president, prime minister to rid Pakistan of corruption: Imran Khan

November 5, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan says the key to eradicating corruption from Pakistan is to remove the current president, prime minister, and cabinet members. He was speaking during  an interview with Al-Jazeera.

“If you have a clean cabinet, half the battle is over,” said Khan when asked about how he would end corruption and militancy in Pakistan in 90 days, as he had previously claimed.

Khan stated that all major corruption cases in Pakistan were related to the prime minister, the president or senior cabinet members.

Full report at:

http://tribune.com.pk/story/461099/remove-president-prime-minister-to-rid-pakistan-of-corruption-imran-khan/

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Diverse ideas on social psychology through the lens

November 6th, 2012

ISLAMABAD: A group exhibition of around 40 art pieces by five established artists continues at the Satrang Gallery, featuring diverse ideas and mediums that explore social psychology and different stages of life.

Ilona Yousaf, Lali Khalid, Fazal Rizvi, Bakr Hussain and Azanat Mansoor are the participating artists in the show that will continue until November 20.

The show titled ‘Transient Glimpses’ is a multi-faceted photography-based exhibition preserving elapsed memories and exploring former relationships.

Full report at:

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2012\11\06\story_6-11-2012_pg11_9

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3 killed, 2 injured in firing on Quetta cab

November 6, 2012

Three people were killed and two others injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire at a yellow cab in the Spiny Road area of Quetta on Tuesday, reported Express News.

According to details, five men were going to Hazara Town in a cab when they were shot at. Sources say that it was an incident of target killing.

The injured were shifted to Bolan Medical Complex for treatment, but they are yet to be identified.

Police cordoned off the area after the incident and initiated a search operation.

Sectarian violence has been on the rise in Balochistan where several people, particularly Shias travelling for religious purposes, have been targeted.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/461635/3-killed-2-injured-in-firing-on-quetta-cab/

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America

 

CAIR and ADC Mobilize Muslim, Arab-American Voters

11/5/12

Muslim voters in swing states to receive call from comedian Dean Obeidallah

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/5/12) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) -- the nation's largest Muslim and Arab-American civil rights organizations -- are mobilizing voters through a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) campaign that includes a national call tonight recorded by comedian and CNN contributor Dean Obeidallah.

Full report at:

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US clears sale of Lockheed missile defense system to UAE, Qatar

Nov 6, 2012

WASHINGTON: Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have requested the sale of up to $7.6 billion in Lockheed Martin Corp missile-defense systems to counter perceived threats and lower their dependence on US forces, the Pentagon announced on Monday.

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), which oversees foreign arms sales, formally notified lawmakers on Friday that it had approved the possible sales, which come against the backdrop of heightened tensions with Iran.

The notifications were posted to the agency's website late on Monday.

Lawmakers now have 30 days to block the potential sales although such action is rare since deals are carefully vetted with lawmakers weeks before the notifications are posted.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-clears-sale-of-Lockheed-missile-defense-system-to-UAE-Qatar/articleshow/17112343.cms

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US general faces sex crimes allegation

November 6th, 2012

FORT BRAGG: US Army prosecutors offered the first details of a rare criminal case against a general, alleging Monday he committed sex crimes against five women, including four military subordinates and civilian, in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany and elsewhere.   

Officials said the military hearing on evidence in the case against Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair was expected to last at least two days.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/06/us-general-faces-sex-crimes-allegation/

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First film on bin Laden raid pulls 2.7 million viewers

Nov 6, 2012

WASHINGTON: About 2.7 million viewers watched television premiere of the first movie about the US commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the National Geographic Channel has said.

"SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden" caused a stir when it was announced in October that it would screen on the American cable channel just two days before the US presidential election.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/First-film-on-bin-Laden-raid-pulls-2-7-million-viewers/articleshow/17110981.cms

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Canadian Officials uncover $9 million of heroin on flight from Pakistan

Mohsin Abbas

November 6th, 2012

TORONTO: Border services officers at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport have seized a massive amount of heroin smuggled inside a box on a flight from Pakistan.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) says its officers first noticed the “suspicious” box offloaded from a flight from Pakistan on Oct. 30. Upon examination, the officers noted that the box showed visible tampering.

Full report at:

http://dawn.com/2012/11/06/canadian-officials-uncover-9-million-of-heroin-on-flight-from-pakistan/

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South Asia

 

Afghanistan seeks bigger Indian presence in war-torn nation

Nov 5, 2012

NEW DELHI: Afghanistan will make a concerted push for India to have a bigger presence in that country when Afghan president Hamid Karzai comes here on a state visit here next week.

Although India and Afghanistan will sign four memorandum of understandings (MoUs) on mining, fertilizers, youth affairs and small development projects the core message that Karzai will emphasize upon the Indian leadership is that Kabul cannot be allowed to sink into chaos after the US leaves in 2014, said Shaida Mohammed Abdali, the Afghan envoy in India, briefing reporters ahead of the visit. This would mean a greater role for India in the training of Afghan security forces, including police.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Afghanistan-seeks-bigger-Indian-presence-in-war-torn-nation/articleshow/17101461.cms

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Bangladesh: HC wants probe into fatwa incident in Chittagong

November 6th, 2012

The High Court yesterday directed the home secretary to form a high-profile committee led by a joint secretary to investigate the allegation of imposing a fatwa on a housewife in Mirsarai of Chittagong.

During hearing of a rule, the court asked the secretary to submit the probe report before it within four weeks, and fixed December 10 for passing a further order on this issue.

Media reports said ruling Awami League leader of Nayduria and local union parishad member, along with some supporters at a village arbitration declared that stones will be thrown at housewife Asma after putting her in a hole, which was chest deep.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=256415

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“Waves of secularism”: Maldivian President warns of undue foreign influence

By Ahmed Naish | November 5th, 2012

Foreign parties are attempting to exert undue influence over the Maldives, secularise the country and exercise power over its people, President Dr Mohamed Waheed Hassan Manik has warned.

Dr Waheed made the remarks in his address to the nation (Dhivehi) at a ceremony on Friday night, following the unveiling of a memorial monument for ‘Victory Day’  - when an attempted coup on November 3, 1988 was thwarted by Indian military intervention.

The former vice president said that “foreign parties are attempting to exert influence over us in different ways, under different names and capacities, to exercise power over us.”

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/waves-of-secularism-president-warns-of-undue-foreign-influence-46716

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Jamaat men clash with cops in Rangpur: Bangladesh

November 6th, 2012

At least 50 people, including policemen, were injured as the leaders and activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami clashed with law enforcers at Jahajcompany intersection in Rangpur city on Tuesday.

Locals first looted the Jamaat office before torching it at the Shapla Chattar intersection following the clash, reports our Rangpur correspondent.

The Jamaat and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir men also hurled several cocktails during the clash, forcing the law enforcers to fire several rounds of rubber bullets to bring the situation under control.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/latest_news.php?nid=42223

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Students to be warned about religious militancy: Bangladesh

November 6th, 2012

The education ministry will ask educational institutions to warn students about the dangers of religious militancy.

"We have already talked to the director generals of directorate of secondary, higher and technical education and chairman of madrasa education board," said SA Mahmud, joint secretary (secondary) of the ministry.

Full report at:

http://www.thedailystar.net/newDesign/news-details.php?nid=256405

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'Kheleda knew of 2004 grenade attack plot against Hasina'

November 05, 2012

A former chief of Bangladesh's premier military intelligence agency on Monday claimed that ex-Prime Minister Kheleda Zia knew beforehand the 2004 grenade attack plot mainly targeting the then leader of Opposition Sheikh Hasina.

The assailants hurled 13 'arges' grenades at an Awami League rally in downtown Dhaka on August 21 but Hasina narrowly escaped the attack with permanent hearing impairment while 24 people, including incumbent President Zillur Rahman's wife Ivy Rahman, were killed and some 500 injured.

Full report at:

http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Bangladesh/Kheleda-knew-of-2004-grenade-attack-plot-against-Hasina/Article1-955329.aspx

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Former President Nasheed denounces DQP’s economic criticism of GMR contract

By Mariyath Mohamed | November 5th, 2012

Former President Mohamed Nasheed on Sunday slammed a pamphlet released by the Dhivehi Qaumee Party (DQP) which claims to detail the financial loss caused to the country through leasing the international airport to Indian infrastructure giant company, GMR.

“I assure you that no loss at all would be caused to the Maldivian people through having a foreign company manage the airport,” Nasheed assured the crowds of over 1500 supporters gathered at Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP)’s rally grounds Usfasgandu on Sunday night.

Full report at:

http://minivannews.com/politics/former-president-nasheed-denounces-dqps-economic-criticism-of-gmr-contract-46774

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Charity Says Threats Foil Medical Aid in Myanmar

By THOMAS FULLER

November 6th, 2012

BANGKOK — Radical Buddhist groups are preventing doctors from delivering assistance to areas of western Myanmar affected by intense sectarian violence, an international medical charity said Monday.

The group, Doctors Without Borders, reported that many of its local staff members were afraid to work at refugee camps and medical centers in Rakhine State, where people wounded in clashes need treatment for wounds from guns, knives, arrows and other weapons.

“I’ve never experienced this degree of intolerance,” Joe Belliveau, the operations manager for Doctors Without Borders, said by telephone. “What we really need is for people to understand that giving medical aid is not a political act.”

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/06/world/asia/aid-for-refugees-in-myanmar-threatened-

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Southeast Asia

 

Indonesian Shiites forced to convert to Sunni

November 06 2012

The Surabaya office of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) has reported that 26 Shia refugees currently taking shelter at a sports centre in Sampang, Madura, East Java, had been forced to sign statements saying that they were willing to convert to Sunni.

Kontras Surabaya coordinator Andy Irfan said Monday that the 26 Shiites comprising nine families had been forced to sign such statements on Nov. 1.

The statements say, among other things, that the Shia followers were willing to return to “the right path” and to obey Sunni clerics’ directives.

“Officials and even police officers witnessed the signings,” Andy said as quoted by tempo.co on Tuesday.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/11/06/sampang-shiites-forced-convert-sunni-kontras.html

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Indonesia: Police arrogance, brutality may harden resolve

November 06 2012

A mother of two children could not conceal her contempt for the police while displaying a 3-centimeter scar left near her left eye.

The woman, who requested anonymity citing fear of reprisals, claimed that she was struck by a police officer during a counterterrorism raid in Poso, Central Sulawesi.

“Why me? If the police had evidence that I did something illegal, then just arrest me. I can’t accept their arrogant and brutal acts against innocent civilians like me,” the woman said.

Her run-in began when she heard a ruckus outside her house in Kayamanya on Saturday at noon. “Suddenly somebody shouted ‘Anybody here?’ I was a little shocked and I didn’t immediately open the front door. To my surprise, a police officer holding a rifle kicked in the door when I was just about to open it. As a result, my face was slammed and heavily bloodied,” the woman, who was wearing a burqa when she was interviewed by The Jakarta Post on Monday, said.

Full report at:

http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2012/11/06/police-arrogance-brutality-may-harden-resolve-poso.html

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Mideast Asia

 

Israel arrests wife of Islamic Jihad leader, detained for more than a year without charge

Her husband has been detained without charge for more than a year

November 5, 2012

Nablus, West Bank: Israeli forces have detained the wife of an Islamic Jihad leader who is being held in administrative detention, Israeli and Palestinian sources said on Monday.

Palestinian security sources in the northern city of Jenin said Nawal Sa’adi, 52, was arrested at her home in the city’s refugee camp in the early hours of Monday morning.

An Israeli army spokeswoman confirmed the arrest.

Full report at:

http://gulfnews.com/news/region/palestinian-territories/israel-arrests-wife-of-islamic-jihad-leader-1.1098570

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Israel Advances Plans for 1,213 New West Bank Settlement Homes

November 6th, 2012

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel has announced plans to press ahead with construction of 1,213 homes on annexed West Bank land, defying international opposition to its settlement policies.

The Israel Land Administration on Monday published notices inviting bids from contractors to build on plots in Ramot and Pisgat Zeev, urban settlements that Israel has declared part of Jerusalem.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/11/06/world/middleeast/06reuters-palestinians-

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Israel ready to strike Iran 'if necessary': Benjamin Netanyahu

Nov 6, 2012

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was ready to order a strike on Iran's nuclear facilities "if necessary", in an interview aired by Channel Two television on Monday.

"I am, of course, ready to press the button if necessary," Netanyahu said in the interview.

"I hope that that will not be the case. In the final reckoning, the responsibility rests with the prime minister and as long as I am prime minister, Iran will not have the atomic bomb," he said.

Full report at:

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Israel-ready-to-strike-Iran-if-necessary-Benjamin-Netanyahu/articleshow/17109545.cms

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Yemen govt backers besiege Qaeda-linked tribal chief

Upon his return to the south of Yemen Tarek al-Fadhli – a tribal chief suspected of link to Al-Qaeda – found himself besieged in his residence by Yemeni militiamen backing the government

 6 Nov 2012

Yemeni militiamen backing the government in the south have besieged the residence of a tribal chief suspected of links to Al-Qaeda upon his return to the region, a local chief said on Tuesday.

Gunmen from the local Popular Resistance Committees have been surrounding since late Monday the house of warlord Tarek al-Fadhli, who has fought in Afghanistan, upon his return to the southern city of Zinjibar, said Hussein al-Waheshi.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/57277/World/Region/Yemen-govt-backers-besiege-Qaedalinked-tribal-chie.aspx

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Gaza border blast injures three Israeli troops

Israeli Defense Forces soldier injured as a result of Gaza explosion while on border patrol

6 Nov 2012

Three Israeli soldiers were injured on Tuesday morning by an explosion along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said.

"An IDF soldier was moderately wounded and two others lightly wounded while on a routine activity earlier this morning, adjacent to the security fence in the southern Gaza Strip," the military said in a statement.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/57263/World/Region/Gaza-border-blast-injures-three-Israeli-troops-.aspx

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Iran: Canadian Ruling Assailed

By IAN AUSTEN

Relations between Iran and Canada, already at a low point after Canada severed diplomatic ties in September, worsened Monday as Iran denounced a Canadian court ruling that froze Iranian government assets in Canada. The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Ramin Mehmanparast, said Iran held Canada’s government responsible for the court order, issued last week, which applied to Iran’s embassy in Ottawa, two former cultural centers and a diplomatic residence. Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency quoted Mr. Mehmanparast as saying “the political motivations behind such a move are not hidden to anybody.” The Ontario Superior Court of Justice temporarily froze the assets in response to a request filed by the family of an American, Marla Bennett, who was killed in a Jerusalem bombing 11 years ago that was said to be the work of Hamas, the militant Palestinian group supported by Iran. Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/06/world/middleeast/iran-canadian-ruling-assailed.html?ref=middleeast

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Africa

 

From Sudan to Cyber, Secret War With Iran Hots Up

November 6th, 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - From a suspected Israeli airstrike in Sudan to cyber warfare in the Gulf and a drone shot down over Israel, the largely hidden war between Iran and its foes seems heating up and spreading.

Despite months of speculation, most experts and governments believe the risk of a direct Israeli strike on Tehran's nuclear program stirring regional conflict has eased, at least for now. But all sides, it seems, are finding other ways to fight.

For the US and European powers , the main focus remains on oil export sanctions that are inflicting ever more damage on Iran's economy.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2012/11/06/world/middleeast/06reuters-iran-covert-

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Minister: Important Steps Made in Mali Talks

November 6th, 2012

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — The foreign affairs minister of Burkina Faso says important steps have been made after three days of talks with an extremist group whose members control parts of northern Mali.

Djibril Bassole told reporters late Monday that negotiators had made progress but that Ansar Dine representatives now want to speak with their own leader.

Full report at:

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2012/11/06/world/africa/ap-af-mali-

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Eight arrested over Tunisia opposition figure death

Eight people were arrested because of the death of opposition party official Lotfi Naguedh last month during a protest that turned violent by supporters of Tunisia's ruling Islamists

5 Nov 2012

Eight people have been arrested over the death of an opposition party official last month during a protest by supporters of Tunisia's ruling Islamists that turned violent, his family said on Monday.

"They arrested eight people yesterday (Sunday)," said Fethi Naguedh, the brother-in-law of Lotfi Naguedh, who represented the Call of Tunisia party in the southern town of Tataouine, where the violence took place.

Full report at:

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/2/8/57223/World/Region/Eight-arrested-over-Tunisia-opposition-figure-deat.aspx

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